Special Event Permit Application for Use of Tilikum Crossing Multi-use Pathway

Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, is a cable-stayed bridge stretching nearly 1,720 feet across the Willamette River. Tilikum Crossing provides stunning views of the river, bridges and skyline in Portland’s City Center. The bridge carries MAX light rail trains, streetcars, buses, cyclists and pedestrians across the river — but no private vehicles — making it the first of its kind in the U.S.

There are two multi-use, 14-foot-wide pathways on Tilikum Crossing — one on the north side and one on the south side. Each contains a bicycle lane and a pedestrian lane, as well as two viewpoints near the bridge towers. We may allow special event use of one pathway, as long as the other remains open for public use and a special event permit is obtained.

Since Tilikum Crossing is primarily a transit bridge, providing a vital connection to jobs, schools, community services and events in Downtown Portland, we do not allow any special event use to disrupt TriMet or Portland Streetcar service, and no access is allowed to the transit trackway and travel lanes.

To apply for a special event permit for use of a Tilikum Crossing multi-use pathway, please fill out and submit the form below.


  • Completed application
  • $50 application fee + $200 nonrefundable deposit
  • Specified insurance obligations
  • City permits (if applicable)
  • Route maps


  • No disruption of light rail, bus or streetcar services
  • No access to the trackway or travel lanes
  • No simultaneous closure of both multi-use pathways

Before applying for a special event permit, please consider that public parking is very limited near the bridge.

Special Event Permit Application

Return completed application to:



TriMet Special Events Program

1800 SW 1st Ave, Ste. 300, Portland, Oregon 97201

For questions, email specialevents@trimet.org or call (503) 962-4989.