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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. 


Westons Recap

Thank you for being part of the magic at the Weston Awards on Friday, November 3rd. With your help, we celebrated the passion for walkability; raised over $34,000; caught up with old friends and made new ones; and had a fantastic night full of laughter and love. 


We had a blast playing Red Light/ Green Light, taking silly photos at the Oregon Walks Photo Booth, and raffling off trips to exotic locations. 

Steptember Starts Off on The Right Foot

Rain or shine Oregonians love to get out and walk. Last month, we walked over 60 miles with nearly 600 people to celebrate STEPtember. Steptember is a month of walking fun - a way to encourage people throughout the region to find new places to walk and people to enjoy walking with. Oregon Walks conceived Walktober (STEPtember's predecessor) in 2011 to promote walking as a fun, healthy, ubiquitous activity in the Portland metro region. This year, we decided to get a jump on all the walking fun.


Thanks for a great Oregon Walkways: Lents Founders Fair!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Lents Neighborhood on Sunday, August 6th for being part of another fantastic Oregon Walkways, our open streets event series for all who walk and roll.

One week ago over 2,500 people came out to Lents and helped make our dream of a pedestrian-focused open streets event a reality. On Sunday, August 6th, Lents residents and visitors from across the city, and even the state enjoyed 1.5 miles of streets closed to cars and opened up for people to explore, play, and walk.

This was the second year for us organizing Oregon Walkways, and we couldn't have asked for a better event. But we couldn't have done it alone! We had two hardworking community partners in Green Lents and Lents Neighborhood Association, plus support from Metro, the City of PortlandBetter Block PDXCity RepairPortland State University,  Portland Farmers Market, and ROSE CDC.Altogether, we had 53 volunteers, 3 interns, 6 music acts, 5 different activities, over 80 vendors, and one chicken beauty contests that added up to a memorable day! 

Join us for the second year of Oregon Walkways!

After all the fun we had last year at ¡Cully Camina! we're bringing Oregon Walkways to the Lents neighborhood. We're excited to be teaming up with two place-based nonprofits, Lents Neighborhood Association (LNA) and Green Lents, to combine historic Lents Founders Day festivities with our fun new open-streets event.

Summer Volunteer Opportunities! | Join us for a summer of walking and talking!

Now that spring is finally here, the weather is getting nicer and we're getting out from behind our desks and getting outside! Why don't you join us?

We have more ways than ever to be a part of our work, so I hope to see you all out there in the next few months, soaking in the sunshine and spreading the word about Oregon Walks! 

Check out our current volunteer needs and see if there's something right for you!

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.