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Pedestrian safety and access is an equity issue. In Portland, inadequate pedestrian infrastructure and traffic safety concerns disproportionately impact low-income communities and people of color. The City is attempting to rectify these inequities through PedPDX, Portland’s new citywide pedestrian plan (anticipated for adoption in Spring 2019). PedPDX prioritizes sidewalk and crossing improvements and other investments, policies, strategies and tools to make walking safer and more comfortable across the city.

Come learn about the strategies PedPDX is using to address transportation equity in Portland, including establishing a data-based prioritization for citywide pedestrian investments, identifying roadway and behavioral characteristics most closely correlated with pedestrian crashes in order to prioritize needs before crashes happen, using pro-active outreach to engage disproportionately impacted residents, and applying innovative pedestrian design and policies to address pedestrian infrastructure needs.

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Michelle Marx is the City of Portland’s Pedestrian Coordinator with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). She is the PBOT lead on pedestrian policy and design and manages the City’s Pedestrian Network Completion Program. She is currently leading the development of PedPDX (to be adopted Spring 2019), Portland’s Citywide Pedestrian Plan. Prior to joining the City of Portland, Michelle managed the Complete Streets program at the Seattle Department of Transportation and led the update to the Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan. Michelle received her Master’s in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin.

Francesca Patricolo is a Planner in the Policy Innovation and Regional Collaboration section of the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation. She specializes in addressing complex and contentious planning and public policy issues, as well as designing and advising on community engagement plans and processes for the bureau. She served as Deputy Project Manager for PedPDX: Portland’s Citywide Pedestrian Plan and is President of the Cascade Chapter of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). Francesca is a Master of Community and Regional Planning and a Master of Conflict and Dispute Resolution, both received from the University of Oregon.


Traffic engineering, Pedestrians, Transportation -- Planning -- Oregon -- Portland, Social justice


Public Policy | Transportation | Urban Studies | Urban Studies and Planning

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PedPDX: Addressing Equity through Citywide Pedestrian Planning



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