Walks

Tanner Springs Park walkway
Tanner Springs Park in the Pearl District, one of many Portland urban walks

WalkingPDX is all about walking to your favorite Portland destinations.

But we recognize that people of all ages and levels of mobility visit Portland, so we also offer public transportation alternatives. There is always a bus, Max Train, or Portland Streetcar nearby. Be sure to download the TriMet App to locate the near public transit stop and the time of arrival. The free App is available for Android (Google Play Store) and IOS (Apple’s App Store).

Ranking Our Walks

Rather than give each walk a rating, we can say all our walks are “easy;” most along city walkways are wheelchair accessible.

Although we haven’t tracked the exact distance of each walk, they all are between 1-2 miles roundtrip. Sound a little short?

One reason the mileage is short is that Portland city blocks are only 200 feet long, compared with 500-foot-long blocks (like New York and other cities). 

Here are some facts provided by PBOT (Portland Bureau of Transportation):

Portland Walking Facts

Courtesy of Ellen Vanderslice
 
*There are 30,027 blocks in the City of Portland. (Portland Pedestrian Master Plan)
 
*Portland has 165 public staircases, with about 9,000 public stair steps. (Portland’s Little  Red Book of Stairs by Stefan Young)
 
*In 1994, Portland became the first city in the U.S. to undertake a comprehensive Pedestrian Master Plan, adopted Earth Day 1998.

Walking Tip

To get a walk signal at every block, walk briskly in the OPPOSITE direction from one-way traffic flow.

Enjoy Portland, one of America’s most walkable cities.