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.”
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.