Final Weekend of the Pedestrian Streets Pilot (weather permitting)

Update: Cancelled because of the weather.

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This Saturday marks the fourth and final weekend of a pedestrian-only zone on E Pike Street. During the month of August the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict, in partnership with the Seattle Office of Economic Development, Department of Transportation, and Police Department, piloted an initiative to temporarily open three blocks of E Pike Street to pedestrians on crowded Saturday nights with the intention of creating a better experience for residents, businesses, and visitors alike.

We have been collecting data on how street space is used during these pilot nights and on other, comparable nights throughout the summer. These results along with public safety and business data will be presented as part of debrief discussions in September. People interested in providing input will have opportunities to attend meetings and submit feedback online. Announcements about meeting dates and online survey links will be posted on this blog as soon as the details are finalized. We need to decide as a neighborhood whether we want these pedestrian street experiences to happen again next year.

We are actively tracking the rain forecast. We’ll be sure to post weather updates/cancellation notices here as the week progresses. Assuming the weather holds, here’s a rundown of what you can expect on the 29th.

8pm-10pm Free Swing and Salsa Classes 

Starting at 8pm, on the Broadway to 10th Ave block of Pike St, Century Ballroom is hosting queer friendly swing and salsa dance classes. The classes are free, so grab your partner and dance the night away!

All amplified sound will be done by 10pm.

10pm-2:15am Street Performers (sorry, no mimes!)

After the dance classes wind down, silent (or very quiet) performers will be in the streets from 10:00pm to 2:00am. Then, for a half hour right around closing time, musicians will serenade people goodnight and indicate that it’s time to get out of the street, get some food or head home.

We still need more silent performers and we do have a budget to pay performers. Please respond to the contact information below if you know people that are interested.

For questions contact Alex Brennan at abrennan(at)capitolhillhousing(dot)org, (206) 204-3832.