It’s a catch-22 when the economy is booming, because it almost certainly means traffic and transportation problems increase as well. The City of Bellevue knows this as well as its residents, so next week, the city will dedicate its biannual Neighborhood Leadership Gathering to issues of transportation.

Downtown Bellevue. Photo by Rachel Coward.

Downtown Bellevue. Photo by Rachel Coward.

Transportation Director David Berg will speak to residents, offering an overview of city, neighborhood, and downtown transportation issues, as well as offer ways to address congestion and traffic.

“The good news is that people want to live and work here, but this does put pressure on our transportation system,” said Berg in a statement. “We’re interested in hearing what people’s transportation issues are and how we can tackle them together.”

Additionally, the city will poll neighborhood leaders about sidewalks, crosswalks, cut-through traffic, and speeding. The city will make future decisions based on the feedback it receives regarding these issues.

Neighborhood association members, leaders, and the interested public are encouraged to attend the meeting at City Hall on Feb. 23, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Send your RSVP to or 425-452-6836.