Who We Are
Bike Walk Vote works to elect candidates who best support Oregonians who walk, bike, and take transit. We also work on ballot measures and important legislative issues.
Formed in 2004, we first worked in elections in 2004, 2006, and 2008. Our endorsed candidates and measures won 15 of 19 elections in those years.
After a hiatus in 2010, we relaunched Bike Walk Vote. Our first action was endorsing Alissa Keny-Guyer for appointment to the Oregon legislature, an appointment she won. We made ten endorsements for the 2012 elections and eight of those canidates went on to win.
Our Unique Value
As a political action committee, Bike Walk Vote goes where most non-profits cannot - directly into candidate elections. We endorse candidates and work to elect our strongest allies. While advocacy, organizing, education and lobbying are all valuable activities, the most influential action is electing the right people in the first place.
Bike Walk Vote is run by a volunteer steering committee representing a cross-section of skills and interests in the biking, walking, and transit community.
Lisa Marie White
An RN with backgrounds in Journalism, Public Relations, Fundraising, and Marketing, community engagment and activation are Lisa’s forte. A bike, pedestrian, transit, and sometimes skateboard commuter, Lisa is passionate about creating infrastructure that unites communities while expanding equity. Outside of BWV, you can find Lisa over-volunteering at a plethora of local non-profits, attending forums and public hearings, enjoying the Oregon wilderness, or inside absorbing one of three books on constant rotation.
Paul became a bike commuter when he started biking to school in North East Portland in the third grade and has never looked back. A graduate from Portland State University's Community Development program, he wants to work to create a city wherein all people can accomplish their daily needs without needing to use a car. His favorite place to ride his bike in the summertime is along the Columbia River.
Scott has been riding bikes since he was 4 and considers them almost magical. Working with Peter Welte and Evan Manvel, he helped revive the Bike Walk Vote PAC that Evan first started several years ago. "I want to keep working toward a future where riding a bike and walking are safe and convenient options for people of all ages no matter where they live."
Tara moved to Portland in 2007 and immediately bought a bicycle. While attending law school at Lewis & Clark, she became a transportation advocate fighting for better and safer routes up the west hills. She looks forward to the day when biking is the norm and every kid has a safe route to school.
A Spokane native, Jodi moved to Portland in 2000 and immediately fell in love with Portland's bike scene. She's currently enrolled in Portland State University's Masters of Urban and Regional Planning program. She can't wait to see the world covered with bike lanes.
Nick moved to Portland in 2009 to attend law school and fell in love with the myriad transportation options. He has actively campaigned for more active transit in the Portland area. Nick currently works in the field of political consulting. When he isn’t working on political issues, Nick volunteers for animal causes.
Beth has a passion for design and legs of steel. Seriously, if Bike Walk Vote had a cyclocross team, we'd make her our Captain. When not racing or working with us, you can find her helping out at groups like OLCV and 1000 Friends of Oregon.
We continually work to have our questionnaires inform candidates about the most current issues in the bike, walk, and transit communities. Each race may have a different questionnaire, which helps inform our endorsement decisions. We also sometimes supplement written questionnaires with in-person interviews.
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