- The One Less Car Challenge, in which people give up the use of one car for a month. The city not only provides information on alternative transportation methods, but free use of Flexcars when necessary.
- Reduce minimum parking spaces for certain areas.
- Connect all bike trails within the city.
- Increase the number of bike racks on public transportation vehicles as well as provide more free racks to the public.
- Development of “Green streets” and giving pedestrian traffic priority when developing land use.
Autoblog reader (and former Seattle resident and now SoCal jetsetter) jamie provided the following additional tidbits (and commentary) about Seattle:
- All the traffic lights
are set for 29 mph.
- Bus lanes and free bus fare. (It's really a pain to sit
in rush hour traffic, so the city fathers opened bus lanes so that bus patrons could "fly" by the disgruntled
masses in traffic jams. Result: many new bus patrons. Another thing they are trying is "free fare" bussing,
supported by a penny tax at the pump. Needless to say, something for nothing is quite a hit about town!)
- Express lanes. (It sure would be nice to commute from, say, Orange County to L.A.,
without a bunch of on-and off-ramps slowing down traffic. In Seattle, Interstate 5 has express lanes (2 lanes each
direction) down the center divider with only ONE exit per city. That would work soooo well on Orange County and L.A.