Pedestrian Street Debrief Process

Below is an update from the City of Seattle about the community debrief process for the Pedestrian Street Pilot:

The Office of Economic Development, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Police Department, Capitol Hill EcoDistrict, and Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce collaborated this August to temporarily open sections of Capitol Hill’s Pike/Pine corridor to pedestrians. On three Saturday nights in August, Pike Street was open to pedestrians between Broadway and 12th Avenue. The sustained nightlife explosion in Pike/Pine has created a vibrant, public scene, but has also generated mobility, safety, and civility concerns.  In response, the project increased pedestrian access, improved police monitoring, and tested ways to create cultural change in the streets while celebrating the neighborhood’s LGBTQ identity and artistic culture.

The pedestrian street pilot is one part of a broad economic development strategy – the Capitol Hill 2020 Plan – to support a vibrant commercial district where daytime and nighttime businesses thrive. The full Capitol Hill 2020 Plan can be seen at www.capitolhill2020.org.

Based on input from community stakeholders, two concepts were tested – with and without community focused programming. Now that the Pike Street pedestrian pilot is complete, project partners want to get feedback on the pedestrian street experience.

Community feedback will be collected through an online survey until September 30 at www.surveymonkey.com/r/PikeStreet.

We have also scheduled two community meetings to hear from residents, businesses and others at 12th Avenue Arts (Pike Pine Room – 1620 12th Avenue) on:

  • Tuesday, September 22 from 6:00-7:30 pm, and
  • Thursday, September 24 from 9:00-10:30 am

Seattle Department of Transportation is processing data collected during the pilot to compare the pilot nights with other summer weekend nights, including intercept surveys, pedestrian counts, and activity mapping. Over 700 surveys were collected on six nights in late-July and August, both before and during the pilot.

Initial survey results shed light on what Capitol Hill is like on weekend nights—a mixed-use, multi-modal neighborhood. About 70% of people walked, biked, or used transit or rideshare as part of their trip to and from the area. During their visit, 59% of people visited a shop or restaurant, got coffee, went grocery shopping, or were there for work, in addition to many visiting the nightlife establishments. About one third (36%) live in Capitol Hill, First Hill, or the Central District, and about one third (36%) live somewhere else in Seattle. Most people (59%) also said they visited throughout the week, in addition to the weekend nights.

A full summary of input and data collected throughout the pilot as well as safety and available business data, will be available in late October.

Key contacts:

Heidi Hall, Office of Economic Development – 206-733-9967 and Heidi.Hall@seattle.gov

Brian Henry, Seattle Department of Transportation – 206-684-5146 and Brian.Henry@seattle.gov

Alex Brennan, Capitol Hill EcoDistrict – 206-204-3832 and ABrennan@capitolhillhousing.org