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See you in the streets - a farewell from Aaron Brown, Oregon Walks Board President

Four years ago, in a warm conference room, I nervously brushed off my knowledge of Robert’s Rules of Order and led my first board meeting as Board President of Oregon Walks. I was the youngest person in the room, knew virtually nothing about nonprofit management, and had been convinced to join the organization over a beer in a backyard party hosted by a friend and Oregon Walks board member. We were in for a ride; Oregon Walks was preparing to hire our second Executive Director, experiencing a shift of Board leadership, and the Weston Awards were being held together with bubble gum, scotch tape and those dorky pedestrian pins. 

Join Oregon Walks on National Walking Day!

Because of you, we are able to advocate for safer streets for everyone in our city, state, and region. Together, we can effectively promote walking for health, community, and the simple joy of movement.

Today is National Walking Day, and we are celebrating by kicking off our 2017 membership drive.

Please take a moment to join me in celebrating by becoming a new, or renewed, member to Oregon Walks.

Meet Izzy Armenta - Oregon Walks' Transportation Justice Advocate

Please join us in welcoming Izzy Armenta to the Oregon Walks team!

Izzy is Oregon Walks' new Transportation Justice Advocate. He will be focused on elevating our work in grassroots engagement, particularly with communities most impacted by disparities in the walking environment.

He will be focusing a lot of his work in East Portland, and will be working to grow our partnerships and coalition building with organizations working with low income people, communities of color, youth, older adults, and people with disabilities.

Read on to learn more about Izzy!


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. We know that more funding is needed to end fatalities, improve livability, and ensure access. We are excited to be partnering with leaders across the region to call for an inclusive process, that will have direct benefits to communities that we serve.

Oregon Walks Legislative Agenda

The 2017 Oregon Legislative Session 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.