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 2014 pedestrian traffic was counted at 17 sites throughout downtown.
Findings from the 2014 summer pedestrian count include the following:
- Few sites saw significant year-over-year changes in levels of pedestrian traffic.
- Those with significant decreases were adjacent to road construction projects.
- Those with significant increases were in areas where Amazon.com continues to expand. One exception was a site in the International District.
- Overall, there tends to be more pedestrian traffic overall during summer. An exception the last two summers is 6th and Pine, which has heavy holiday traffic each December.
Find more information and detailed reports at the links below:
- Downtown Seattle Pedestrian Counts Interactive Graph
- Historical Pedestrian Counts (Excel file)
- 2014 Summer Pedestrian Count Summary
Previous pedestrian count summary reports:
- 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
For pedestrian count reports from past years, visit our Research Library.