The Weekly Walk-Up : 3/13/2012

A summary of our "Feets Tweets" for the past week. For real-time updates, follow us on Twitter at @WPCWalks.

As we continue to watch the national transportation scene, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood urges congressfolk to "get on the bus" with a bipartisan transportation bill.

The Institute for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation is holding a professional development course on June 7th. Join IBPI to gain the tools to develop a bicycle/pedestrian master plan for your community or region.

For the ninth time in ten years, Oregonians are driving less. Thanks, Streetsblog for the shout-out!

A "family fun walk" alongside nine lanes of traffic? While it is good to see pedestrian facilities considered and included in development, one might wish for a slightly more walking-friendly environment.

From the folks behind Retrofitting Suburbia, we have an reinvented "grayfield," where "Towne Centers (that, really, are neither town nor center)" become places "designed around training, employing, housing, and feeding" local residents.

Action: Join the WPC and the BTA in a focus group to help inform the planning process in Washington County this Thursday, March 15th, from 5:30-7:30 at Fanno Creek Pub. See you there!

And, finally, a thoughtful piece from the Atlantic Cities on what's behind inequalities faced by residents of cities. (hint: wage inequality only explains aout 15% of income inequality)

In our thoughts / In memoriam

James White Horse, 25, was struck while walking on the highway between Scappoose and Warren, at about 11pm on March 6th. White Horse was prounounced dead at the scene. The driver of the SUV that struck White Horse, 18-year-old Joel Geduck, remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. The Oregon State Police have not confirmed any citations in the crash.

Jose Gustavo Castillo Robles, 58, was struck while walking on Fern Road, near Powder House Road south of Philomath, at about 7pm on March 9th. Castillo Robles was pronounced dead at the scene. The Toyota Camry driven by 44-year-old Andrew Barnard, struck Castillo Robles after driving around a curve. No citations have yet been issued in the crash, and an investigation is ongoing.

After a two-car collision in downtown Portland, a taxi struck two pedestrians standing on the sidewalk. Diane Rae Bennett, 41, and Lori Nuring, 41, were both taken to OHSU with traumatic injuries. The taxi driver sustained minor injuries; the driver and passenger of the other car were not seriously hurt. Bennett and Nuring are still recovering, and a police investigation is ongoing.

Thoughts on the walk-up? Something we missed? Contact Comminucation Intern Kristin Bott at kristin @ wpcwalks.org