For more than a decade, the Portland Bureau of Transportation has printed neighborhood bike and walk maps and distributed them to the community for free. Today, neighborhood-specific sections of the map were stuck to traffic signal boxes on the street to show passersby how to get around actively.
The 13-inch by 27-inch maps posted at SE Clinton Street at SE Caesar Chavez Boulevard, NE Alberta Court at NE 42nd Avenue, and NE Morris Street at NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard are part of a test to see whether more maps should be produced. The three locations are on Neighborhood Greenways, side streets where active transportation is the priority.
The Transportation Bureau’s bike and walk maps show the safest and most efficient way for cyclists and pedestrians to get around town and feature community destinations such as schools, parks, grocery stores and libraries. The maps are extremely popular and have helped turn Portland into the nation’s best bike city.
Approximately 100,000 maps are handed out each year, with about one in five going to Portland visitors. More than 4,000 of the pocket-sized maps are handed out at Bridge Pedal alone.
Big maps will give both locals and visitors on-the-spot information about the transportation network around them. Each map shows an area of approximately one mile by one and a half miles. The maps also direct people looking for more active transportation resources to www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation.