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Pushing for a robust regional funding campaign

This week, Oregon Walks delivered a coalition letter to the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT) at Metro. We wanted to let our elected leaders and government know that we are strongly in support of, and will work hard to pass, a robust regional transportation funding plan to ensure our region is a safe, affordable, and livable for all of our diverse residents.

Oregon Walks Legislative Agenda

The 2017 Oregon Legislative Sessioin is in full swing! Oregon Walks has prioritized the following five issue areas when it comes to legislative priorities. We are actively tracking bills related to each of these priorities, and are engaging with legislators and partners to ensure their success. 

Thanks for stepping up

This past week, Oregon Walks hosted our first-annual volunteer appreciation party to celebrate the hundreds of hours logged by community members in 2016 who want to help protect our collective “Right to Roam.” Thanks to our dedicated staff, our gracious donors, and thoroughly committed Board Members, Oregon Walks is flourishing, and the size of the community who give their time to volunteer for our cause reflects our ongoing growth.

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