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Apply to Become a Pedestrian Advisory Committee Member

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is recruiting 13 new members for the Portland Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
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PBOT is recruiting new members for the Portland Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is currently recruiting applications for 13 new PAC members to serve a two-year term. The PAC is a City Advisory Body that advises City Council and all departments of the City (though primarily PBOT) on all matters that encourage and enhance walking as a means of transportation, recreation, wellness, and environmental enhancement.  In this context, walking includes the use of medically approved devices that provide a similar level of mobility. 

The PAC is a 15-member committee that meets once a month (currently virtually) to review and comment on City projects and other transportation-related initiatives, as well as projects lead by partner agencies. Committee activities typically include reviewing and making recommendations on transportation planning documents, project designs, and funding priorities as they impact pedestrians.

What We Look For

To be eligible for the advisory committee, members must live, play, worship, go to school, work or do business in the City of Portland. Additionally, applicants for membership should:

  • 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 2-3 hour meeting evening per month (currently scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month) and participating in the work of the committee. Future meetings may be virtual, in-person, or hybrid depending on future City guidance.
People move through a crosswalk at NE Multnomah in front of the Double Tree Hotel.
People move through a crosswalk at NE Multnomah in front of the Double Tree Hotel.

We want people from every part of Portland here to share their voice on this committee. If you want to serve your community and to help government make better choices, then we want to see your application. The attributes listed below are what will guide our selection process. We do not expect you to be or have everything listed.

  • Exhibit a passion for/commitment to improving walking conditions in Portland
  • Demonstrate an understanding of or lived experience with transportation and urban design issues
  • Represent a geographic range of perspectives across Portland, in particular from traditionally underserved geographic areas of Portland.
  • 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 justice and/or racial justice experience
    • recreational user (such as leisure walking, running/ jogging, dog walking)
    • transit (bus, MAX, etc.) ridership/advocacy
    • lived and/or professional experience with children/ education/ youth /older adults
    • lived and/or professional experience with communities who have been marginalized and underserved in Portland
  • Are new to participating in City processes/committees
  • Demonstrated ability to listen and consider other perspectives and constructively contributing to the work of the committee.

Total number of advisory seats: 15
Number of seats available: 13

How to Apply

Applications are due on or before January 15, 2022. Selected members will be notified of their appointment in late January 2022, and the first meeting with new PAC members will be February 15, 2022.

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Please direct any questions you may have about this volunteer opportunity to michelle.marx@portlandoregon.gov, or to gena.gastaldi@portlandoregon.gov, or to gregory.mallon@portlandoregon.gov