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The walking environment is an essential part of Portland. It is the base from which all residents, employees and visitors experience our city. The Office of Transportation’s goal is to ensure that Portland walking environment provides the foundation to build community in our City. Everyone who travels in the city is a pedestrian at some point whether they walk as their primary transportation mode, walk their bike to a locker, walk to a transit stop, or walk from a car to their destination. That is why we think the city’s pedestrian system is vital to everyone, regardless of his or her transportation choice.
Walking—and active, friendly streets—are part of Portland’s famed livability. Portland earned this reputation by recognizing that a livable community is one where people walk. City leaders have placed a priority on creating places where pedestrians are safe and comfortable, where the streets and sidewalks are full of people and activity and where the presence of people deters inappropriate activities such as crime and vandalism.
It takes more than just good sidewalks to ensure an active street life—it requires attention to all the elements in the right of way, such as landscaping, lighting, traffic speed, transit, crosswalks, bicycles and paving materials.