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Walking in Portland

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Information and resources for pedestrians compiled by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), including free guided walks, tips for staying safe, and information about how to navigate Portland streets.
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Portland is a great city for walking. Not only do we have great parks and trails by foot, we also have great neighborhoods and business districts that are fun to stroll.

Walking isn’t just for leisure, it’s also a great transportation option. Choosing walking for shorter trips will benefit your health, and recent studies show it can reduce stress and make you happier too.

Maps for walking and biking

preview of North Portland Bike and Walk bike

Explore and download free maps created by The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) that highlight walking paths and community features including parks, restrooms, public art and points of interest. 

Portland Walking Maps 

Portland Walking Guide 

Learn the benefits of walking, tips for staying safe, and how to navigate Portland streets. 

Free community events

Connect with neighbors and learn about different parts of Portland through these free events.

  • Sunday Parkways - Monthly open street events from May to September, each in a different neighborhood.
  • NeighborWalks -  Guided group walks from May to October, in partnership with AARP and Oregon Walks. 
  • Steptember - An annual festival of guided walks and walking-related events supported by Oregon Walks. 
  • SW Trails guided walks - Monthly walks through areas of southwest Portland sponsored by the community organization SW Trails.

Low traffic streets for pedestrians

Neighborhood greenways are Portland's network of streets with low traffic volume and speed where pedestrians and bicyclists are given priority. With over 100 miles of neighborhood greenways, find the one nearest you and give it a try. 

Neighborhood Greenways 

Suggested walks around Portland 

Three East Portland Parks Walk Map

Looking for inspiration for your next stroll? These suggested walking routes include the mileage, a description of the walk, turn by turn directions and a map to help take out the guesswork.

You can browse them online or download PDF at the bottom of each route to print and bring with you. 

Explore walking routes

Portland's plan for walking investments

logo for PedPdx , text says Portland's citywide pedestrian plan

PedPDX is Portland's Citywide Pedestrian Plan. It prioritizes sidewalk and crossing improvements to make walking safer and more comfortable across the city. Learn more about the strategies and tools it has identified to make Portland a great walking city for everyone. 

PedPDX Plan 

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