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 Routes shown in color:
Bicycle lanes (blue), shared roadways (green), Neighborhood Greenways (double green), difficult connections for bikes (red dotted outlines), and more.
Multi-use paths (purple): These routes are paved for both walkers and cyclists.
Off-street paths and trails (dotted brown): These pedestrian paths through some of SE Portland's many parks offer a chance to see some nice views and greenery.
Transit Information: Bus routes and stops plus MAX light rail and Portland Streetcar routes and stations
Community Assets: Parks, community centers, schools, libraries, post offices, grocery stores, hospitals, fire stations
Other Walking Amenities: Traffic signals, public restrooms, water fountains, scenic vistas, and points of interest
Shopping Areas: 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.
Around the Neighborhood
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.