Seventy-five percent of trips less than one mile are made by driving. Many of these short trips could be made on foot or by bicycle. It takes just 10 minutes to walk a ½ mile and 3 minutes on your bicycle – at a moderate speed. Portland has many miles of bicycle and pedestrian paths to help you increase your physical activity. Taking public transit is an easy way to increase the amount you walk too.
Bicycle lanes (blue), shared roadways (green), difficult connections for bikes (red dotted outlines), and more.
These routes are paved for both walkers and cyclists.
Off-street paths and trails
These pedestrian paths through some of Northwest Portland's many parks offer a chance to see some nice views and greenery. *Full map of Forest Park trails included*
Bus routes and stops plus MAX light rail route and stations
Parks, community centers, schools, libraries, post offices, grocery stores, hospitals, fire stations
Other Walking Amenities
Traffic signals, public restrooms, water fountain, scenic vistas, and points of interest
Retail areas are noted in purple for local shopping and services.
Note on dogs: Dogs on a leash are welcome on all walking paths and parks through Portland. Portland has several designated off-leash areas, some that are year-round and others at certain times. Click the link for detailed information or call 503-823-PARKS. Please remember to clean up after your dog.
Most of the trips we take are right in our own neighborhood. Walking to the market, library, or park is a great way to get to know your neighborhood and support your local business community. You can walk to your closest park in only ten minutes from home.
To Work or School
On a late spring morning, try walking to work or school. You may find that it’s closer than you think. If you know it’s too far, try walking to the next bus or MAX stop instead of driving.
Keeping safe requires paying attention to some simple rules you learned in grade school.
- Cross at the corner and use the crosswalk
- Walk against traffic on roads with no sidewalks
- Wear brightly colored clothing
- Watch for turning vehicles
- Look left, right and left again before crossing
- Establish eye contact with drivers and cyclists
- Stay to the right on off-street paths shared with cyclists
To report pedestrian safety concerns call 503-823-SAFE.