WPC Annual Meeting 2009


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A year of accomplishments with the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition, with much more to be done.

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WPC Annual Meeting 2009

  1. 2. Report to the Membership and Friends of the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition September 2009
  2. 3. <ul><li>The Willamette Pedestrian Coalition advocates for and empowers the people of the Portland metropolitan area to create, sustain and enjoy walkable communities. </li></ul><ul><li>We define a walkable community as one in which it is safe, direct and attractive to walk. </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>A devoted, engaged, supportive membership </li></ul><ul><li>An experienced and active Board of Directors </li></ul><ul><li>Talented staff </li></ul><ul><li>Partners with shared goals, complementary mission </li></ul><ul><li>A receptive community </li></ul><ul><li>Responsive leadership </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Conducted pedestrian advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Influence of policy and projects at all levels </li></ul><ul><li>Membership and community outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Effective and on-going operations </li></ul><ul><li>Started major program initiatives </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Current crosswalk law is dangerous for pedestrians. </li></ul><ul><li>This revision would allow crosswalk users to safely signal their intention to cross the street with a hand signal. </li></ul><ul><li>The proposed bill received wide support from law enforcement, Elders in Action and the BTA. </li></ul><ul><li>Senators Ferrioli, Monroe and Burdick and Representatives Bailey, Buckley, Harker and Shields were sponsors. </li></ul><ul><li>Too many legislative distractions this year, but we will return. </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>April Bertelsen, At Large Director </li></ul><ul><li>Todd Borkowitz, At large Director </li></ul><ul><li>Mike Dennis, At large Director </li></ul><ul><li>Jeanne Harrison, At Large Director </li></ul><ul><li>Erin Kelley, Recording Secretary </li></ul><ul><li>Anne McLaughlin, Treasurer </li></ul><ul><li>Lidwien Rahman, At Large Director </li></ul><ul><li>Phil Selinger, President </li></ul><ul><li>Katie Urey, Vice President </li></ul><ul><li>Caleb Winter, At Large Director </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Steph Routh, Director since March 2009 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resource Development Coordinator, Green Empowerment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Umbrella Board President </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cycle Wild Board Secretary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Steering Committee of World Carfree Network </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Arlie Adkins, Project Manager, Summer/Winter 2009 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recent UC Berkeley Master of City Planning graduate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Embarking on PhD studies at PSU </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TriMet and Flexcar work experience </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lynn Lindgren-Schreuder, Past Director, Jan 2008 – Feb 2009 </li></ul>
  8. 9. $38,736
  9. 10. <ul><li>2010 Baseline Needs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff (Director and Project Manager) $36,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rent and operating expenses $ 6,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communications $ 2,600 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partnerships and memberships $ 6,400 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Total $51,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2010 Baseline Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grants $30,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Memberships $ 3,200 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Donations $ 6,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Total $39,200 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We need your help! </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Organization Development </li></ul><ul><li>Communications </li></ul><ul><li>Getting Around on Foot </li></ul><ul><li>Walk Smart Pedestrian Safety Program </li></ul><ul><li>Safe Routes to School </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Sidewalk gaps, dangerous intersections, can’t get there from here – all will be addressed. </li></ul><ul><li>Seeking input from members, neighborhoods, individuals, PACs on priority needs, region-wide. </li></ul><ul><li>Will crosscheck with jurisdictions and plans. </li></ul><ul><li>To be analyzed, mapped, priorities set and presented, hopefully, by spring 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Will be used to direct attention and funding to pedestrian needs. </li></ul><ul><li>Work is in progress. Fill out your survey! </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>Many pedestrians are unfamiliar with traffic laws that protect them. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides on-the-street coaching on being a safe pedestrian and an advocate for pedestrian needs. </li></ul><ul><li>Audiences include seniors, employees, new comers and those in need of travel options. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Walk Smart” classes will be complemented with “WalkAbout” neighborhood tours. </li></ul><ul><li>Law enforcement, Elders in Action are partners. </li></ul><ul><li>First session is planned for next month. </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>School-age children need to be safe pedestrians. </li></ul><ul><li>The City of Portland has been forced to cut back this popular program. </li></ul><ul><li>The WPC will complement other partners in assisting with this important program. </li></ul><ul><li>Five WPC-led classes will draw on the Walk Smart curriculum. </li></ul><ul><li>Viewed as one-time-only support, though future contract arrangements will be considered. </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>If 50 members contributed just 2 hours per month….. </li></ul><ul><li>We could cover: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2 Sunday Parkways, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3 Farmers Markets, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>6 public hearings, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>8 community meetings, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2 legal clinics and </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1 (long) workshop at Metro! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Each month!!! </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>If 50 members each signed up 5 friends as new members…… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The WPC would grow by 2 ½ times and would have more resources each year! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This would buy over two months of director time. It could also fund pedestrian research and provide supplies for outreach. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. <ul><li>If 50 members each pledged to write letters or testify on issues of strategic importance to the WPC mission – once a month…… </li></ul><ul><li>We would greatly expand our clout and make the BTA look like a coffee clatch (just kidding) ! </li></ul>
  17. 18. <ul><li>If 50 members each donated $100 or more above their annual membership….. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The WPC would have at least $5,000 which covers over a month of additional staff time to carry out its mission. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>That staff resource is essential to completing “Getting Around on Foot”. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 19. <ul><li>The 117 WPC memberships consist of roughly: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Current Board members (10) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Past Board members and founders (7) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elected officials (4) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public agency planners and other professionals (14) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partner advocacy organization staff (6) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>This demonstrates that we’re preaching to the choir! The WPC needs to grow and diversify culturally and regionally. </li></ul>
  19. 20. <ul><ul><li>With…… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Strategic Plan to guide us </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talented and experienced staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A motivated, professional Board of Directors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong partnerships that we seek to expand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A commitment to diversify- culturally, regionally </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An exciting work program – cornerstone projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improved organization processes and tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A supportive membership – you! </li></ul></ul>
  20. 21. We expect to be busy in the coming year. Walk along with us!
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