Pedestrian Counts

Pedestrians on Pine

Please note that this project was discontinued in 2015. 

The Downtown Seattle Association and Metropolitan Improvement District conduct pedestrian counts each year during the important summer (August) and holiday (December) seasons. These counts are done during the “peak” times over the course of one weekday: the morning commute, lunch rush and the afternoon commute. 

Use the tools in the map below to select the data of interest. The first count available is December 2006. Note that not all sites are available for each year or season. The most recent count available included a total of 18 sites. Twelve of these sites have been consistently counted since 2010. The line chart next to the map below shows the sum of the average peak hourly counts for all twelve of these sites for each summer and holiday season.

Pedestrian counts offer an opportunity to gain a sense of the unique traffic patterns at each site and can signal changes in the area. Pedestrian counts are a common, inexpensive and simple way of measuring overall volumes at a given site and across geographies. It is important to note that, though this study tracks individual sites over several years, individual pedestrian counts represent a snapshot in time influenced by several factors. Changes in the immediate vicinity such as road or building construction, special events and transit access may affect a particular site while broader trends such as office occupancy, local employment, land use changes and residential density may influence pedestrian counts over a larger area.