Pedestrian Count

Twice each year, pedestrian traffic is counted at key intersections during peak hours within the Downtown Portland Clean & Safe District and compared to previous counts to see how activity changes. The counts measure the foot traffic entering each intersection, and is conducted by contracted individuals using directional counting boards to track the number of pedestrians entering from each direction for a 12-hour period. The information is compared to previous counts within the district and individually by intersection to gauge how activity changes.

2020 Pedestrian Counts in Downtown Portland

With COVID-19 public health closures still in effect for December, 2020, we expected to see a dramatic decrease than in years past. What we found is pedestrian traffic is 82% lower than this same time period last year, December 2019.

As a comparison, for every person walking downtown in December 2020, there were four more in 2019.

2020 Pedestrian Count results