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PedPDX - Portland's Citywide Pedestrian Master Plan

PedPDX logoWelcome!

PedPDX is coming Spring 2017


Project Status

PedPDX is coming soon! Up-to-date project information and announcements will be posted here as the project progresses.

In the meantime, please feel free to sign up to receive periodic plan updates, including links to project documents and public involvement opportunities.

Click here to sign up for text or email project updates

(Please note that this registration is only to receive information related to PedPDX.)


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:

PedPDX will kick off in Spring 2017.

We will develop a draft plan for public review by July 2018, with Council adoption in approximately Fall 2018.


Register for Project Updates!

Click here to register to receive periodic email and/or text updates and announcements about PedPDX, including links to project documents and public involvement opportunities.

(Please note that this registration is only to receive information related to PedPDX.)


Project Documents

Project documents will be posted here as they become available. 


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.

Pedestrian Resources

Information about walking in Portland