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Put your best foot forward as part of the Portland Pedestrian Advisory Committee

Members of the public are invited to apply and if selected, volunteers will serve a two-year term providing input on city transportation policy and projects.

Pedestrians walk across Lovejoy Street in Portland

Portland Bureau of Transportation is looking for people from all walks of life.

Photo by Tony Webster

If you like...

  • Long walks on Couch
  • The sight of a blinking crosswalk sign
  • Getting where you’re going safely

... then the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) could use your help.
Pedestrian deaths in the city are on the rise, despite 42% of our roadways seeing an average driver speed under 25 mph. To tackle this and other problems, it’s hard to beat having boots on the ground, and that’s where you come in.

PBOT is now accepting applications for its Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC), a group of 15 community members who will meet monthly to discuss “all matters that encourage and enhance walking as a means of transportation, recreation, wellness, and environmental enhancement.”

The PAC will provide input to City Council and other city government departments on transportation policies, programs like Vision Zero, and projects like Building a Better 82nd.

Other than a passion for pedestrian safety, applicants should have good communication skills and availability on the third Thursday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. The following attributes will also factor into selections:

  • Understanding of transportation and urban design issues
  • Geographic diversity across Portland
  • Experience in economic development, disability advocacy, racial justice, recreation, youth engagement, and other areas of interest
  • Being relatively new to participating on civic committees
  • Ability to listen and consider other perspectives

Applications are due by Nov. 19, 2023. Candidates will be notified about a month or two later, with the first meeting taking place on Jan. 18, 2024. You can email PAC Staff Liaison Gena Gastaldi with any questions.