Neighborhood Business District Intercept Surveys

Neighborhood business district intercept surveys in: Green Lake, Ballard, University District, Fremont, Capitol Hill, First Hill, Chinatown/International District, Admiral, Columbia Center, Othello

Updated May 30, 2017

Seattle is a multimodal city, and customers and visitors to our neighborhood business districts use many different modes of travel. Through the Community Access and Parking Program, SDOT conducts regular intercept (in-person) surveys in our business districts. Survey results provide local business organizations and city departments with data to understand many variables including:

  • How often people visit neighborhood business districts
  • The purpose of their visit
  • How they got there (walking, driving, transit, biking, etc.)
  • If they drive, where they park
  • How travel patterns change over time

Here is a summary of data we have collected since 2011 by interviewing over 3,000 customers and visitors in ten different areas of the City.

Mode of access pie chart: Walk 39%, Drive 36%, Transit 20%, Bike 3%, Other 3%

Mode of access pie chart: Walk 39%, Drive 36%, Transit 20%, Bike 3%, Other 3%

Full Details by Neighborhood

Below is a summary of mode share by self-identified neighborhood residents and neighborhood visitors from past surveys. Full intercept survey results are provided below the tables.

Neighborhood resident mode of travel to neighborhood business district

Resident of neighborhood and year of surveyRespondentsWalkTransitDrive or carpoolPersonal BikeOther
15th Ave E, Capitol Hill (2016) 232 78% 9% 9% 3% 1%
U-District (2016) 192 78% 12% 7% 4% 0%
Columbia City (2016) 169 65% 13% 18% 4% 1%
Green Lake (2014) 106 56% 12% 24% 4% 4%
Capitol Hill - Pike/Pine (2014) 128 76% 13% 5% 2% 4%
Chinatown/ID (2012)* 81 40% 32% 21% 1% 6%
Ballard (2011) 128 59% 8% 28% 2% 3%
Fremont (2011) 58 57% 10% 22% 9% 2%
Columbia City (2011) 73 49% 23% 22% 1% 4%
Admiral (2011) 120 65% 11% 18% 4% 2%
Othello (2011) 120 63% 20% 9% 3% 5%
Capitol Hill  (2011) 138 67% 14% 8% 8% 3%

*Chinatown/ID survey grouped employees with residents.  All other survey areas in the table only show how neighborhood residents visit the respective neighborhood business district.

Neighborhood  visitor mode of travel to neighborhood business district

Neighborhood visitor and year of surveyRespondentsWalkTransitDrive or carpoolPersonal BikeOther
15th Ave E, Capitol Hill (2016) 117 16% 26% 52% 2% 5%
U-District (2016) 135 13% 28% 48% 6% 5%
Columbia City (2016) 227 9% 22% 65% 3% 1%
Green Lake (2014) 85 15% 13% 67% 4% 1%
Capitol Hill - Pike/Pine (2014) 157 23% 36% 37% 0% 4%
Chinatown/ID (2012) 209 16% 40% 39% 1% 4%
Ballard (2011) 171 5% 9% 79% 4% 3%
Fremont (2011) 159 11% 26% 58% 4% 1%
Columbia City (2011) 130 8% 10% 76% 3% 4%
Admiral (2011) 80 29% 15% 53% 4% 0%
Othello (2011) 89 13% 46% 35% 2% 4%
Capitol Hill (2011) 151 19% 30% 43% 4% 1%

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