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Pike People Street

Want to be a part of this year's program? We could use volunteer support from the neighborhood on our pedestrian street study. If you'd like to spend a couple hours, or a whole evening, conducting surveys and observations, you can sign up for shifts here:

VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP

We are excited to announce the plan for Pike People Street 2017! Every Saturday in July and August, targeted blocks in the Pike/Pine neighborhood will become pedestrian streets from 6 PM to 3 AM. We’ll also be creating more space for pedestrian activity on the second Thursdays of the month to coincide with the Capitol Hill Art Walk from 4 PM to 10 PM.

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.

READ THE FACT SHEET

On these 10 dates, well be creating temporary pedestrian spaces to give people more room to walk around and for in-street activities to occur. This consistent calendar of pedestrian streets will help alleviate sidewalk congestion and make room for outdoor cafes, art displays, and other community-led activities.

Have an idea for an in-street activity? We’ve made the process really simple and quick. If you'd be interested in helping activate the street during one of these testing events, please fill out one of these simple application forms. If you have art to show, a performance to give, a game to play, a cool piece of furniture to share, or are a business on the block that wants to spill outside, let us know.

Activation Application

Outdoor Café Application

Test configuration maps

Project Background

The concept for a pedestrian street program originated from community interest in testing a pedestrian street closure for Pike-Pine. Through a collaborative process involving the public, business community, and City staff, Pike People Street was developed. The program was first tested during three Saturday nights in the summer of 2015, and again during three pilots in the fall of 2016. After a post-pilot analysis and listening to community feedback, we’re expanding the program to run more consistently this summer.

Neighborhood Details

Pike/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.

Over 65 businesses are located in the six-block area we focused on. With new buildings coming in that have ground-level storefronts, this number will also be expanding.

On a typical summer weekend night, we observed 25,000-30,000 people walking in the area. When the neighborhood was originally laid-out, they didn't anticipate this level of activity on the streets. Pike People Street aims to take this limited street space and create the appropriate balance between vehicle access, pedestrian mobility, and streetscape activation.

Contact

We'd be happy to talk by email, on the phone, or in person.

Email: brian.henry@seattle.gov 
Phone: 206-684-5146
Mail: PO BOX 34996
Seattle, WA 98104

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