A majority of Seattle voters support restricting car use in some shopping streets, such as Pike Place Market, as well as some nearby streets, according to new poll results released Wednesday.
More than 80% of respondents to a poll organized by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways and the Northwest Progressive Institute said they strongly (53%) or somewhat (28%) support allowing shopping streets to restrict vehicle loading and unloading – to help people “walk “. convenient and safe. “
Meanwhile, 67% said they strongly (37%) or somewhat (30%) support restricting vehicle traffic to delivery and local access on certain streets in the area to help people “walk, cycle, run and play”.
The tip was: “Seattle has ambitious goals for climate, health, justice, beautification, economy and safety. Do you support or object to the following changes to bring us closer to these goals? “
Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, like many human rights organizations in the city, is trying to justify its political goals as mayor-elect Bruce Harrell prepares to replace current mayor Jenny Durcan.
In Harrell’s race against M. Lorena Gonzalez, transportation received less attention than homelessness and public safety, but the next administration will have a lot of street issues to deal with.
The Change Research poll was conducted online in mid-October with 617 residents who said they were most likely to vote in Seattle’s November 2 elections. The reported margin of error was 4.1%, respondents were recruited via social media and text messages, and demographics were weighted based on the city’s 2017 electorate composition.
The same respondents were asked about the November 2 elections. Harrell, city’s attorney nominee Anne Davison and city council candidates Teresa Moskeda and Sarah Nelson topped the poll, according to results released ahead of the election, and each won.
Seattle Neighborhood Greenway CEO Gordon Padelford said the support for pedestrianized streets in the survey was astounding.
Finding in the survey that “many cities across the country, including Seattle, have made changes to their streets to make more space” for various activities, more than 80% of respondents said they support creating more space for restaurants and stores, “how the state is recovering from COVID-19, even if that means removing lane or parking spaces.”
Last year, the city launched the Cafe Streets pilot program in response to the pandemic and extended it until next May. The city also launched a Healthy Streets program in neighborhoods last year and pledged to make at least 20 miles permanent. The poll results show the city can build on these programs, Padelford said.
The majority of survey respondents said they support shrinking car space “as the state recovers from COVID-19” to create bus lanes, bike lanes and safe routes to schools. Support for these options ranged from 70% to 84%.
Adding homes, shops and community amenities “to create a city where people can walk to all their daily needs in fifteen minutes or less” was also popular, generating 81% support. Padelford believes the 15-minute city concept can help bridge political divisions over zoning and growth changes, he said.
Moving traffic control from police to traffic control was also popular in the survey, with 73% support.
The least popular idea was to require property owners to renovate sidewalks before selling property “to make the sidewalks safer and more accessible.” The concept received only 45% support.
The requirement was recommended last month by the city’s audit service, which reported that nearly half of Seattle’s sidewalks are in fair, poor or very poor condition. Property owners are usually responsible for the sidewalks adjacent to their property.