Sidewalk Data in King County's Urban Growth Boundary

This report describes the development of geospatial sidewalk data for the King County Urban Growth Area. Prior to the development of this data set, sidewalk data in King County were limited to select jurisdictions and existed in multiple, sometimes incompatible, formats.

Existing sidewalk data were collected from 30 of 40 jurisdictions and standardized to a geographic information system (GIS) data format that stores sidewalk coverage as attributes of King County street network centerlines. For each street segment, each side was coded as full, no, or partial sidewalk coverage. An automated coding method was developed to standardize existing data when possible. Sidewalk coverage for jurisdictions with no existing sidewalk data or with data formats incompatible with automated coding were coded manually with the aid of internet mapping resources. A total of 27 jurisdictions, including unincorporated King County, were manually coded.

Overall rates of agreement between automated and manual coding were 0.95, with higher rates of agreement for street segments with full and no (0.94 to 0.97) compared to partial sidewalk coverage (0.70 to 0.72).
Publication Date: 
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Publication Number: 
WA-RD 806.2
Last modified: 
10/12/2016 - 15:42
Anne Vernez Moudon, Bumjoon Kang, Jason Scully, Orion Stewart.
Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC)
Number of Pages: 
Sidewalks, Geographic information systems, Data collection, Walkways, Data files, Streets.