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Making schools safer one street at a time

Creating safe streets for everyone is at the core what we do at Oregon Walks. We work every day to ensure that kids and families can get to where they need to go safely.

Check out the video below, showcasing our recent school walks at Scott Elementary!



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2017 Weston Legacy Award Winner: Steve Bozzone

Steve Bozzone has been helping steward grassroots transportation advocacy efforts in Oregon for almost 10 years, and has served on the Oregon Walks Board for the past seven years. His commitment to creating safe streets and more just communities is unmatched by many, and we are excited to honor this tenure of work with this year's Weston Legacy Award.

Weston Award Winner #2: Brentwood Darlington Neighborhood


The Brentwood Darlington neighborhood is located in outer SE Portland. Much like East Portland and Cully neighborhoods, it was annexed into the city without the same level of infrastructure - and has been neglected for far too long. The signature of Brentwood Darlington streets are the giant potholes that are often referred to as 'lakes'.

Residents decided that they would take this matter into their own hands.

Weston Award Winner #1: Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson

Jessica Vega Pederson has been a champion for pedestrian issues in East Portland while serving as an elected official in both the Oregon state legislature and now as a Multnomah County Commissioner.

Oregon Walks Testimony on Portland Central City 2035 Plan

September​ ​6th,​ ​2017

Portland​ ​City​ ​Council

Re:​ ​Testimony​ ​on​ ​Central​ ​City​ ​2035​ ​Plan

Mayor Wheeler & Commissioners,

Oregon Walks appreciates the opportunity to provide comments on Portland’s Central City 2035 Plan. We are the state’s pedestrian advocacy organization and we work to ensure that walking is safe, convenient and accessible for everyone.

We believe there are a lot of important and exciting elements to this plan, as well as some serious concerns that we ask you to address before adopting.

ACTION ALERT! Contact Governor Brown TODAY to support Capitol Hwy

We urge our members to write to Governor Brown TODAY to save the Capitol Hwy Project from a line-item veto.

We support this funding for sidewalk improvements on one of the most dangerous sections of Capitol Hwy (the intersection of Barbur Blvd and I5). This funding is the final piece needed for sidewalk completion and safety improvements on Capitol Hwy, a project that has been in the works for decades.  In fact, it has been a priority for neighbors since the year Oregon Walks was founded: 1991.

With many earmarked projects upheld in the transportation package that lack safety benefits for vulnerable road users or longstanding community support, we are confused and disheartened by Governor Brown's decision to veto this project in the final hour - after bipartisan support in legislature.

Please write to Governor Brown today to show your support for the dedication of $2 million toward sidewalk improvements on Capitol Highway!

Read our full statement below:

Check out the vendors joining us at Oregon Walkways: Lents Founders Fair


Meet Fiona Yau-Luu, Oregon Walks Board President

We are excited to introduce our new Board President, Fiona Yau-Luu! Fiona has been serving on the Board since 2015, and Vice-President since 2016. 

She is currently the Policy & Advocacy Coordinator for the Oregon Community Health Workers Association (ORCHWA). She has previously served as a Political Organizer with SEIU, and has a background in electoral politics and community organizing. She is also a community member representative on Metro's Public Engagement Review Committee. 

State Transportation Package falls short of meeting our goals

While there are critical investments included in this package that we support, there are even more concerns with what type of projects are prioritized, how these projects are funded, and who stands to benefit. The current level of funding for transit, biking, and walking is a bare minimum - and we urge the committee to address the following concerns within this package:


Addressing congestion