Oregon Walks hosted our biggest Healthy Travel Options to School Community Walk, so far, at Scott Elementary on Wednesday, April 19. The walk had a huge turnout from parents, students, and school staff. We were also joined on the walk by Andando en Bicicletas en Cully, City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) Director Leah Treat and staff from the Safe Routes to School team, Community Cycling Center, and Portland Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson and Timber Joey in an effort to better understand how students get to and from school and challenges they face.


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Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
Friday, May 5th, 7:00pm
Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Avenue

This May marks the 101st birthday of Jane Jacobs, beloved rabblerouser, bestselling author, community organizer, makeshift urban planner and highway fighter who saved her New York City neighborhood from the bulldozers of Robert Moses' Urban Renewal schemes. Her book "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" offered biting critique on midcentury urban planning by writing on the importance on building walkable, affordable, dense, vibrant communities that she witnessed in her own neighborhood in Manhattan's Washington Park.

Oregon Walks invites you to celebrate Jane Jacobs' 101st birthday at our Annual Membership Meeting, which coincides with a screening of "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City," a new documentary coming out telling the story of her life, her advocacy, and her legacy.


 

With our biggest turnout of students, so far,  Cesar Chavez Elementary Community Walk was an incredibly fun success. School staff was able to join and lead us on a typical walking route students use to get home. They were also able to share with us some of the issues the students and parents face when walking to and from school, the most urgent being the need to improve the crossing at N Fessenden St and the Peninsula Crossing Trail. Other issues including the need to restripe the crosswalks located in front of the school. Read below for more from our walk recap. 

(For more background on the Community Walks as part of the Healthy Travel Options to School Plan, see our blog post about Rosa Parks Elementary or visit our programs page here.)



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