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PedPDX: Portland's Citywide Pedestrian Plan

PedPDX is here!

PedPDX will prioritize sidewalks, crossing improvements and other investments that will make walking safer and more comfortable across the city.


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What is PedPDX?

PedPDX is Portland’s citywide pedestrian plan. It will prioritize sidewalk and crossing improvements and other investments to make walking safer and more comfortable across the city. The plan will identify the key strategies and tools we will use to make Portland a truly great walking city.

PedPDX is an update of the 1998 Pedestrian Master Plan (PMP). Since 1998, the PMP has guided pedestrian-friendly design and policies in Portland, and has served as a model across the country. The PMP developed a project list that has guided investment over the past 18 years.

However, there is more we can do to make Portland a great walking city. Despite consistent investment in the pedestrian network, significant gaps and deficiencies remain, and new policy questions have emerged. An incomplete pedestrian network limits the City’s ability to absorb growth and meet the livability and access needs of residents, including safe walking access to public transit and essential services. The 1998 Pedestrian Master Plan has served inner Portland well, but has often struggled to provide adequate guidance for areas such as East Portland and Southwest Portland that present environmental challenges and right-of-way constraints.

PedPDX will reflect changes to pedestrian policy and design best practices that have emerged since the original Pedestrian Master Plan was adopted, including an emerging understanding of transportation equity and a Vision Zero approach to pedestrian safety. The updated plan will ensure that the City continues to lead the way in walkability, and will allow Portland to absorb growth in a sustainable way that encourages residents to walk, whether for commuting, shopping, going to school, or recreation.

Key Elements of the Plan:

The PedPDX citywide pedestrian plan will:

  • Establish a clear plan vision, goals, and objectives
  • Identify gaps and needs in Portland’s pedestrian network (including needs for new sidewalks, crossings, and other pedestrian improvements)
  • Prioritize needs to ensure that we are directing funding to locations with the greatest needs first (project prioritization will reflect the City’s commitment to improving equity outcomes and reaching our Vision Zero goal)
  • Articulate the strategies, actions, and tools we will use to improve walking conditions within prioritized areas, and across the city
  • Identify context-sensitive design solutions for various part of the city
  • Update the City’s pedestrian classifications and designations, which help drive pedestrian design requirements
  • Identify the performance measures we will use to track our progress implementing the plan over time

Future phases of PedPDX will update the 1998 Pedestrian Design Guide.

Project Timeline:

We expect to develop a draft plan for public review by fall 2018, with Council adoption in approximately winter 2018.


Questions?

Contact PedPDX@portlandoregon.gov

Last updated: 10/17/17


PedPDX CAC

Meeting materials and CAC info.

Pedestrian Master Plan 1998

Portland's 1998 Pedestrian Master Plan

Pedestrian Design Guide 1998

The Pedestrian Design Guide provides standards and guidelines for promoting an environment conducive to walking.

ADA Transition Plan

Learn more about the City's ADA Transition Plan going on now

Vision Zero

Portland is committed to ending traffic violence in our communities. Through the Vision Zero program, the City of Portland and our partners are working to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on our streets by 2025.

Pedestrian Resources

Information about walking in Portland