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A Wonderful Year in Partnerships

This year has been as unpredictable as 2016! Sunday Parkways has had the amazing opportunity to partner with many amazing people from across the region. Here are a few highlights from this year:

Parks for New PortlandersEast highlights – Our first Sunday Parkways event of the year kicked off in rain. Cloudy skies and diamond sized tears didn’t keep participants away, especially the Parks for New Portlanders program which held its first Cultural Celebration at Sunday Parkways this year. The celebration attended by the Mayor Charles Hales and Mrs. Hales, provided an opportunity to bring the New Portlander community together and show the government’s commitment to diversity, inclusiveness, and the celebration of cultures here in Portland. As a portion of the route traveled down the Spring Corridor, Sunday Parkways reached out to several Homeless advocacy organizations to set up along the route to offer education on homelessness in Portland, as well as partner with Sunday Parkways in the best way to notify houseless residents on the route about the event. This event also included activities at the Foster Flood Plain marketplace from the Bureau of Environmental Services.

North highlights – The love for Sunday Parkways North continues with its yet unbroken record as the most attended of the events. The 9.5-mile loop provided attendees with the opportunity to bike freely across the Willamette Bluff or to weave in and out of Peninsula, Arbor Lodge, McCoy, and Kenton Parks to play with the circus, dance Zumba, or grab a yummy dish or two. The Community Cycling Center partnered with us this year to not only hold the CCC Bike Hub in the New Columbia area open during the event, which provided free bike wrenching series for the event, in addition to providing these services to the broader New Columbia community on an annual basis. Additionally, Sunday Parkways teamed up with local African American leaders from the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Community Cycling Center to organize its first Black (African American) Family ride which brought out 50+ participants. 

Northeast highlights – The slightly cloudy day still managed to bring out 22,250 smiling faces for the July 24th event.  This event presented the first BIKETOWNSunday Parkways where BIKETOWN Came online! Sunday Parkways participants received a discount to try out the bikes during the hours of the event. Bi-lingual bike safety was a focus due to an ongoing partnership with Andando en Bicicletas en Cully, also known as the ABC group. The ABC Group offered a bi-lingual bike and safety fair at Khunamokwst Park.  Additionally, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability partnered with Sunday Parkways for the North event to highlight a series of sustainable spots across the city, which included: Heart of Woodlawn (NE Dekum & Durham)

  • People and families coming together for fun and a stronger community.

St. Andrews Catholic Church (southwest corner of NE Alberta St. & 9th Ave)

  • Welcoming and inclusive for persons of every life situation.

Our 42nd Avenue (northeast corner of NE Alberta Ct. & 42nd Ave)

  • Nurturing business development by the community, for the community.

Living Cully (Khunamokwst Park)

  • Community development that creates economic, ecological and social benefits for Cully residents.

Simpson Street Farm (4800 NE Simpson St)

  • City farm in the heart of Cully, growing food for farmer’s markets and restaurants in NE Portland.

Leaven Community (Alberta Park on NE 19th Ave between Ainsworth St. & Jarrett St.)
Home of the NE Portland Tool Library, Kitchen Share, and a whole lot more.

Southeast highlights – The August Sunday Parkways was coupled with the first International Open Streets Summit held in Portland. The summit which provided a forum for Open Streets advocates from across the globe to exchange ideas and experiences was attended by over two hundred participants, some of whom came out to join the August event. In the words of one of the International Open Street Summit speakers, Sunday Parkways and Open Streets in general: “… gets residents outside and engaged in physical activity and fun social gatherings. In the U.S. and Canada, most Open Streets seek to encourage people to incorporate physical activity into everyday mobility.”

OSSSellwood/Milwaukie highlights – The first two City Sunday Parkways event went off without a hitch or at least very few! The City of Milwaukie worked with the Sunday Parkways team to co-coordinate the last event of the year which included traveling down through sellwood, over the newly renovated Sellwood Bridge, and into the heart of Milwaukie. This last event of the year also saw the continued partnership of Sunday Parkways with the Parks & Recreation, Bureau of Environmental Services and Native American Community Advisory Council’s Salmon Celebration at Westmoreland Park for the second year. This Celebration represents a very successful collaboration between several city bureaus, non-profits, and other agencies as well as Native American groups.

Overall it’s been a grand and wonderful year. Thank you all for keeping us rolling and helping us to bring more happiness, health and community to Portland. See you in 2017!!

Keep in touch throughout the year to check for updates and news about Sunday Parkways and Active Transportation. Check us out on Twitter and Facebook!

A Season in Review - 2016

A Season in Review It’s been a brilliant season filled to the brim with new routes, new parks, new partnerships and great people. Firstly, we would love to send out a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to everyone. We want to thank our sponsors, donors, vendors, volunteers, entertainers, police, flaggers and participants for making this grandest and most well attended Sunday Parkways season ever. We could not have done it without you.

Families, friends, and neighbors biked and walked through rain and shine this year. Participants discovered new routes like the new Sellwaukie (Sellwood-Milwaukie) route that brought Sunday Parkways back into Sellwood, and then over the newly revamped Sellwood Bridge and through the City of Milwaukie.  Sunday Parkways also brought attendees to familiar territory with the May through August events.

Sunday Parkways continues to introduce Portlanders new and old to biking and walking as a transportation option by opening miles of streets to the public for play, exercise, and community building. These routes were designed to create a fun and inclusive environment for people who bike, roll, and walk to enjoy neighborhood greenways and low traffic residential streets. Along the way, we also have an opportunity to mingle as a City, to connect to each other, and to come together as a community.  

For the last event of the year, against the threat of rain, over 10,000+ people came out to the new route. Overall, an estimated 80,000+ people participated in Sunday Parkways on Sunday this year!

It has been an amazing year for Sunday Parkways. Come check out some of achievements for this year:

• 255 neighborhood associations, schools, community organizations, places of worship, and businesses participated as vendors and volunteer groups!

• 750 individual volunteers volunteered for a collective 5,200 volunteer hours - WAY TO ROCK IT!

• And drum roll…………………… 80,000 came out to enjoy the open streets in 2016! Meaning 80,000 people came out to walk, roll, jog, dance, and bicycle along 39.5 miles of Portland's streets for Sunday Parkways.

• People had a lot of fun! Thank you for sharing your memories with us on Facebook, Twitter, and through this survey!!

For maps and information for 2017, visit or call 503-823-7599.

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Interview with a Mayor

Mayor Mark Gamba talks Sunday Parkways, sustainability, and a vision of Milwaukie

City of Milwaukie1)      Tell us about your background – how did you become Mayor of the City of Milwaukie?

I was an editorial photographer and had a contract with National Geographic for years. Primarily I did adventure and sports photography for them. I then started to get engaged in City politics, predominately with a focus on sustainability. I don’t feel like our government in general is addressing the issue at hand with the energy they need to. I ended up getting on the planning commission and then later running for council. I realized the higher in the food chain I got, the more ability I would have to affect change.

2)      How is being Mayor?

It is more like a hobby than a job. It’s about as all-consuming as you want it to be. I put in about 50 hours a week because I am engaged in the regional level.

3)      What is your favorite thing about the City of Milwaukie?

It is this great little small town off the river. I am a 10-minute drive, 25-minute ride from downtown Portland. It’s an actual place to raise families and it is becoming one of the most progressive cities in the state. We are 2 weeks away from passing a fee that will fund a major active transportation system in Milwaukie. And that has never happened before, and (even) Portland has had a hard time trying to pass that. We are in the middle of our visioning process – and I suspect the people want an equitable city, a sustainability city, a livable city.

4)      What made the City of Milwaukie decide to partner with Sunday Parkways Portland this year?

Bike Milwaukie spun out of an environmental pressure group. When Matt (one of the co-coordinators for Bike Milwaukie) approached me about doing Sunday Parkways, I knew it was in keeping with my goals for the city. I want to convince the regional

City Milwaukie

 planning authorities to make it safer for families by increasing the amount of people riding bikes.

5)      Why does your city want and/or need Open Streets?

Well it fits with the three things above (equity, sustainability, and livability). Cities where people can move comfortably without a car, are all three of those things. If you are low income and you can do everything you need to do without a car, that saves your $10,000 a year. If we have a city where the transportation system and the planning is such that people can walk/bike and have most of their needs met … if all of those needs can be met via walking or biking than we have a very sustainable City. Collective and arterial streets are obviously meant to move traffic, so they should have good sidewalks and bike lanes at a minimal. Ideally they should have separate biking facilities, we know that kids and women in particular, feel less comfortable on arterial streets. I have long been a proponent that our neighborhood streets should be slow, that people should expect kids to be playing in the street, and that it should be a place where neighbors are talking to each other. These places should be treated as places meant for people and not cars.


6)      What did you do during Sunday Parkways?

From 10 -2 pm I had one of the busiest car escorting routes on the course. I helped escort cars about a half a mile on the route to get residents.  There were about five of us, who were constantly riding. I rode 15 miles just going back and forth. After that Kendra and I rode the route. We rode up the route to Sellwood and then back into Milwaukie. We went to the Water Tower park and listened to the music. Then returned to Milwaukie downtown, got a beer, and headed to see the last band play.

7)      What was your favorite part of Sunday Parkways?

It was pretty cool to end our day at the beer garden with the band, and to hear all these people from Portland say “This is pretty cool. We always wanted a beer garden, and Sunday parkways has never had

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 this before.”

8)      What are you planning for next year?

We are planning to host Sunday parkways again. Hopefully we will have the event earlier in the season for a better chance of sun. Hopefully the construction work will be finished on the 17th Avenue pass and we can utilize the path for (potentially two-way) traffic. Other than that I thought the route was awesome, and there was a lot to see and do. Maybe we can bring it to other neighborhoods.

9)      If you had a magic wand and overnight you could change one thing about our streets, our city, livability – what would be it be?

We would deprioritize the automobile.

10)  Any more you would like to add?

I think it was a really cool event. 90% of the people who had any interaction with the event at all were pretty happy with it!

11)  What was the craziest thing about Sunday Parkways?

I strangely didn’t shoot a single picture that day. I was so busy helping cars in and out of the route, and then just riding the route – that I didn’t have time!

Interview conducted by Alexis Gabriel 

Photos provided from City of Milwaukie & artMOB Milwaukie 

Ready to Dine?!

See the yumminess that awaits you at Sunday Parkways - October 2nd!

Sellwood Park Westmoreland Park Water Tower Park Downtown Milwaukie
NE Creperia Two Wahines Shaved Ice Rohst Coffee Milwaukie Farmer's Market
Fuego Kathmandu Cafe Fuego Milwaukie Beer Garden
Via Chicago  Superdog Scoop Organic Ice Cream Zed Ice Cream
3 Guys Grilling Fuego

Dano's Dogs

Voodoo Doughnut Fifty Licks Ice Cream Pepe Caliente  
Ruby Jewel Treats      
USA Pears      

Why you should be excited about visiting Milwaukie

Love Bomb Go Go For the final Sunday Parkways event of the year, we have a schedule chock full of fun and adventure! Our collaboration with the Salmon Celebration for the second year in a row means you will be able to hear drumming from some of our local Native tribes, taste fire baked salmon, and learn more about how to keep Portland’s river’s clean and its landscape green. 

Our neighbors further south in Milwaukie, also have loads to show off during this 5 hour Sunday Parkways tour. Here are some highlights:

  • Live preview of the newly constructed 17th Ave multi-modal path, which connects the Springwater Corridor to the Trolley Trail and completes a section of the SE Intertwine
  • Live preview of the proposed Monroe Street greenway, which will connect downtown Milwaukie to 82nd Ave in Clackamas County
  • A visit to the Milwaukie Farmers’ Market located directly on the route - find everything from all-natural soaps to yummy cheesecake!
  • A rocking music scene at Downtown Milwaukie with live music by the GTM String Band (Bluegrass), the Pearls (Country-Rock, Americana, and Western Swing), Gold Dust (Portland-based Fleetwood Mac Tribute),  and the LoveBomb Go-Go Marching Band (Genre-smashing horn-driven intergalactic glam performance band) 

It is going to be a fun filled day! Looking forward to seeing you there.