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We are Hiring: Transportation Justice Advocate

Oregon Walks is pleased to be hiring a Transportation Justice Advocate to support our work to decrease the disparities in the pedestrian network, and growing our coalition and partnership efforts. View PDF version of application here.

Women, people of color, members of LGBTQ communities, and people with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply. If you need any accommodations to participate in the application process please let us know.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume in PDF form by February 28th, 2017 to, using the subject line “Transportation Justice Advocate”.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received.


2016 Weston Legacy Award: Andy Cotugno



2016 Weston Award Winner #4: Jennifer, Pat, & Jeanine of Just Walk Salem-Keizer

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2016 Weston Award Winner #3: Commissioner Steve Novick

Novick Official Portrait

City of Portland Commissioner Steve Novick oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation and throughout his four-year term has been a champion for climate responsibility, Vision Zero and housing affordability.

In early 2016, Commissioner Novick formed a coalition with equity champions, business groups and active transportation advocates to put a ten cent temporary motor fuels tax on the ballot to raise desperately needed funding for street repair and traffic safety. 

2016 Weston Award Winner #2: Disability Rights Oregon

Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) has a vision of a society in which persons with disabilities have equality of opportunity, full participation and the ability to exercise meaningful choice. DRO accomplishes this through its goals and priorities, set annually with input from the disability community. DRO’s priorities include providing full access to community participation and removing significant access barriers in public places, with an emphasis on transportation.​

2016 Weston Award Winner #1: East Portland Action Plan


East Portland Action Plan (EPAP) is a committee comprised of citizen advocates to represent the 150,000 Portland residents between 82nd/I- 205 and Gresham/174th.  Adopted in 2009, the East Portland Action Plan provides a comprehensive list of enumerated, tangible objectives to address community-identified issues. EPAP advocates were charged to provide leadership and guidance to public agencies and other entities on how to strategically address implementation and allocate resources to improve livability and prevent displacement in East Portland. 

Oregon Walks Board of Directors Position Opening

Oregon Walks

Board of Directors

Member-At-Large (Planning focus)

About This Role

Oregon Walks is looking to recruit a well-rounded transportation, urban, or land-use planning expert to join our Board of Directors as a member at-large and liaison to our robust and active Plans & Projects Committee.

The duties of this position include:

- Attend monthly Board meetings & be involved in electronic board discussions and votes in a timely manner

- Serve as board liaison on the Plans & Projects Committee, and report relevant activities to Board at monthly meeting.

- Support Oregon Walks events, fundraising, and strategic planning processes as appropriate

In response to a month of tragedy on our streets

This last month has been debilitating for us at Oregon Walks. We have received many calls and emails from concerned community members who are processing the horrifying details of Oregonians being killed and seriously injured on our streets.

Paid Internship: Event Support Specialist

Oregon Walks is excited to have an active fall full of walking events and activities. We are bringing on a paid intern to support our upcoming events: Oregon Walkways: Cully Camina, Walktober, and the Weston Awards.

Here is a pdf to share, and the full description is below. We'd love to have you join our team this fall!

Vision Zero Work Zones headed to Council!

In partnership with the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, we have been crowdsourcing photos and stories about how closures to the pedestrian and bicycle environment impact the safety and livability of our streets for three months now - using the hashtag #workzoneWTF as well as our mapping website We have had over 165 submissions in less than three months.

Please read the full draft policy here, and consider submitting written testimony to City Council by June 29th, 2016 (full council agenda for the 29th to be posted on Friday, June 24th)! 

After years of maneuvering the bureaucratic processes behind moving this type of policy forward, we are excited to see a draft policy for Safe Accomodation for Pedestrians and Cyclists around Work Zones head to council on June 29th! We will be testifying in support of passing this policy, and also continuing our work to track this issue. It is our job as advocates to continue working even when the paperwork is finished, to ensure that the goals of this policy are realized on our streets.

We need to push for accountability with contractors, developers and public agencies. This includes more funding for inspections, continued vigilance to point out unsafe work zones and where the policy isn't being fulfilled, and pushing every work zone to be more accessible for people with disabilities.