Don't Circle the Block - Park and Walk!

Thursday, October 24, 12:00pm - 1:00pm. Gather beginning at 11:45 a.m. The walk steps off at 12:05 p.m.

Meet At:

Portland SmartPark at SW 4th & Yamhill
Notes: Meet on SW 4th Avenue between Yamhill and Taylor
By: Katie Shriver
Join City Commissioner Steve Novick for a lunchtime Walktober event highlighting how each of us can reduce traffic congestion and air pollution while improving our health.

When we circle the block searching for a curbside parking space, we create traffic congestion and air pollution. Parking guru Donald Shoup has studied the phenomenon and writes, “a surprising amount of traffic isn’t caused by people who are on their way somewhere. Rather it is caused by… people who have gotten where they want to be but are cruising around looking for a place to park.”

Fortunately, there’s often a better option. We can simply “park early” and walk a few extra blocks to our destination. And the truth is, most of us could use the extra steps. Public health experts recommend that you walk 10,000 steps a day. The average American walks barely half that. Walking a few blocks from a parking space to your destination will help you get closer to that 10,000 goal.  “Ever since I started wearing a pedometer,” Commissioner Novick says, “I have stopped thinking about parking several blocks from my destination as an annoyance and started thinking of it as a chance to get some extra steps.”

So when we park early and walk, we’re getting healthier.  And in turn, we’re cutting down on traffic and pollution, and can even save a bit of time. Now that’s a win, win, win.  

One way to avoid circling is to simply head to a garage.  In downtown Portland, SmartPark is Portland’s most affordable and conveniently located parking, offering nearly 4,000 spaces and the lowest short-term hourly rates.

Commissioner Novick will lead a lunchtime Walktober tour of SmartPark garages located in downtown. The walk steps off at 12:05 p.m. on Thursday, October 24. Meet on SW 4th Avenue between Yamhill & Taylor, near the SmartPark entrance! Discussion and opinions about parking policy are welcome.

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  1. I too have a pedometer and noted our Walktober event connecting four SmartPark garages meant 2300 additional steps for me…the prior day I logged a total of 4800 so you can see this was half my lazy Wednesday. Also I got both Katie Shriver’s and Casey Ogden’s autograph! How cool is that!

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