Land use influences how people get where they need to go. If destinations are too far or unsafe to walk, bike, or bus to, driving is more common. Currently vehicles contribute half of Kirkland’s greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing air pollution from vehicles improves the community’s health. Pollution also gets washed from roads and roofs into lakes and streams.
The City encourages smart compact growth that reduces the need to drive by supporting:
Between 2009-2019, Kirkland added nearly three miles of new sidewalk. Almost 70% of the 2015 planned bike lane network is built and the City is expanding the Neighborhood Greenways network. The City received a bronze rating from Walk Friendly Communities and Bicycle Friendly Communities (pdf).
Key land use and transportation goals include:
Summary of Land Use and Transportation Focus Area(PDF, 227KB)
Kirkland's Sustainability Master Plan, adopted in 2020, identifies actions the City and Kirkland community can take to fight climate change and make our natural spaces healthier.
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