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Don Baack has been working to improve pedestrian safety in his Hillsdale community since 1995, and his family has lived there for 43 years. Don is a citizen leader in his community and has served as President of the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association, and Chair of SW Trails, a 501c3 organization that he organized in 1996 to improve the bike and pedestrian environment in SW Portland. SW Trails has bootstrapped the development of mapped & installed way-finding signage for 40 miles of trails with many volunteer hours, creative ways of doing things and a lot of brass. They now have a world class-walking map produced by PBOT for this part of the city.

Portland City Council will have it's first reading and hearing on the updated Portland Street Fund proposal by Commisioner Novick & Mayor Hales on Thursday, November 20th at 2pm. This fund will support increased safety and maintenance investments on our streets, and we need your help. Oregon Walks and 13 other organizations working for affordable housing, active transportation and livable streets submitted comments to City Council detailing our position on the proposed new funding mechanism.

Anita Yap has spent her lifetime working for safe pedestrian access in Oregon. Starting as a school safety patrol crossing guard at Parkrose Prescott Elementary School to trail building in Oregon’s National Forests to helping secure Deschutes River Trail easements in Bend, Anita is long time advocate for her community.