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Walk With Us! Join the Oregon Walks Board

We are seeking Board of Director Members at Large! You can be part of work to ensure walking is safe, convenient and attractive throughout the Portland metropolitan region.

What is a Board of Directors?
A Board of Directors is a group of people who volunteer to manage the Executive Director and the financial health of the organization. They also work to promote the mission of the organization and often serve as ambassadors for the mission. You can read more about what a Board of Directors are at the link in our comments.

January Newsletter


Fourth Person to Die While Walking on Outer SE Division This Year

10 of the 24 people killed using Portland streets so far this year were walking, a percentage that is nearly five times the national average. Five people were killed in traffic-related fatalities in March alone. Late last Wednesday night, on October 10th, 54-year-old Loan T. Diep was killed while crossing outer SE Division near 138th ave when she was hit by two reckless drivers. Only one stayed to face the consequences. While that section of Division was closed for investigation of this horrific act, a third reckless driver swerved around the road closure and into the crime scene, narrowly missing one of the investigators.


That this happened on our Portland streets, in a neighborhood dense with homes, businesses, a college campus and numerous social service providers, is unacceptable - though, at this point, hardly surprising. Outer Division has long been Portland’s deadliest corridor for pedestrians, with 19 people killed and 129 seriously injured on Division in the last decade. Loan T. Diep was the fourth pedestrian who lost their life on outer Division this year. Less than three months ago, James F. Deery, 69, was hit 20 blocks away, and later died in hospital from injuries sustained in the crash.

Join us for the 2018 Weston Awards! Tickets on sale now!

Join us!

Friday, November 2nd
Cocktail hour at  6pm, dinner and program at 7pm

Atrium Ballroom at The Hilton in downtown Portland


Get your tickets TODAY! 

Oregon Walks' annual Weston Awards pay tribute to the feat and feet of walking. 

Join us at Rosewood Walkways, Saturday July 14th! How will YOU get involved?

Join us for the third annual Walkways, a pedestrian-focused open-streets event celebrating Portland communities
this year in the Rosewood Neighborhood
We're closing down 1.5 miles of streets to cars and filling it with
fun, friends, games, prizes, food, art, music, and much more
– and, of course, walking! 
Join us - RSVP NOW!
There are so many ways to be a part of this fantastic event!
Read on and decide how you'll be involved! 

Announcing Oregon Walks' new Interim Executive Director!

We’re beyond thrilled to announce that our very own Inna Levin has stepped up into the role of Interim Executive Director while we search for our next permanent leader.


Inna has been with Oregon Walks since 2015, most recently as our Volunteer & Events Manager. Inna has lead many of our community engagement initiatives, including Walkways, our annual community open-streets event; our rebrand of Walktober into Steptember, our month-long walking series; and Safe Routes to School walks in partnership with Portland Public Schools and Portland Bureau of Transportation. She also coordinates volunteers for our annual fundraising gala, the Weston Awards, and our summer community outreach efforts. She chairs Oregon Walks’ Communications and Legislative Advisory Committees. Currently, she is excited to be planning this year’s Rosewood Walkways event with The Rosewood Initiative and Transportation Trivia night in partnership with the Community Cycling Center.

PSU Hit & Run: What happened and where do we go from here?

Friday morning, a driver hit and injured three women at the PSU Urban Plaza, an intersection of public transit, vehicle and foot traffic. Many others walking and standing nearby feared they may be hit as well, as they watched the vehicle swerve through the transit-only lanes and drive up onto the sidewalk. All three women were taken to hospital and two are said to have sustained life-threatening injuries while the third suffers serious, but not life-threatening injuries. There may have been a fourth person injured at the scene.  

As we followed the story throughout the day, our thoughts were with the victims of this horrific incident and their loved ones. While it was an enormous relief to hear that none of the women had lost their life, we know all too well that many others were not so lucky - nine of the 17 people killed using Portland streets so far this year were walking, a percentage that is nearly five times the national average. Five people were killed in traffic-related fatalities in March alone. Through our work with Oregon & SW Washington Families for Safe Streets, we have seen first hand how these deaths devastate the families impacted by traffic violence on our streets. We will continue to support their critical work and urge you to support them as well.


Help Us Make Outer Stark Safe for Everyone

Join residents, employees, students, parents, visitors and friends of the community along Outer SE Stark St, along with Oregon Walks and The Rosewood Initiative in our efforts to make Stark safe for everyone. 

Sign the petition calling on Portland City Council to permanently lower the spead limit from 35 mph to 30 mph, develop a comprehensive safety corridor along Outer Stark St, and fully fund the safety corridor as designed and agreed upon by PBOT, AND community organizations/members.

New Faces at Oregon Walks! Introducing Lindsey and Emily!

This month, we're so excited to have some new faces around the office!

Meet Emily Lehr, our Operations Assistant and Lindsey Knight, our Communications & Membership Support Intern. 

Emily has very recently joined Oregon Walks as the Operations Assistant, and steps into this role after several years as an active volunteer. Emily has an extensive background in both administration and rabble rousing, and has worked in both corporate and activist settings to make change while keeping things very organized. Her prior social justice work has included fights for educational equity and fair housing justice. She has a BS from Portland State in Sociology. In her free time, Emily loves to wander St Johns with her five year old, make and eat elaborate messes in her tiny kitchen, take weird photographs, and stay up way too late reading longform non-fiction.


Lindsey joined Oregon Walks this month as our Communications and Membership Intern. She is supporting our member recruitment and appreciation efforts and planning our annual member event this May. She comes to us from various other Portland nonprofits and is excited to get to know our supporters. Her favorite recent walk was around Reed College, and she enjoys taking walks on the beach in her hometown of Monterey, CA. Lindsey earned her bachelors degree in 2009 from San Jose State University and graduated with a B.S. in Sociology. When she's not working she enjoys sleeping, exploring SE PDX, and going on road trips to visit family in CA.

Join us! PDX City Council Candidates' Forum!

Do YOU know where candidates for PDX City Council stand on important transportation issues, such as implementing Vision Zero, investing in East Portland, & allocating transportation funding? Join us for this informative & exciting forum and hear from the candidates themselves. A Moderated panel will be followed by questions from attendees. Event space is open to all ages. 

Julia DeGraw, Stuart Emmons, Nick Fish, Jo Ann Hardesty, Loretta Smith, Andrea Valderrama, Felicia Williams, & Philip J. Wolfe have confirmed participation. 

Want to contribute to the discussion? Send us your questions now to help inform what we ask your City Council Candidates!  

More info about the event here.