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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Get to Know Your Streets

Types of Legal Crosswalks

  • A crosswalk exists at any public street intersection, including “T” intersections, whether marked with paint or unmarked. (ORS 801.220)
  • Crosswalks also exist between intersections (mid-block), but only if they are marked with white lines.
  • Pedestrians are only allowed to cross mid-block at an unmarked crossing if they are more than 150 feet from a marked or unmarked crosswalk. (Portland City Code 16.70.210)

types of crosswalks

Along with stopping for pedestrians at all legal crosswalks, motorists and cyclists also must:

  • Stop and remain stopped for students as directed by a crossing guard. (ORS 811.124)
  • Stop and remain stopped for a blind pedestrian using a white cane or guide dog until the pedestrian is completely across the roadway. (ORS 811.035)


Pedestrian Responsibilities

Oregon laws provide protection and opportunity to cross the street safely. At the same time, pedestrians are responsible for acting in a safe manner and crossing legally.

  • Before crossing, pedestrians must show intent to cross by extending part of their body, wheelchair, cane, crutch or bicycle into the roadway. (ORS 811.028)
  • Pedestrians need to allow drivers enough time and distance to stop before crossing. (ORS 811.005)

Two-lane crossingsStay Alert at Two-Lane Crossings

Cross with caution on streets with two or more lanes of vehicles traveling in the same direction. If one vehicle stops for a pedestrian and another vehicle overtakes it on either side, the pedestrian may not be visible and can be hit.

In this situation, you may be blocked from the view of other approaching motorists by a stopped vehicle. Before entering the next lane of traffic, STOP and look to make sure all approaching vehicles have stopped for you before crossing the next lane.

Know Your Signals

Know Your SignalsLOOK! Have cars stopped? Then go.
Watch for turning and oncoming cars.

DON’T START CROSSING! Finish crossing if already in the crosswalk when the signal begins flashing. Countdown signals let pedestrians know how much time remains to cross.

STOP! DON’T LEAVE THE CURB. You are usually mere seconds from a new WALK signal.

Rapid Flash BeaconsRapid Flash Beacons

Rapid Flash Beacons are installed at specific crossings to alert drivers to the presence of pedestrians. When pedestrians activate the push button system, yellow LED lights flash to let drivers know the crosswalk is in use.

After pressing the button make sure vehicles have stopped before crossing the street.

Say Hello to Neighborhood Greenways!


Neighborhood Greenways are residential streets with low speeds and low volumes of auto traffic where bicycles and pedestrians are given priority. They offer many new and exciting facilities to make your walk safer and more enjoyable.

What to expect on a Neighborhood Greenway

  • Pavement markings, or “sharrows,” alert drivers to expect people bicycling and have improved crossings and curb ramps to make pedestrian mobility safer and more enjoyable.
  • Speed bumps to help slow auto traffic.
  • Traffic diverters to keep cars trying to avoid busy main streets from cutting through on neighborhood streets.

Click for more information and maps of current Neighborhood Greenway projects.