More pedestrians flock to downtown Portland than last year, study shows

FILE - In this July 10, 2008, file photo, a bicyclist travels along the east bank of the Willamette River in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. – More people are walking in downtown Portland, according to a new report that tracks foot traffic year-over-year.

The report for June 2018 released by Downtown Clean & Safe shows a 7 percent net increase in foot traffic as compared to June of last year.

According to the Portland Business Alliance, that shows a “continued vibrancy in the downtown core.”

The study took place last Thursday, Friday & Saturday (June 21-23) and people tracked foot traffic at 15 intersections.

They do the semi-annual count to track pedestrian numbers at key intersections, and send that information to people who want to do business in downtown Portland, like developers, prospective tenants, and property managers.

“The steady increase in foot traffic downtown is a strong indication that our city is thriving, but in order to maintain this momentum, we must continue to support organizations like Downtown Clean & Safe, Central City Concern and many more who work hard every day to keep our city a welcoming place for all,” said Peter Andrews, chair of the Clean & Safe board.

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