Elements of continuity

The concept design proposes incorporating consistent features throughout the corridor to create continuity along Pike and Pine streets.

Design rendering of proposed standard block with continuous elements

Proposed new block with continuous elements 1 through 5 described on this page.

Proposed standard block

Continuity elements to extend through the corridor:

  1. Consistent quality of sidewalk paving
  2. Signature crosswalk design
  3. Protected bike lane and vegetated buffer
  4. Two-globe pedestrian lighting
  5. Enhanced tree canopy
Each numbered item corresponds to a number on the map.

Paving and crosswalks

Proposed improvements

  • Install consistent crosswalk design
  • Repair broken sidewalks and maintain consistent quality of paving
  • Preserve distinct character of historic paving
"Please improve all the sidewalks and pavement, broken sidewalks are dangerous."
January 2017 open house
"Good paving is essential – encourage good quality, attention to detail."
Online feedback

Proposed paving plan

Map of Pike and Pine showing proposed paving treatment types and approximate locations: 1) 2-foot by 2-foot scored concrete paving (City standard) along Pine Street from 1st thorugh 4th avenues, 5th through 9th avenues, and Boren through Melrose avenues, and on Pike Street from 1st through 7th avenues and Boren through Melrose avenues; 2) 1-foot by 4-foot plank paving near the Washington State Convention Center; 3) Westlake paving near Westlake Center; 4) London blocks on 5th Avenue; 5) Pike Place Market historic brick near Pike Place Market; 5) 2-foot by 2-foot scored concrete crosswalk paving at most intersections, except near Westlake Center

Example images illustrating design elements

2-foot by 2-foot concrete crosswalk

2 x 2 concrete crosswalk

Standard City paving on a Seattle sidewalk

Standard paving

Plank paving near Washington State Convention Center

Plank paving


Lighting

Proposed improvements

  • Install consistent pedestrian lighting throughout
  • Increase visibility at intersections and transit station entrances
  • Improve lighting on freeway overpasses
  • Encourage new building signage and uplighting
"It would be fun to have a single consistent street light fixture along the whole corridor."
January 2017 open house
"Prioritize good light quality and forward-thinking light design."
Online feedback

Proposed street and pedestrian lighting plan

Map of Pike and Pine showing proposed lighting types and approximate locations: 1) Two-globe pedestrian poles along entire corridor; 2) Tri-globe pedestrian poles on 1st Avenue; 3) Cobra head street lights at intersections and on 1st Avenue; 4) Two-globe pedestrian poles plus Cobra head lights at select locations, including alleyways and on I-5 overpasses; 5) Cobra head street lights plus utility poles at select locations on Pike and Pine streets between Boren and Melrose avenues; 6) Existing building-mounted luminaires at the Washington State Convention Center; 7) Bridge-mounted lighting on I-5 overpasses; 8) New City standard fixtures on Pine Street between Minor and Melrose avenues

Example images illustrating design elements

Neon lighting at Pike Place Market

Existing iconic lighting

Two-globe pedestrian lighting in downtown Seattle

Two-globe street lighting

Railings on a pedestrian bridge with integrated lighting

Bridge mounted lighting


Trees and landscape

Proposed improvements

  • Enhance tree canopy and replace poor condition trees
  • Add new trees and landscaping
  • Add vegetated bike lane buffer throughout corridor for consistent swath of green
"Landscape elements at street level would improve pedestrian experience ‐ attractive, ecofriendly, reduce noise & fumes and aligned with NW values."
Online feedback
"Street trees are a big need, and it would be wonderful to have a continuous grove down Pike and Pine."
Online feedback

Proposed trees and landscape plan

Map of Pike and Pine showing existing trees or landscape along Pine Street at select locations from 1st through 9th avenues and along Pike Street from 2nd through 9th avenues and Boren through Melrose avenues, and proposed new trees and landscaping at the following locations: 1) Proposed new tree infill on Pine Street between 1st and 2nd avenues, 5th and 7th avenues, and 9th and Melrose avenues, and on Pike Street between 1st and 2nd avenues, 7th and 8th avenues, and 9th and Melrose avenues; 2) Proposed replacements for poor condition trees on Pine Street between 3rd and 4th avenues and on Pike Street between 1st and 3rd avenues and Boren and Melrose avenues; 3) Freeway landscape improvements along east side of I-5 between Pike and Pine and on Pine Street at Melrose Avenue; 4) Rehabilitate existing vertical landsape on Pike Street between 9th Avenue and Boren Avenue; 5) Vegetated bike lane buffer between roadway and protected bike lane along Pike and Pine throughout corridor

Example images illustrating design elements

Existing street trees on Pike Street between 4th and 9th avenues

Enhance existing tree canopy

Landscaping on a pedestrian overpass

Landscape elements on overpass

Permanent vegetated buffer between protected bike lane and roadway, providing a stripe of green and visual separation between modes of travel

Vegetated bike lane buffer


Protected bike lane

Proposed improvements

  • Enhance and extend new protected bike lanes
  • Raise bike travel path to level of sidewalk
  • Construct permanent, attractive vegetated buffer between bike lane and street
"Consider people who bike in the planning process. This area is a major multi‐modal corridor and a key bike connection between Downtown and Capitol Hill."
January 2017 open house
"Safer bike routes down Pike and Pine would increase commuting."
January 2017 open house

Proposed protected bike lane plan

Map of Pike and Pine showing proposed protected bike lane improvements and locations: 1) Proposed bike lane improvements on Pine Street from 2nd through 4th avenues and 5th through Melrose avenues extending into Capitol Hill, and on Pike Street from 2nd through Melrose avenues extending into Capitol Hill; 2) Existing 2nd avenue protected bike lane; 3) Shared street experience on Pine from 1st to 2nd avenues and 4th to 5th avenues, and on Pike from 1st to 2nd avenues

Example images illustrating design elements

Protected bike path raised to the level of adjacent sidewalk

Raised protected bike lane

Permanent vegetated buffer between bike lane and roadway

Vegetated bike lane buffer