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A Rainy and Fun Community Walk: Woodlawn Recap

by: David Backes

Umbrellas and rainboots came out for our Community Walk at Woodlawn Elementary School in NE Portland last week. Despite the deluge, several Woodlawn community members attended and shared great information about what makes walking to school challenging, and what could make it easier for them and their kids.

Welcome our new intern, David Backes, to the team!

Say hello to the new addition to our team! David Backes recently joined Oregon Walks as an Outreach Support Intern and is excited to lend his hands (and feet!) to helping communities become even better for walking. For the next three months David will be supporting our Healthy Travel Options to School work, doing outreach that will result in improved Safe Routes to School. Over the last two weeks, David has been co-leading walks, taking beautiful photos and documenting our walks and the challenges we encounter. 

Community Walks Recap: Rosa Parks Elementary

Healthy Travel Options to School - Community Walks! 

As part of The Healthy Travel Options to School Plan, we are partnering with Portland Public Schools and Safe Routes to School to lead 15 Community Walks to identify barriers to walking.

Join us for a New Volunteer Orientation!

Are you a walking enthusiast with a love for connecting with others? Do you enjoy harnessing your knowledge of pedestrian issues to inform your community?                             

Then join Oregon Walks as a volunteer TODAY! 

Come meet other walktivists over snacks and learn how you can help promote walking conditions that are safe, convenient and attractive for every Oregonian. 

Tuesday, February 7th - 5:30 - 6:30pm @ our office, 1805 NE 2nd Ave. 

Thank you for an incredible Weston Awards!

Thank you for an incredible Weston Awards!

Oregon Walkways: Cully Camina

Join us in the Cully neighborhood Sunday, September 18th, 11:00am – 4:00pm for the first year of Oregon Walkways! This community event promotes awareness for walking as a fun and healthy transportation option while highlighting place-making successes by Cully organizations and individuals.

Celebrating 25 Years of Pedestrian Advocacy!

Last Thursday, April 21, Oregon Walks hosted a packed house of members, treating them to ping-pong, ice cream, and fun – all in the name of member appreciation! As many of you know, this year marks the 25th anniversary of Oregon Walks and thus the event served as an opportunity to both celebrate and acknowledge the fundamental support members have offered throughout the years.


The event was made possible by one of Oregon Walks’ own board members, Steve Bozzone, being the lucky winner of the Willamette Week’s 2015 Give Guide prize of a Salt n Straw ice cream party at Pips and Bounce, Portland’s newest “ping-pong paradise.” The space could not have been more appropriate. Oozing energy and enthusiasm, the quirky event space perfectly matched the attitude that is so characteristic of Oregon Walks members, volunteers, and staff.

New Volunteer Orientation!

Interested in learning more about what we're working on? Join us for the next New Volunteer Orientation!

Wednesday, February 17at 5:30 PM - 7 PM @ Oregon Walks Office, 1805 NE 2nd Ave. 

Are you a walking enthusiast with a love for connecting with others? Do you have a passion for pedestrian-oriented development and a desire to be at the forefront of planning decisions in your community? Then join Oregon Walks as a volunteer!

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities!

~Volunteer Work Party with Oregon and SW Washington Families for Safe Streets for World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

Saturday, November 7th, 10:00am - 1:00pm at our office.  Sign up here.

~Volunteer Phone Bank: Party Invites!

Walktober Volunteer Orientation: Join us for a month of walking fun!


Celebrate Walktober with Oregon Walks - Be a OW champion at walks all month long!

Walktober Volunteer Orientation:

next Tuesday, October 6th, 5:30 - 6:30,  

at our headquarters, 1805 NE 2nd Ave


It’s that time of year again, walkthusiasts! Oregon Walks is launching our fourth annual Walktober event series this week, on October 1st! This fun and fabulous month of walking culminates on the biggest walking holiday of all, Halloween. Come join in the fun!


This year, we are looking for outgoing walkers to help us spread the word about Oregon Walks and our work. Sign up to join (or lead!) a walk from the calendar and show up with a smile. We’ll give you some information about us and some swag to take with you. And don’t worry, we’ll train you first!


We’re holding a volunteer orientation next Tuesday evening  that will help give you a background on Oregon Walks and the work we do - including some particular training on outreach. If you’re interested, please e-mail volunteer coordinator, Inna at: and fill out an Oregon Walks volunteer app if you haven’t volunteered with us before.