The Metropolitan Improvement District conducts pedestrian counts each year during the important summer (August) and winter (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. Each shift is 1.5 hours. Nine sites have been consistently counted since 2007. In 2013 pedestrian traffic was counted at 17 sites throughout downtown.
Here’s a snapshot of the findings from the 2013 pedestrian counts:
- Summer 2013 saw a significant increase in traffic overall when compared to the previous year. Nearly all site counts were either flat or up year-over-year. Overall traffic at these site was up 13.4 percent.
- The site with the most significant year-over-year increase in pedestrian traffic was at Denny and Westlake.
- As in previous years, the tnedency for most sites is to see higher levels of pedestrian traffic in August versus December.
- The difference between the summer and winter counts is most pronounced at sites along the Waterfront. Summer counts there are consistently well above those in December.
- Pedestrian traffic continued to increase in the Waterfront neighborhood.
- During the 2013 counts, 6th & Pine experienced the highest level of pedestrian volumes during both the 2013 summer and winter counts.
Find more information and detailed reports at the links below:
- 2013 Holiday Pedestrian Count Summary
- 2013 Summer Pedestrian Count Summary
- 2012 Holiday Pedestrian Count Summary
- 2012 Summer Pedestrian Count Summary
- 2011 Holiday Pedestrian Count Summary
- 2011 Summer Pedestrian Count Summary
- 2010 Holiday Pedestrian Count Summary
- Historical Pedestrian Counts
- Downtown Seattle Pedestrian Counts Interactive Graph
For pedestrian count reports from past years, visit our Research Library.