Linda Robinson, Stalwart East Portland Advocate

Linda on a bicycle at Gateway Green Park.

Anyone who has enjoyed a park in East Portland likely owes at least a sliver of that experience to Linda Robinson. Linda was a founding member of the East Portland Parks Coalition, is a former member of the Portland Parks Board, and has been a voice advocating for parks throughout the Gateway Urban Renewal process in Gateway.

What does this have to do with cycling? Two words: Gateway Green. Linda retired in 2002 and jumped straight into advocacy and organizing for Gateway Green, which just opened this past summer.

I interviewed Linda last week…

When did you start riding?
I grew up in Gresham on a country road without shoulders. It was in the 1940s, and it was not deemed safe for a girl to have a bike and ride them on those roads. There were three of us girls in the family, and none of us had an opportunity to have a bike; after I left home, my brother got one, though. So I never rode a bike until I started working on Gateway Green.

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