Programs

Steptember

Steptember is a month of walking fun - a way to encourage people throughout the region find new places to walk and people to enjoy walking with. Steptember is the iteration of Walktober (see below), which was developed by Oregon Walks in 2011 as the “Pedalpalooza for walking.” 

GIS Jammers

The Oregon Walks GIS Jammers are a team of professors, students, advocates, and experts developing and using computer applications (Geographic Information Systems, mobile apps, GIS plugins, etc) which allow us to measure, map, and analyze our walking environment.  In short, we're using technology to solve problems faced by people walking (or rolling) every day and advocate for improvements.

Healthy Travel Options to School

We are partnering with Portland Public Schools to lead 15 Community Walks to identify barriers to walking in Title I schools within the district. The Community Walks will correspond with Community Open Houses by high school cluster that Safe Routes to Schools will co-host with Portland Public Schools. More information on the Community Open Houses will follow in early June with marketing to occur throughout the summer.

Oregon Walkways

Oregon Walkways are open streets events designed for those that walk & roll. The purpose of Oregon Walkways is to develop a community led model for open-streets events across the state that are accessible (for people of all ages and abilities), and walking-focused. Learn more about our upcoming Oregon Walkways event, or about how to host your own Oregon Walkways event.

Walk with Ease

Through a partnership with Oregon Health Authority and the OSU Extension Services, we are spreading the word about the Walk with Ease program - aimed at preventing and easing the symptoms of arthritis. Walk With Ease (WWE) is an exercise program that can reduce pain and improve overall health. If you can be on your feet for 10 minutes without increased pain, you can have success with Walk With Ease.

Walktober (as of 2017, Walktober has been replaced with Steptmeber!)

Three weeks of walking fun during October! Oregon Walks conceived Walktober to promote walking as a fun, healthy, ubiquitous activity in the Portland metro region. This is an open calendar, which means that anyone can create, post, and lead a walk. Walks are put on by people like you!