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AARP Introduces NeighborWalks

Start off on the right foot with this series of guided strolls for people of all ages

Walking group crossing the Broadway Bridge(August 21, 2015)  AARP Oregon and other community partners introduce a new program called NeighborWalks, and the inaugural walk takes place on Tuesday, August 25.

NeighborWalks is a collaborative community walking program brought to you by AARP Oregon (formerly called American Association of Retired Persons), City of Portland Bureau of Transportation and Oregon Walks. The vision of NeighborWalks is to get more people walking every day for health, transportation, environment, and community.

Walks will take place in neighborhoods all around Portland, led by AARP volunteer leaders with support from community partners. Join these intergenerational strolls and celebrate a community for all ages and abilities. As a bonus, participants who attend all the walks can collect stamps to win membership in Oregon Walks and a surprise giveaway.

The series kicks off on Tuesday, August 25 at 10am. Meet in front of Applebee’s Restaurant at 1439 Halsey St in the Lloyd District and explore Irvington’s architectural history and sites from the National Register of Historic places. To learn more about these walks follow this link:


Sunday Parkways returns to Southeast Portland

Enjoy 7 miles of streets opened up for people to enjoy with active fun

Dancing in the park at Sunday Parkways(August 19, 2015)  There are only two opportunities left this year to take part in Portland’s signature family fun event. Sunday Parkways returns to Southeast Portland on Sunday, August 23, from 11am to 4pm. 

Spend a warm summer day walking and rolling around the 7-mile Southeast Sunday Parkways route. While you’re at it, take a few moments to explore Laurelhurst, Colonel Summers and Ivon Parks, and our new addition to the route this year, Sewallcrest Park.   

Come early to Laurelhurst Park to get on the climbing wall or enjoy the live music stage from 11:30 to 3:30. Try Zumba, disc golf or the bike skills track at Colonel Summers Park. Take in the Mudtown Stompers and swing by the Clif Kid booth for some organic snacks and fun games at Ivon Park. 

People riding bikes at Sunday ParkwaysAnd be sure to stop by Sewallcrest Park and bring the whole family. Take advantage of free valet bike parking, courtesy of our sponsor Spinlister, while you visit one of the many food vendors and enjoy sitting in the shade over lunch. Then take in the music, dancing, hulahooping or let the little ones bounce in the inflatable castle. See the Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways route map here and the event brochure here.

Take a walk with Portland’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee

Do you love walking? Have an interest in how decisions relating to walking for transportation and recreation are made in Portland? Here is an opportunity for you!

Three boys walking(August 13, 2015)  Join the Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC) for their annual walking meeting on Tuesday, August 18 at 6 pm. Meet and depart from the east side of the Tilikum Crossing (at the MAX Station). The walk will cover approximately two miles, is ADA accessible and will take approximately two hours. Everyone is welcome and you don’t have to be a PAC member to join in the fun. Get a sneak peek at the route here!

This year the PAC’s Annual Walk welcomes Jeff Owen, TriMet’s Active Transportation Planner, and Carol Gossett, OMSI’s Property Development Manager, who will provide a tour of some of the new pedestrian infrastructure built to complement and get folks to and from the new MAX Orange Line.

The PAC is also recruiting new members and this walk is an opportunity to get an introduction to those currently serving on the committee and to find out how you can get involved in making Portland a better place to walk and roll. The PAC meets the third Tuesday evening each month and members are appointed to a 4-year term.

The PAC advises the City of Portland – particularly the Bureau of Transportation – on matters that encourage and improve walking as a means of transportation, recreation, wellness and environmental enhancement. The PAC is a 9- to 15-person committee that represents a cross-section of Portlanders, including walking and mobility advocates, neighborhood activists, environmental design professionals and citizens-at-large. You can learn more about the PAC here.

Affordable bike helmets + fire trucks to climb on!

Legacy Family Wellness Fair is fun for the whole family

(Fire truck parked at Legacy Emanuel Hospital August 6, 2015)  Looking for fun, healthy things to do with your family? Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and Randall Children’s Hospital host the Legacy Family Wellness Fair on Saturday, August 8 from 10am to 2pm at 2801 N Gantenbein Ave.

Celebrate health and wellness, learn about healthy habits and purchase bike or multi-sport helmets for $6 – all helmets are properly fit by trained staff and volunteers. Oregon law requires any person under the age of 16 riding a bicycle or being carried on a bicycle to wear approved protective headgear. This Legacy event is an economical way to outfit the entire family with bike helmets and to make sure they are sized and adjusted properly.

There will also be a child’s car safety seat clinic where you can check your child’s car seat and receive education on proper use and installation. And many other community partners will host booths and activities for the entire family. Talk to experts about healthy habits for all ages, explore helicopters, police, fire, and safety vehicles, and participate in healthy food and yoga demonstrations and more.

Legacy Family Wellness Fair

Saturday, August 8, 10am-2pm

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and Randal Children’s Hospital

2801 N Gatenbein Ave

Portland OR 97227

Just off I-5 in North/Northeast Portland


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.