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News Blog: How do you walk? Exploring Portland's walking experience

Follow eight different Portlanders with different abilities, from different parts of the city as they narrated what walking means to them, the challenges they face walking in Portland, and their hopes for Portland as a great walking city for everyone.

(March 21, 2018) How do you walk in Portland? That was the question that graduate students in the University of Oregon’s Multimedia Journalism Master’s program asked eight Portlanders. The answers, made into a series of eight short videos, are surprisingly diverse and profoundly poignant. The video series was introduced last night at the public screening:  PedPDX: Pedestrian Stories at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication’s (UOSOJC) Portland campus in the White Stag Building. The videos can be viewed online at

The co-hosted event with the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication and the Portland Bureau of Transportation, marked the beginning of the public conversation and dialogue about the many ways that Portlanders navigate their city as pedestrians. PBOT invites Portlanders to share their own walking stories in photos, videos, and text on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter by tagging the bureau at @PBOTInfo and using #PedPDX. 

  • Why do you care about walking?
  • What do you experience walking where or how you walk?
  • What are your hopes for Portland as a great walking city for everyone? 

We want to hear from you!

These stories will be an important source of input into PedPDX, Portland's Citywide Pedestrian Plan. The plan will prioritize sidewalks, crossing improvements, and other investments to make walking safer and more comfortable across the city. In service of this work, PBOT aims to elevate public understanding of the range and diversity of needs that Portlanders have when it comes to walking.

We look forward to continuing this important conversation. In May, PBOT will release a citywide survey about walking in Portland as we continue the 20-year updated of Portland’s citywide pedestrian master plan. Sign up for updates about PedPDX at

To discuss more, please contact the PedPDX team at