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No longer “pedestrian”: Advocacy group to unveil new name, logo, mission

Friday, November 9th, 2012
Out with the old.

The Willamette Pedestrian Coalition will not exist — at least in name — after Saturday night. The non-profit that pushes for infrastructure and policies to encourage more walking has been operating in Portland for over two decades, and now it’s ready for a major change.

Major changes at our region’s walking advocacy organization are bound to impact bicycling. Walking advocates push for many policies and projects that reduce car use and help create the conditions necessary for better bike access.

At their annual Weston Awards fundraising event this Saturday, the WPC will unveil a new name, a new logo, and an expanded vision. (more…)

‘Walk to Work Day’ comes to Portland

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
Official logo
© Pedestrian Council of Australia Ltd

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.” (more…)

As opposition grows, supporters defend bike share funding decision

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Not even 24 hours has passed and the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT) decision to include bike share in a federal funding request is already facing opposition — and some of it is coming from unlikely places.

But, while this bike share funding decision is poised to become just the latest bike-related political/media punching bag, supporters of the project are confident and feel that the time is right to move forward.

At issue is whether or not a large-scale bike-sharing system deserves funding priority over other, more traditional biking and walking safety projects. Bike share is on a $6.6 million list of three active transportation projects that PBOT hopes to get adopted by City Council tomorrow. Not on that list is the SW Barbur Boulevard Streetscape project, which would improve a street that has claimed two lives in the last year and that many neighborhood activists have been working on for years. (more…)

Finally, a meaningful statement on the TriMet tragedy

Thursday, April 29th, 2010
Stephanie Routh of the Willamette Pedestrian
Coalition at an Eye-to-Eye campaign
event in 2009.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The leader of the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition, Stephanie Routh, has written a guest column in The Oregonian that provides a meaningful and important perspective on the recent TriMet bus crash that killed two people and injured three others as they walked across a street in downtown Portland.
(more…)

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