A Call to action for Active Transportation Advocates to Canvass for Chris Smith Metro District 5

BYOB to my house via Zoom

6 - 6:45 PM Thursday May 7

Metro District 5 candidate Chris Smith

Dear Active Transportation Friends and Allies,

I’ve asked my friend and long-term ally, Chris Smith, to tailor a virtual house party for us to specifically discuss the inextricable link between

  • diverse (in every way) neighborhoods and

  • active transportation.

I am concerned about the Metro District 5 race for several reasons:

  1. the high quality of Chris’s opponents, (I would consider voting for Cameron Whitten or Mary Nolan in almost any other race)

  2. many people will not vote for him because they believe in the (largely hyped IMO) “bikes vs cars war” and see Chris as a threat to their side, and

  3. seeing that our largest newspaper barely mentioned him in their endorsements as an also-ran, instead of​ as​ the worthy top contender that he is.

It is get-out-the-vote time. Close elections are won by door-knocking and person-to-person conversations in the final days. We cannot hit the streets now due to the pandemic, but we also cannot allow that to lead to inaction and complacency in this or our upcoming presidential election. I’m asking my active transportation friends and allies to attend this short house party to pick up some talking points and to make a verbal commitment to phoning their friends and neighbors who live in District 5 to vote for Chris.

If affordable housing, active transportation, and climate change are high priorities, then the Metro District 5 race will be very important and Chris Smith is the clear top choice. Please BYOB and join me this Thursday at 6 PM for a 45-minute house party and let him tell you why.


RSVP to betsy.w.reese@gmail.com - include your Zoom name

Invitation list includes:


Oregon Walks

The Street Trust

Rosewood Initiative

Southeast in Motion

Inner Southeast Action

​Albina Vision

Portland Shoupistas​

Community Cycling Center

Pedestrian Advisory Committee

Bicycle Advisory Committee

Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee

Shift2Bikes Calendar

Various individual active transportation advocates


Please do let me know additional groups or individuals to invite, or invite them yourself by forwarding this email and cc’ing me.

Some links to peruse:

Chris’s campaign website:

A delightful 2006 Oregonian article that will give you a little insight into Chris Smith the man:

“Chris Smith Geeky. Informed. Workaholic. He’s no average activist”

Did you know that District 5 includes all of N. Portland where so many injustices wrought by past land use and transportation development have taken place, as well as a large portion of NE, and west of the river including all of our central downtown, and NW Portland? Please start going over the map and identifying your friends, neighbors, and associates who will be voting for the District 5 position. Please come to the house party prepared to share how many people you may be in a position to influence in this race.


BikePortland.org on Chris’s candidacy:


An off-the-cuff personal comment I recently made online about Chris:


Willamette Week endorsement:

Portland Mercury endorsement:

You can join this meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
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Meeting ID: 884-551-94641

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