January 27, 2009
Pedestrian Advocate Wanted (and Paid!)
From the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition:
Director, Willamette Pedestrian Coalition
The Willamette Pedestrian Coalition (WPC) Board of Directors is looking for an enthusiastic advocate for accessible and livable communities to fill an immediate opening for its part-time Director position.
The Willamette Pedestrian Coalition (WPC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, community based membership organization in the greater Portland metro area. The WPC has been dedicated to promoting walking and making the conditions for walking safe and attractive since 1991. A Board of Directors oversees the operations of the WPC and relies on a Director for carrying out the day-today operations and promoting the mission of the WPC.
The Director must exercise a passion for pedestrian accessibility, equity and community livability. The Director manages the day to day affairs of this pedestrian advocacy organization, provides general support to the Board, prepares written and oral communications, coordinates and schedules organization activities, performs outreach and awareness clinics, manages grants and related reports and products, maintains an organized office and supervises an intern position.
The salary is $18.00 / hour for a 15 to 20 hour work week with some schedule flexibility. Health benefits are not provided. The WPC office is near downtown Portland. A detailed job description is available at www.wpcwalks.org.
A responsive letter of interest, current resume and a list of three (3) references must be received before February 20th at 5 pm at firstname.lastname@example.org or:
Willamette Pedestrian Coalition
Attention: Philip Selinger
P.O. Box 2252
Portland, OR 97208-2252
Questions may be also e-mailed or call Phil at 503-224-5122. The Board of Directors expects to fill this position by the end of February 2009. Please pass this announcement to others who might be interested. Thank you.
January 28, 2009 10:19 AM
al m Says:
It's interesting, this after reading the following:
And the world turns..........
January 28, 2009 2:10 PM
Will they get to organize protests?
January 28, 2009 2:25 PM
Sorry, I should have been clearer, how does the WPC feel about lending their name to a slightly anarchical protest a la Critical Mass, or is the WPC more like the BTA's and less like Shift? (Sorry. My understanding of alternative transportation lobbying comes from bicycling, which has a huge, and very successful political system. The BTA says "nice doggy" while other groups spend their time looking for rocks to throw at the "dog" that is a current transportation system. Not that I'm discounting either method, but most times one or the other is the better method, and so the bicycling lobby just uses both, all the time, against everything. And it works.)
So, where is the WPC on that spectrum?
January 28, 2009 2:28 PM
And (sorry about the triple post) one would think you'd be able to join the WPC from their website. Stamps are so, uhmm, okay, I don't even know what the current cost of postage is, I'd have to look it up.
January 28, 2009 11:30 PM
i'd like to see something done about improving pedestrian connections across I-405 in the pearl/northwest portland area... instead of the expensive flanders bridge, why not just improve glisan and everett for pedestrians?
while leaving the mission theater tonight i saw a pedestrian lying in the road with police on the scene after the pedestrian had been hit by a car.
there is a worthless 1 block long bike/bus lane on the north side of glisan over I-405, it would make more sense to shift the two travel lanes to the north, eliminating this bike/bus lane and with the space left over putting in a sidewalk on the south side of glisan over I-405. and of course adding crosswalks so one can walk on both sides of the street (like any normal street).
clearly this current glisan overpass design is a product of that shortsighted 1950s autopian thinking that didnt give a damn about non-motorists when it was built.
January 29, 2009 2:18 AM
The Flanders street bridge doesn't have to be an expensive crossing, they could have done it for a hundred thousand or so, and it would have been wider than the any bridge that has ever been considered for that area. All they need to do is dump big pipe tailing into the hole between 15th and 16th until it is level, and then pave it, (just like it used to be.) Apparently people who use 405, (a freeway that is actually shorter than the "merge lanes" on the CRC,) get upset about that idea, but I say if they want to get thought right there, why don't they pay a toll to get a tunnel built, like that freeway should have done in the first place? Why should we take up 5% of downtown so that people can get to Beaverton faster?
P.S. Anything else is social engineering. And not for pedestrians and cyclists, (who don't want to hang out on a loud smelly overpass in the first place,) but for drivers...