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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. 

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. We're focusing on addressing infrastructure equity gaps that directly impact the livelihood of historically underserved students and their families. This project aims to close infrastructure equity gaps, overcome cultural and physical barriers to walking or biking to school, reduce necessity for driving, and increase safety within the Portland Public Schools student active transportation network. Find out more about our work in this project here. 

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!

Thank you for joining us at the Weston Awards last Friday. What an outstanding night! From honoring our inspiring awardees, to basking in the glow of a room full of dedicated and supportive friends, to BEATING our fundraising goal, it was a night to remember.

With your help, we raised $25,812 that will go directly toward ensuring we continue to elevate walking issues across the state.

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.