With the 2017 season of Pike People Street pedestrianization of Pike/Pine complete, city officials want to know your thoughts on the program after three summers of testing various setups of closing the core of the nightlife district to automobile traffic. Here is the pitch on the latest survey from SDOT:
To evaluate this program, we are conducting a survey on the Pike People Street concept and how it was implemented in 2017. We want to understand what worked well, what could be improved, and gauge interest in future People Streets in the City. It should take about 5 minutes to complete.
The survey is gathering responses both on participant experiences during the People Street events and from local businesses that may have benefitted from any increases in foot traffic or impacted by the modified motor vehicle traffic flow and parking changes.
First tested in 2015, the initial E Pike car restrictions between Broadway and 12th Ave were an attempt to address issues of crowd control, sidewalk congestion, and LGBTQ visibility and accessibility in the Pike/Pine nightlife core of Capitol Hill, and the results indicated overwhelming support by participants for a more pedestrian-friendly corridor, city officials say. But the project also faced criticism from some businesses and property owners who said the nighttime street closure perpetuated the public image of Pike/Pine as a nightlife-only party district, that day-time oriented retail businesses weren’t benefiting equally, and that the project didn’t achieve its goal of increasing public safety in the area.
The initial pedestrian zone project was funded through a city grant the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce received in 2015.