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Portland Pedestrian Advisory Committee

Portland Pedestrian Advisory Committee

Deadline for Applicants: January 20 at 11 pm.

Staff Liaison: Michelle Marx;; See below for PBOT information phone line

Application: (Instructions below)

Purpose and Background

It is important for people who are interested in serving on the committee to understand and support the background and mission of this volunteer committee.

The purpose of the Portland Pedestrian Advisory Committee is to advise City Council and all departments of the City on all matters that encourage and enhance walking as a means of transportation, recreation, wellness, and environmental enhancement.  In this context walking includes the use of medically approved devices that provide a similar level of mobility. The Pedestrian Advisory Committee is a perpetual body.

Committee activities include:

  • Review and make recommendations on planning documents prepared by City bureaus affecting pedestrians and pedestrian facilities.  These shall include but are not limited to the Comprehensive Plan, the Transportation System Plan, Neighborhood Plans, area-wide Development Plans, and the Central City Plan.
  • Review and make recommendations on Capital Improvement Projects developed within the City boundaries by governmental agencies to ensure that pedestrian needs and pedestrian facilities are given full attention.
  • Review and make recommendations regarding funding priorities for Pedestrian program activities, Capital Improvement Projects, and other activities insofar as they relate to Pedestrians.
  • Maintain and periodically update the Portland Pedestrian Design Guide and Pedestrian Master Plan.  Monitor the implementation of those documents.
  • Monitor activities of other City Bureaus, jurisdictions, Metro, and the State as they affect pedestrians and pedestrian facilities in the City.
  • Ensure that pedestrian policies and plans promote equity by meeting the needs of people from traditionally underserved communities.
  • Assist Portland Transportation staff in setting priorities for pedestrian improvements.
  • Provide staff with comment and recommendations relating to urban design and planning issues including transportation needs and other elements of the public realm and the pedestrian environment.
  • Advise City staff on issues related to promoting pedestrian safety and education.

Total number of advisory seats: 15

Number of seats available: 5

Who can join

To be eligible for the advisory committee, members must live, play, worship, go to school, work or do business in the City of Portland.

Additionally, applicants for membership should:

  • Have an interest in promoting walking for transportation, recreation, and environmental enhancement
  • Have good communication skills for working on a committee
  • Commit to attending one 2-3 hour meeting evening per month (currently scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month) and participating in the work of the committee.

What We Look For

We want people from every part of Portland here to share their voice on this committee. If you want to serve your community and to help government make better choices, then we want to see your application. The attributes listed below are what will guide our selection process. It is helpful if you are specific in your answers. We do not expect you to be or have everything listed.

  • Exhibit a passion for/commitment to improving walking conditions in Portland
  • Demonstrate an understanding of or lived experience with transportation and urban design issues
  • Contribute to geographic diversity on the committee
  • Contribute to a diversity of pedestrian-related perspectives on the committee, such as any combination of the following demonstrated interests/perspectives:
    • commercial/ business/ economic development knowledge
    • disability experience/ awareness of the different ways people “walk”
    • safety advocacy
    • social or racial justice experience
    • recreational user (such as leisure walking, running/ jogging, dog walking)
    • transit (bus, MAX, etc.) ridership/advocacy
    • children/ education/ youth engagement
    • service to vulnerable communities/ underserved Portlanders
  • Are new to participating in City processes/committees
  • Demonstrated ability to listen and consider other perspectives and constructively contributing to the work of the committee.

Time Commitment

  • Monthly meetings will take place on weekday evenings at Portland City Hall. Meetings are currently scheduled 6:00-8:30 pm on the third Tuesday of each month.
  • Members are involved for a duration of 2-year terms, or no more than 8 consecutive years.
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time. Meeting materials for review may be sent with minimal time to review, possibly as few as forty-eight hours (or two days) in advance.

We Remove Barriers

Let us know if there are barriers to your participation. Dinner will be provided at evening meetings. Public transportation or parking passes will be available if you need those to fully participate.

Volunteer Ethics

People who join this committee will become what we call “Public Officials,” which means that while you serve you must behave fair and ethically. We will provide training on this once you are accepted. Part of following Public Officials Ethics laws means you must tell the group when you or a relative may financially benefit (or avoid fees) by your recommendations. This is called a “Conflict of Interest.” If you tell us about potential Conflicts of Interest that does not mean you cannot serve, in fact, many committees have potential members with Conflicts of Interest. We appreciate your ethical inclusion of possible Conflicts of Interest on the form included in the application.

How to Apply

Applications are due on January 20 at 11 pm.


Online submission is the preferred, fastest method to get the application into the hands of the selection committee. We suggest you pre-write and save your answers in a separate document, so you have your own copy, and to prevent loss of your work from internet disruptions. You may request to submit a Word version of the application. Email to request a Word version.

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at or PBOT information and referral: 503-823-5185.

Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information

The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Completing the demographic information on the application is voluntary, but we encourage you to provide that information.  The City uses this information to help ensure that advisory body appointments represent a broad cross-section of community. Your information will not be used during the recruitment nor the selection process. State and federal law prohibit use of this information to discriminate against you. Questions about this may be sent to

General Questions

For general questions about the Advisory Bodies program, the volunteer recruitment process, or other upcoming advisory body opportunities please email

We Encourage You to Apply

We welcome you to browse our website to learn more about the bureau and the Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

Do you have questions or need more information? Email or PBOT information and referral: 503-823-5185