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Thirteenth Person to Die While Walking In East Portland


In the past 24 hours, two lives have been lost using our streets. Both crashes occurred in East Portland and both individuals were walking, this combination is all too common for folks who call East Portland home.

2018 Weston Recap


Thank you for being part of another amazing Weston Awards on Friday, November 2nd. With a room full of amazing people we celebrated the passion of walkability, raised over $33,000, shared our stories, and had a night full of fun and laughter.

Weston Award Winner #3 WALK with Refugees and Immigrants

Portland youth at the 2017 walk (photo credit: PBOT Sunday Parkways )

Welcome Oregon Walks' New Executive Director!

Welcome Our New Executive Director!


Dear friends, partners, and supporters,

 On behalf of the Board of Directors of Oregon Walks, I am delighted to share great news — following an extended search that brought us more than two dozen highly qualified candidates, we have selected Jess Thompson to join Oregon Walks as our next Executive Director and leader to champion walkable communities for all in Oregon.  

Pedestrian Safety Basics in East Portland

Sunshine and sunglasses: Martin Luther King, Jr. recap

A warm and sunshine-filled afternoon welcomed parents and students on our Martin Luther King, Jr. School walk. With school dismissed students were eager to get the walk started and help lead us on our route. Students and parents pointed out some concern areas along with some creative solutions, such as repairing the flashing beacon, on NE Alberta St, warning drivers of the 20 mph school zone speed limit.

Park and Walk: Whitman recap

A bright and sunny morning welcomed the Whitman walkers as we made our way from a nearby parking area to the school. Since many families drop students off, we held our first “Park and Walk,” to be as open as possible to the various ways people get to school. We had people arrive at the parking lot by foot, car, cargo bike, and even scooter!

Flowers and lakes: Woodmere Recap


Sunny weather and flowers set the tone as we held our walk following the school spring plant sale and students picked flowers along the walk route. Even with the sunshine there were many puddles along our route causing us to serpentine our way through the neighborhood.

An Earth Day Community Walk: Rigler Recap

Rigler Elementary was bustling with activities on Earth Day but parents and students still found time to join us on a community walk. We were delighted to see the school active with soccer games, a garden clean up and other earth day events. However, it was unfortunate to hear the challenges of getting to and from school and how they impact not just parents and students but also those who live in the neighborhood. 

Puddles and Timbers at the Scott Elementary Community Walk

Oregon Walks hosted our biggest Healthy Travel Options to School Community Walk, so far, at Scott Elementary on Wednesday, April 19. The walk had a huge turnout from parents, students, and school staff. We were also joined on the walk by Andando en Bicicletas en Cully, City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) Director Leah Treat and staff from the Safe Routes to School team, Community Cycling Center, and Portland Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson and Timber Joey in an effort to better understand how students get to and from school and challenges they face.