Pike People Street

What We Do

Picture of Pike Street with balloonsPike/Pine is a dense center of residential and commercial activity, and it will only become busier in the coming years. About 32,530 people live in the First Hill - Capitol Hill Urban Village Demographic Area and 86,850 people live in Council District 3, of which Pike/Pine is a part. Through the Pike People Street program, we:

  • Help the community create fun, relaxing, and safe spaces for pedestrians to explore events and socialize, especially during times of high-pedestrian traffic.
  • Collaborate with community groups, businesses, and residents to explore ideas for expanding space and activities for pedestrians in the area surrounding Pike Street on Capitol Hill.

What's New

Read the 2017 Work Plan

Want the quick version? We’ve made this 1-page fact sheet that has the critical details for this year’s program.

Program Goals

Outside Bimbos CantinaThe Pike People Street program seeks to:

  • Support community interest in increasing available space for pedestrians in destination neighborhoods
  • Increase community vibrancy
  • Ensure safety and mobility of the traveling public
  • Test out alternatives to develop a people streets program to be applied to other areas of the city

Find out more

Thank you for your interest in getting involved with the Pike People Street Program! Updates will be coming soon, so check back often.

In the meantime, please feel free to contact Brian Henry at 206-684-5146 or at brian.henry@seattle.gov

You may also be interested in downloading our action plan to learn more about the program's goals and background.

Prior to 2015, the idea of periodically closing Pike/Pine to auto traffic had been circling for at least four years from both community stakeholders and City departments, with interests varying from placemaking and business to safety and mobility. Given this interest, the City and community partners began to have broader conversations about the idea and what it might look like.

In the spring of 2015, Mayor Edward Murray put forth the Move Seattle Initiative, a strategic document outlining how transportation will be transformed under the goal of creating a safe, interconnected, vibrant, affordable, and innovative city. The idea of closing Pike/Pine fit with the vision of Move Seattle, and the concept became a reality.

Pike Street Pedestrian Pilots Data + Recommendation ReportAfter hashing out the details of what the community wanted and what could be feasibly implemented, E Pike St was temporarily opened to pedestrians and closed to vehicular traffic on three Saturday nights in August of 2015, between Broadway and 12th Avenue, in order to pilot a nighttime pedestrian street concept. Check out our post-2015-pilot report for the full results and recommendations.

The initial closure options considered were weekend nights, Sunday daytime, and during the second Thursday Capitol Hill Art Walk. There was enough interest to pursue a summer pilot series focused on a nighttime pedestrian street concept to address the overcrowded sidewalks on busy weekend nights. The other options weren't explored due to concerns about access during business hours and funding/organizational capacity.

There has also been interest in including fun programming in the street that celebrates the neighborhood identity. To both relieve pedestrian congestion and make the most of this high level of street life, we've continued exploring what a Pike People Street could be like.

A crowd takes in some in-street entertainment during one of the 2015 pilot closures

To get an idea of where we've come from, view our 2016 Draft Action Plan.

Pike People Street Action Plan 2016