COVID-19 Safety, Recovery and Resilience

Face coverings are required in indoor public spaces and many outdoor spaces. State policy
Access City programs, people and projects helping Portland recover. Portland United

Volunteer. Play. Stay. Shop. Show the Rose City a little love. Here for Portland

Pedestrian Design Guide Update

The City of Portland's Pedestrian Design Guide is now available for public review.

The guide serves as the City’s primary guidance on how sidewalks should be built throughout Portland to ensure they are context-appropriate and accessible to people of all ages and abilities.
On this page

Public Review Draft Now Available

The Pedestrian Design Guide public review draft is now available. 

This public review draft is the culmination of nearly two years of coordination with our Technical Advisory Committee, our Stakeholder Advisory Committee, City staff across multiple bureaus and departments, as well as City Advisory Committees and Commissions. PBOT staff want to thank everybody who has dedicated their time to helping to craft this document.

To leave a comment:


The Pedestrian Design Guide was last updated in 1998, at which time it was considered one of the most forward-thinking pedestrian guidance documents in the country. Since then, the document has remained useful but additional policies and plans have been adopted by the City and within the region that an updated document should reflect and/or address.

Project Schedule

The public review period will extend through October 31, 2021, at which time the project team will review all comments received and revise the draft accordingly. The Pedestrian Design Guide will be adopted by PBOT Administrative Rule upon completion.

It is expected that any building permits of land use applications accepted after January 31, 2022 will be subject to the newly adopted Pedestrian Design Guide.

Related Documents

Background Documents

PedPDX – Portland’s Pedestrian Master Plan

1998 Pedestrian Design Guide

Project Documents