Report shows increase in pedestrian activity downtown

Jul 14, 2017
Portland, Ore. – Today, Downtown Clean & Safe released its June 2017 Pedestrian Count Results and Comparables report, which shows a 19 percent net increase in foot traffic over the June 2016 count, highlighting the vibrancy of the downtown core.
The June 2017 count took place June 15 through 17, counting 15 intersections in downtown Portland. Of the total 15 corners counted this season, 11 were also counted in June of 2016. Results from the count found that the most trafficked intersections were 10th and Burnside, which saw 16,701 people, Sixth and Morrison, which saw 16,448 people, and Fifth and Morrison, which saw 13,139 people. Notably, foot traffic on First and Davis increased 83 percent from last year’s count. This is likely due in part to the recent completion of construction on 38 Davis. 

“We’re very encouraged by the results of the June 2017 pedestrian count,” said Peter Andrews, chair of the Downtown Clean & Safe board of directors and a broker at Melvin Mark. “Seeing how many people are exploring downtown Portland is a clear indicator that our city is vibrant. It is important to note several of these sites are slated for significant office or housing developments, but there is always more work to be done. We need to continue to support efforts of organizations like Clean & Safe, Central City Concern and many others who work every day to make downtown Portland a place that people enjoy visiting, living and working in.”
Clean & Safe conducts semi-annual pedestrian counts to track pedestrian traffic volumes in front of key intersections within the downtown core, available retail space and parcels poised for redevelopment. Results are provided to developers, real estate brokers, property managers and owners, prospective tenants, institutional investors and others who are interested in downtown Portland as a place to do business. Corners counted during the semi-annual counts can change slightly depending on a number of factors, including retail vacancies and new tenants.
See full results here.
Downtown Clean & Safe District
Downtown’s Clean & Safe District was created more than 20 years ago to support additional cleaning and security in the central city. The district, funded by downtown property owners, includes 213 blocks in the central city, and also supports market research, and retail recruitment and retention efforts. The district is managed by the Portland Business Alliance under the direction of the district’s board of directors. Learn more at