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Local bike organizations bring more joy to Sunday Parkways

Community partners help make the event - and event-goers - roll smoothly

Bike Gallery's bike repair tent on Willamette Bluff(July 30, 2015)  We thank our amazing sponsor, Bike Gallery, and other local bike non-profits including Bikes for Humanity and Bike Farm, for helping us bring more joy to more people at Portland Sunday Parkways.

While Portland already boasts one of the highest bike commute rates in the country, many Sunday Parkways participants are new to biking, with some dusting off bicycles that have been stored in garages or basements for years. Without these wonderful organizations, basic mechanical issues such flat tires, rusty chains, and sticky brakes would keep many participants from experiencing the thrill of Sunday Parkways.

Bike Gallery has been a major contributor since the beginning, participating at every single Sunday Parkways since the first one in 2008 – that’s 32 Sunday Parkways so far! They continue to support each event with a booth for free repairs.

Over the years, other shops and community organizations have joined us to provide bike repair services to participants. Bikes for Humanity and Bike Farm are both non-profit groups that help get more participants out enjoying Sunday Parkways by bike who otherwise may not be able to.

Kids waiting their turn for a bike repairBikes for Humanity PDX provides affordable refurbished bicycles to riders of all economic backgrounds. They also provide training, tools and shop space for volunteers to learn to work on refurbishing donated bikes. Bikes for Humanity volunteers were at Alberta Park on Sunday and were busy all day.

The mission at Bike Farm is to provide a space where people can learn about the bicycle and build community around promoting sustainable transportation. Bike Farm is a do-it-yourself bike shop staffed entirely by volunteers who help guide patrons in learning and doing their own bike repair.

Sunday Parkways is all about opening Portland streets for neighbors to walk, bike, roll and discover active, healthy transportation. Our recent Northeast event on Sunday, July 26 brought over 22,000 participants out to enjoy a fantastic day – even with a few sprinkles near the end of the afternoon. We hope to see you at the next Sunday Parkways event in Southeast Portland on Sunday, August 23rd.


Check out a new park at Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways – July 26th

A great way to spend a Sunday!

Happy riders on Sunday Parkways(July 22, 2015)  The Northeast Sunday Parkways returns on Sunday, July 26th from 11am-4pm. The 8-mile route explores Northeast Neighborhood Greenways and incorporates Woodlawn, Alberta and Fernhill Parks as well as the new Kʰunamokwst Park bringing all the fun activities, festive music and delicious food you’ve come to expect at these events.

Kʰunamokwst Park (pronounced KAHN-ah-mockst - click to hear the full pronunciation) is the first developed park located in the Cully Neighborhood and was opened in April. Kʰunamokwst is a Chinook wawa name meaning “together”. Kʰunamokwst will be the first PP&R park to enjoy a name indigenous to the land it sits on. Chinook wawa is the language commonly used by the original people of this area. Be sure to stop by Kʰunamokwst Park to check out Sparkle Movement Entertainment Hoops and dancing and the bilingual community bike safety fair, hosted by Andando en Bicicletas en Cully.

Download a printable map or brochure for this event. The map not only includes the Sunday Parkways route but it also includes all the bikeways and bus routes to get you to the event without the hassle of parking.


Special preview of Tilikum Crossing for seniors and people with disabilities

TriMet has shuttles to and from the event, crossing the Tilikum after Bridge Pedal

Tilikum Crossing and public art(July 16, 2015)  TriMet’s Committee on Accessible Transportation is offering a preview event of the Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, designed especially for seniors and/or people with disabilities and their families.

The event begins at the new OMSI/SE Water Avenue MAX Station at 2210 SE 2nd Place on the east side of the bridge.

You must RSVP to attend. Contact Beth Murray at by July 31st to reserve your spot as space is limited.

Learn more about the event here:

Legacy Health provides low-cost bike helmets

You can get $6 bike helmets and hear music tonight!

Families being fitted with bike helmets(July 8, 2015) Do you or a family you know need low-cost bike helmets? Legacy Health and Trauma Nurses Talk Tough provide low-cost multi-sport helmets through their Safety Center and at community sales events throughout the metro region.

You have an opportunity tonight, Wednesday, July 8, to enjoy free music and fit your whole family for $6 bike helmets at Dawson Park, N Stanton and Williams, from 4-6pm. This is part of the Portland Parks and Recreation Concerts in the Park series

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and the Randall Children’s Hospital Health Fair will also host a $6 helmet sale in the Emanuel Atrium, 501 N Graham, on Saturday, August 8 from 10am to 2pm. Learn more about Legacy Health Safety Center and Trauma Nurses Talk Tough at

Three tips for keeping cool while staying active

An air-conditioned drive may not be the best option during a heat wave

(June 26, 2015)  With temperatures on the rise it’s good to keep cool and be hydrated.  But that doesn’t mean you have to hide in the basement.  Here are some tips for staying active when summer hits hard:

-        Try being active earlier or later in the day:  An early morning bike ride lets you get the blood flowing before the mercury starts going.  A later evening walk can be a pleasant way to get out of a stuffy house or apartment while enjoying a balmy breeze and less traffic on the streets.

Snapshot of NE Bike Walk Map-        Check the map: Your handy Portland Neighborhood Bike/Walk Map shows great locations like swimming pools, public fountains (both for splashing in and drinking from), and even boat docks where you can launch your rubber raft or go for a dip. (And yes, the water’s fine in the Willamette.  You can check weekly water quality test results here.)

-        Know where to go when it’s sweltering: Multnomah County has this online tool to find places to stay cool including libraries, air conditioned public buildings and senior cooling centers. 

Click here to see more tips on staying cool and hydrated.

Corn ear in the heat cartoon