Equity & Access

Everybody walks, and everybody, regardless of physical ability, income, education, or race, should be able to get where they need to go safely. Unfortunately, our current infrastructure makes it very hard for some people to get around. People with disabilities face tremendous challenges in getting around in a world designed for cars.

As a member of the Transportation Health Equity Network, the WPC supports the Transportation Health Equity Principles which were developed by partner Upstream Public Health.

People of color and people with lower incomes are likely to have less access to key destinations, and to live in less welcoming environments for physical activity (link). This is true in the Portland metro area, where communities with lower incomes are less likely to have sidewalk coverage and to be able to walk to a place where they can get healthy food (link).

WPC advocates for improving pedestrian access to important destinations like schools, grocery stores, libraries, bus stops, and business districts, so that everyone can get where they need to go.

(Photo credit: Jim Parsons)