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Pedestrian advocacy group hires first Executive Director

Posted by on April 1st, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Lynn Lindgren-Schreuder
(Photo: Willamette Pedestrian Coalition)

The Portland-based Willamette Pedestrian Coalition has hired Lynn Lindgren-Schreuder as its first Executive Director. According to a press release issued by the WPC, the new hire, “marks a milestone” for the formerly all-volunteer organization.

The WPC was founded 16 years ago and works to advocate for pedestrians and ensure the development of safe and walkable neighborhoods.

With a new Executive Director, the WPC says they, “aim to do for walking what the Bicycle Transportation Alliance has done for biking: make pedestrian friendly development and transportation corridors key benchmarks for sustainable urban living.”

To help meet their goals, Lindgren-Schreuder and the WPC Board have launched a “Walk 2008” campaign, which includes the following objectives:

  • Conduct over 40 Pedestrian Legal Clinics, Safety Seminars, and Advocacy Trainings to increase pedestrian and driver awareness
  • Craft new legislation for the 2009 session that will protect pedestrians
  • Encourage over 1000 people to engage in a “Walk Challenge,” which will encourage people to walk for short everyday trips

Lindgren-Schreuder moved to Portland in 2001 and has also lived in Prague and the Netherlands.

Learn more about the WPC at

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  • woogie April 1, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Glad to see this. Pedestrians are the ultimate form of alternative transportation and could use some representation.

    First order I would like looked into is a tax rebate for people who walk to work like the one proposed for cyclists.

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  • Citizen Gregg April 1, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    It\’s about damn time somebody steps up to end the tyranny of \”two-wheeled bandits\”. Only lazy people ride vehicles that allow you to coast for 50 feet at a time with no physical effort. Stop contributing to the madness of Peak Lycra and walk!

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  • steve April 1, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    I am waiting for that new \’breathing\’ advocacy position to open up. God I love milking the non-profit teat!

    Only thing better is a cushy gubmint job.

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