Pedestrian Streets – Pike Street Pilot

Pike St Ped Pilot_yogaLast month, pedestrians on Capitol Hill got to experience Pike Street like never before. On August 8, 15, and 22, starting around 8:00 p.m., several blocks of Pike Street were temporarily closed to vehicle traffic and opened up to pedestrians as part of a Pike Street pilot program. The result was the creation of a temporary new community space that quickly engaged local residents and visitors. It wasn’t long before we saw people begin to move about the repurposed public space in every direction possible, from sidewalk to sidewalk, revealing new connections between places previously separated by vehicle traffic. During some of the closure times, on-street programming such as live music, dancing, and yoga classes was provided.

We had staff involved to gather opinions on site and see how the space was being utilized. There were varying opinions following the pilot, and we’re still evaluating which aspects were a hit, and which parts need some improvement – in order to do so, we’re asking for your help!

Did you experience any of the Pike Street closures last month? If so, we’d love for you to provide us with your feedback via the following online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PikeStreet

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