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Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC)

Are you passionate about making Portland a great walking city?

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is excited to announce the opportunity to apply for membership on Portland’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee(PAC). We currently have 11 seats available for committee membership for a term beginning in January 2018. Up to 6 alternate seats are also available. See below for more information about the PAC, including member qualifications and selection criteria.

Click here to fill out an online application. 


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Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2017. Selected members will be notified in early December 2017 for terms beginning January 2018. 

NOTE: This application is similar to the one used for the PedPDX CAC recruitment earlier this year. If you applied to the PedPDX CAC, you will be given the opportunity to fast-track your PAC application by using relevant materials you already submitted (although the application will not show what you already submitted).


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About the Portland Pedestrian Advisory Committee

The PAC is a 15-person committee that advises the City on all matters that encourage and enhance walking as a means of transportation, recreation, wellness, and environmental enhancement, and generally works to make Portland a better city for pedestrians. We advise City Council and City staff on transportation issues that affect pedestrians and the pedestrian environment.  If these issues are of concern to you, consider applying to be a member of the City of Portland Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

The committee is comprised of a cross-section of Portlanders, including walking and mobility advocates, neighborhood activists, urban planning professionals, and residents at-large. The mission of the City of Portland Pedestrian Advisory Committee is to represent and advocate for the needs of pedestrians by:

  • Reviewing and making 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
  • Providing 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
  • Reviewing and making recommendations on planning documents prepared by City bureaus affecting pedestrians and pedestrian facilities
  • Reviewing and making recommendations regarding funding priorities for Capital Improvement Projects and other activities insofar as they relate to Pedestrians
  • Advising Bureau of Transportation staff on issues related to public involvement
  • Advising City staff on issues related to promoting pedestrian safety and education
  • Promoting walking as the most environmentally friendly form of transportation, and for health and recreation
  • Monitoring implementation of PedPDX, Portland’s Citywide Pedestrian Master Plan (currently in progress)

PAC members are appointed by the Commissioner in charge of Transportation, and serve four-year terms.

Member Qualifications

PAC members must:

  • Be a resident or business owner in the City of Portland
  • 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-hour meeting per month (currently scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month) and participating in the work of the committee


Membership Selection Criteria

The PAC Subcommittee for Member Recruitment will recommend 11 applicants for membership to the Commissioner in charge of Transportation. Up to 6 alternate seats will also be available. Appointed members will serve a four-year term (January 2018 through December 2021).

PAC members will be intentionally selected to include a diversity of perspectives on the committee. Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • Exhibit a passion for/commitment to improving walking conditions in Portland
  • Demonstrate an understanding of transportation and urban design issues
  • Contribute to demographic diversity on the committee
  • 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


Attend a PAC Meeting

The PAC meets the third Tuesday of each month. Meetings are 6:00-8:00pm at City Hall. Members of the public are always welcome.

Current Members

Anthony Buczek (Co-Chair), Roger Averbeck (Co-Chair), Arlene Kimura, Brenda Martin, Brian Landoe, Chase Ballew, David Crout, Doug Klotz, Elaine O'Keefe, Eve Nilenders, Mark Person, Rebecca Hamilton, Rod Merrick, and Scott Kocher.


Current Alternates: Don Baack, and Gena Gastaldi.


Staff Contacts / Additional Questions

Questions about the 2017 member recruitment process may be directed to Francesca Patricolo at

General questions about the Pedestrian Advisory Committee can be directed to Michelle Marx at