Friday Transportation Seminar (PBOT Edition): PedPDX: Addressing Equity through Citywide Pedestrian Planning

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Friday, March 15, 2019, 11:30am to 1:00pm PDT
Michelle Marx and Francesca Patricolo, Portland Bureau of Transportation
Karl Miller Center at PSU, 615 SW Harrison St., Room 465
PDH: 1 | AICP: 1

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. With the start of 2019, we're changing it up a bit! The seminar will be delivered 11:30 am (sharp) - 12:30 pm, with additional discussion over coffee and donuts (protect the planet—bring a mug!) from 12:30 to 1:00 pm. You can also watch online.

Periodically, we're teaming up with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to bring you special editions—featuring guest speakers from PBOT—merging our seminar series and the long-standing PBOT Lunch & Learn.


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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. 


  • Learn data-based approaches to addressing equity in transportation
  • Learn personal-narrative approaches to elevate public understanding of needs
  • Discover new approaches to equity in community engagement for impacting process and outcomes
  • Learn about proposed pedestrian design and policies 


Michelle Marx, Pedestrian Coordinator, Portland Bureau of Transportation

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, Transportation Planner, Portland Bureau of Transportation

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.


This 60-minute seminar is eligible for 1 hour of professional development credit for AICP (see our provider summary). We provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.


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 The Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University is home to the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), and other transportation programs. TREC produces research and tools for transportation decision makers, develops K-12 curriculum to expand the diversity and capacity of the workforce, and engages students and young professionals through education.