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 December 19, 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 4,000 customers and visitors in thirteen different areas of the City.

Mode of access pie chart: Walk 40%, Drive 35%, Transit 18%, Bike 3%, Other 4%

Mode of access pie chart: Walk 40%, Drive 35%, Transit 18%, Bike 3%, Other 4%

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 survey

Respondents

Walk

Transit

Drive or carpool

Personal Bike

 TNC/Taxi

Other

South Lake Union (2017)

111

92%

2%

3%

1%

1%

1%

Uptown / Lower Queen Anne (2017)

218

75%

18%

4%

1%

1%

1%

Ballard (2017)

193

70%

5%

18%

5%

0%

2%

West Seattle (2017)

246

52%

11%

33%

2%

1%

1%

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.

** For studies prior to 2017, TNC and Taxis are included in the Other category.

Neighborhood  visitor mode of travel to neighborhood business district

Neighborhood visitor and year of survey

Respondents

Walk

Transit

Drive or carpool

Personal Bike

 TNC/Taxi

Other

South Lake Union (2017)

78

15%

23%

40%

1%

15%

6%

Uptown / Lower Queen Anne (2017)

182

19%

27%

33%

1%

13%

7%

Ballard (2017)

267

8%

10%

67%

5%

5%

5%

West Seattle (2017)

127

8%

12%

71%

3%

3%

3%

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%

** For studies prior to 2017, TNC and Taxis are included in the Other category.

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