Complete Streets Bellevue & The Urbanist to Host Outreach Events in the Wilburton Neighborhood

It’s no secret that Bellevue is growing & changing. New developments are bringing new residents, new workers, and new shoppers to the city in a way that will define the Eastside for many decades to come. Light rail will open very soon, connecting our city with the rest of the region with reliable, sustainable transportation.

But how will the city grow? Who do we want to benefit from that growth? How will people riding our new light rail line connect with their schools, businesses, and homes? Complete Streets Bellevue & The Urbanist are partnering together to educate the community on the upcoming changes to Wilburton, one of Bellevue’s growth centers. We’ll also hear your feedback & ideas for how the city should build out its transportation infrastructure and share opportunities to engage. We’d love to have you at one (or both!) of the events below.

Event #1: Walking Tour
Saturday, August 6th from 11am – 1pm
Meet at Wilburton Light Rail Station
800 118th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98005
RSVP here

Event #2: Biking Tour
Saturday, August 13th from 11am – 1pm
Meet at Operations & Maintenance Facility East (OMFE)
1925 120th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98005
RSVP here

Event #1: Walking Tour near Wilburton Light Rail Station

In just a short time, East Link light rail will open and connect the Eastside with the rest of our region. However, the Wilburton neighborhood is currently full of car dealerships, strip malls, & minimal residential uses, and does not seem to be ready for the benefits that light rail will bring. The City of Bellevue is aware of this and is initiating significant rezone work that will define the character and growth of this changing neighborhood.

At this event, you’ll walk with CSB and Urbanist volunteers, who will share ways to get involved in the city’s process, answer questions, and hear your feedback on how we can craft policy to make this neighborhood the best it can be. The total walk will be approximately 1 mile in length, and we’ll end at the Pumphouse Bar & Grill on NE 8th St to relax and share what we observed. Additional route information to come as the event gets closer.

RSVP here
Meet at Wilburton Light Rail Station

Event #2: Biking Tour of Wilburton Neighborhood

For part two of our organizations’ tour of Wilburton, we’ll be hopping on two wheels. Bellevue transportation staff are planning significant investments in bicycle infrastructure in the city’s “growth corridors”, including Wilburton. On this tour, we’ll share examples of good tactical improvements the city has recently made and show where there can be improvements. Similar to our organization’s previous walking audits, we’ll collate participants’ feedback into a report which we’ll share with city staff as they begin their public outreach in September.

The route will be approximately 3 miles, contain some hills, and feature some on-street riding. However, we will ride and stay together as a group. Participants will be required to wear helmets, provide their own bike, and sign a liability waiver before they can participate. We’ll end our tour at the newly-opened Bellevue Brewing Company location in the Spring District, where we can eat, drink, be merry, and share what we saw.

RSVP here
Meet at Operations & Maintenance Facility East (OMFE)

We can only make a difference when we work together. By gathering together, learning from each other, and sharing how we’re each pledging to get involved, we can have a significant impact on the future of our city. We hope to have you join us at our events! Please reach out to with any additional questions.

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