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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Crosswalks in Portland

  • Report a crosswalk concern or other safety issue Submit a non-urgent traffic safety concern using PBOT's online form.

  • Common questions about crosswalks Why PBOT doesn't mark all crosswalks, and answers to other common questions.

  • Crosswalk guidelines for Portland How PBOT designs crosswalks to protect people walking.

Every intersection, and certain midblock locations, are legal crosswalks in Oregon (ORS 801.220). Crosswalks vary in their design; some are unmarked, while others have stop lines, median islands, rapid flashing beacons or other elements that can improve safety.

Portland tailors each crosswalk’s design to its location. In general, roadways with more travel lanes, higher speeds and a greater number of people driving, walking and biking need extra elements to meet safety standards.

PBOT crosswalk guidelines have two parts:

    1. flow chart describes how Portland identifies crosswalks needing safety enhancements.
    2. If the flow chart finds that a location needs enhancements, PBOT engineers select from a suite of options to meet safety standards.

Crosswalk guidelines for Portland

How PBOT identifies locations and designs for marked crosswalks

Walking in Portland

Maps, wellness tips, Pedestrian Advisory Committee, sidewalk construction, and more.

Common questions about crosswalks

Why PBOT doesn't mark all crosswalks, and answers to other common questions.

Report a crosswalk concern or other safety issue

Submit a non-urgent traffic safety concern using PBOT's online form.

Safety resources for walking

Brochures, videos, fliers and more on traffic safety in Portland.

Vision Zero

Crosswalks are a key part of PBOT's work to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2025.