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'Walk to Work Day' comes to Portland

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on March 21st, 2012 at 11:11 am

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Bike to Work Day has a long and storied legacy in Portland; but what about walking to work? Why no big to-do for that? That's what the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition (WPC) thought too, so they've done something about it.

On April 6th, the WPC — along with PBOT, the BTA, Keen Footwear, Upstream Public Health, the Oregon Public Health Institute, the Lloyd and Swan Island TMAs, and other partners — will take part in Portland's first-ever Walk to Work Day.

According to WPC director Steph Routh, the event will have four starting points throughout the city. Each group of walkers will converge on City Hall (at around 8:30 am) for free coffee, a light breakfast, and games provided by Keen's Recess is Back campaign. Routh says the event coincides with Public Health Week, "a time to unite around critical public health issues and focus our collective energy on the singular goal of helping people live longer, happier, healthier lives."

Here are the four meeting locations:

  • 34th & SE Belmont - meet 7:15am, walk 7:30am
  • 26th & SE Clinton - meet 7:30am, walk 7:45am
  • Leftbank Building (240 N. Broadway) - meet 7:30am, walk 7:45am
  • Lower MacLeay Park (inside Forest Park) – meet 7:15am, walk 7:30

All groups will walk to City Hall, converging at approximately 8:30am. If you plan to join them, Routh asks that you RSVP.

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  • mh March 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    For those of us who don't work downtown (everyone served by both participating TMAs), this is really a "Walk from Work to Activism" or "Walk to Unofficial Demonstration."

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    • are March 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      occupy walk to work

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  • rain bike March 22, 2012 at 7:08 am

    As long as they stay on the sidewalk and outta the bike lane...

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  • are March 22, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    hey, steph, i don't think marsha or i meant to load this thread with negativity. just having a little fun.

    i am marking my calendar for april 6. see you there. and judging from the invite, the walk _to_ work starts _from_ city hall _after_ we all arrive there. that's some walking, alright.

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  • sw walker March 28, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Why no SW meetup location? Terwilliger is such a nice walk into the city.

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  • pete March 28, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    How about a South Waterfront starting point?

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  • Cat March 30, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    This is good! I walk to work everyday from Sullivan's Gulch -- although only as far as Old Town. Maybe I will continue onto City Hall next Friday.

    (and a happy hello to the Steel Bridge bike coffee crew that offered me banana/treat this morning! Very nice even though I was on foot!)

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  • Ralph April 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I'd walk to work more often if it weren't so terrifying walking across the Hawthorne bridge. And I will tell you, it has nothing to do with the cars. Wish they would separate the modes on the different sides so everyone could use the bridge.

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