With 80 miles of parks trails and 346 miles of sidewalks, walking in Bellevue is a great option for getting around. As spring turns to summer the longer days and clearer skies also provide us with ample opportunities to get outside and walk. Read on for information about walking in Bellevue, including an opportunity to attend the Walkable Washington Symposium and Grand Connection, walking incentives, and walking resources.
Walkable Washington Symposium: Collaborate. Innovate. Celebrate.
Are you a coordinator of transportation programs at your company or building? Would you like to learn about how walkable communities are planned and designed; how to advocate for greater walkability in your community; or what Bellevue’s proposed Grand Connection is about?
Tuesday June 7th the Walkable Washington Symposium comes to Bellevue City Hall, 9am-4pm. This statewide event is hosted by Feet First, an organization that works to “ensure all communities across Washington are walkable…a world that cares about health, community and design”. Keynote Speaker Dr. Eric Sharnhorst, designer of the people-powered Walk Score and currently examining livability, will address the audience and over 150 leaders, planners, engineers, educators, and advocates from across the state will attend the event to educate, energize and inspire the next generation of leaders. The day will be broken into three sessions, each hosted by experts focusing on design and engineering, advocacy and encouragement, and vision and planning.
Following the symposium will be a WALKshop from 4:15-5:15pm offering a sneak peek of Bellevue’s expansive new initiative: the “Grand Connection,” which will create a new vision for place-making and connectivity from Lake Washington waterfront through downtown and ultimately connecting with the regional Eastside Rail Corridor.
After the WALKshop, the networking will continue with a no-host happy hour. It’s a great way to end a jammed packed day of fantastic speakers, learning, and sharing.
Tickets: Register today for this unique learning and networking event. Last year’s symposium was sold out! Choose Your Way Bellevue participants get tickets for just $45; a 50% discount! Select the non-profit rate when you register. There are only 20 tickets left at this rate, so make sure to get your ticket today! Your registration includes the WALKShop.
Are you limited on time? Then join us for just the “Grand Connection” WALKShop at 4:15. The walk is FREE for Choose Your Way Bellevue participants; however, you must register in advance and tickets are limited. Select the Choose Your Way Bellevue participants WALKshop only rate when you register.
Grand Connection: The Grand Connection is a pedestrian-oriented, non-motorized corridor beginning at the waterfront of Lake Washington at Meydenbauer Bay Park, the Grand Connection extends through Bellevue’s dynamic downtown, and ultimately connects to the Eastside Rail Corridor. It is envisioned as a unique and defining urban experience that would create new opportunities in public space, connectivity, and place-making while advancing the arts, recreation, and social engagement.
Recently a Grand Connection Visioning Charrette was held in collaboration with the Bellevue Arts Museum and nearly 80 architects, artists, planners, and urban designers who came together to explore opportunities surrounding the project. Use this map tool to comment on the project or read about related documents.
Walk and Win: Anyone who lives or works in Bellevue and logs 8 or more days of walking trips on the Choose Your Way Bellevue Rewards calendar to, from, or within Bellevue during the month of June will be entered to win one of eight $25 REI gift cards!
Apps: Interested in counting your steps? The Pacer app will count for you! Free to download.