We’re beyond thrilled to announce that our very own Inna Levin has stepped up into the role of Interim Executive Director while we search for our next permanent leader.

 

Inna has been with Oregon Walks since 2015, most recently as our Volunteer & Events Manager. Inna has lead many of our community engagement initiatives, including Walkways, our annual community open-streets event; our rebrand of Walktober into Steptember, our month-long walking series; and Safe Routes to School walks in partnership with Portland Public Schools and Portland Bureau of Transportation. She also coordinates volunteers for our annual fundraising gala, the Weston Awards, and our summer community outreach efforts. She chairs Oregon Walks’ Communications and Legislative Advisory Committees. Currently, she is excited to be planning this year’s Rosewood Walkways event with The Rosewood Initiative and Transportation Trivia night in partnership with the Community Cycling Center.


Friday morning, a driver hit and injured three women at the PSU Urban Plaza, an intersection of public transit, vehicle and foot traffic. Many others walking and standing nearby feared they may be hit as well, as they watched the vehicle swerve through the transit-only lanes and drive up onto the sidewalk. All three women were taken to hospital and two are said to have sustained life-threatening injuries while the third suffers serious, but not life-threatening injuries. There may have been a fourth person injured at the scene.  

As we followed the story throughout the day, our thoughts were with the victims of this horrific incident and their loved ones. While it was an enormous relief to hear that none of the women had lost their life, we know all too well that many others were not so lucky - nine of the 17 people killed using Portland streets so far this year were walking, a percentage that is nearly five times the national average. Five people were killed in traffic-related fatalities in March alone. Through our work with Oregon & SW Washington Families for Safe Streets, we have seen first hand how these deaths devastate the families impacted by traffic violence on our streets. We will continue to support their critical work and urge you to support them as well.

 


Join residents, employees, students, parents, visitors and friends of the community along Outer SE Stark St, along with Oregon Walks and The Rosewood Initiative in our efforts to make Stark safe for everyone. 

Sign the petition calling on Portland City Council to permanently lower the spead limit from 35 mph to 30 mph, develop a comprehensive safety corridor along Outer Stark St, and fully fund the safety corridor as designed and agreed upon by PBOT, AND community organizations/members.



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