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Universal Cycles Marketplace offers fun, food and bike talk, August 24

Headed towards Universal Cycles MarketplaceThe Universal Cycles Marketplace is full of many unexpected surprises this year! This year in celebration of Sunday Parkways events past, present and future, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA), is throwing a giant Block Party at the Universal Cycles Marketplace…and you are invited.

The Block Party will include live music, Boyd’s coffee to wake you up, and an array of delicious beverages and foods on site to keep you fueled. All donations collected from the event will go to the BTA and Sunday Parkways.

Come enjoy the festivities with your fellow Sunday Parkway participants, and even stop sign up for the Bike Commute Challenge while at the BTA Block Party! We hope to see you there between 11 am and 4 pm this Sunday!

Along the road to Ivon Park, August 24th


Bouncy HouseSunday Parkways is a microcosm of what the city of Portland has to offer: beautiful parks, exercise, food carts, and music! The roads that lead to Ivon Park, whether Clinton or 52nd will bring Sunday Parkways participants to a place where Mudtown Stompers will get grooving and the bouncy house will get kids moving.  For those looking for tasty eats, you will find traditional American summer eats to refreshing kombucha.

At the activity centers along the way to Ivon Park, you could pull over and buy Himalayan food or hot dogs, sign petitions, protest against coal, get information about a cycling organization, have your brakes checked or stop for a dance, all in the matter of a couple of hours.

Laughter ahead at Laurelhurst Park, August 24th

1880s photo of Laurelhurst Park Laurelhurst Park was originally part of the William S. Ladd's Hazel Fern Farm, but as part of the City Beautiful movement of 1904 the piece of land was transformed into a park. The City Beautiful movement plan served as a catalyst to turn this old cattle into what was voted in 1919 as the “most beautiful park” on the West Coast (see photo of old Laurelhurst Park to the left, photo courtesy of Wikipedia). Decades later this park still serves as a place of beauty, a place for people to connect with nature, and a place for recreation. For the last four years, this park has served as one of the pit stops along the Sunday Parkways Southeast Route.Dancing at Laurelhurst

On August 24th, the park will be filled with music, vendors, and fun. In the northeast region of Laurelhurst Park you will find the Opsfest Shakespeare perform ”As You Like It”, a Shakespearean romantic comedy blending a story of heroism and adventure. In the southeast of the park, Parks and Recreation has provided a Slip’n’Slide whereas kids of all ages can cool off on what we hope will be a nice sunny day. In the middle of the interior of the park you will find a series of nonprofits conducting outreach on topics ranging from renewable energy to eco-living in Portland.

There will also be loads of delicious eats to find along SE Oak which includes jerk chicken, soups, ice cream, shaved ice, doughnuts, deep dish and more. Come see for yourself what Laurelhurst Park has to offer on August 24th between 11 am and 4 pm. 

Walking on Sunshine in Northeast Portland at Sunday Parkways

Happy Family RideThe beautiful weather on July 27th brought people from across the city and beyond to the 8-miles of Sunday Parkways route located in Northeast Portland. Over 27,800 people joined us in celebrating a grand summer Sunday, with a large number, about 95% bringing their bikes in tow. Once the clock struck 11 am, Alberta Park came alive with a number of fun activities that included the Kaiser Permanente’s Double Dare Challenge, the Parks and Recreations climbing wall, and Zumba Classes. The music from the Zumba classes swept into the streets and carried riders to Fernhill Park where laughter awaited on top of stilts, along with ferrets and many other wonders.  

For riders beginning or stopping at Rigler School, they soon found themselves immersed in a bicycle safety and learning fair presented by Andando en Bicicletas en Cully, also known as the ABC group. The fair present a series of classes that taught bi-lingual trainings on (1) Basic Mechanics (2) Helmet Fitting (3) Rules of the Road (4) and Riding Techniques. The ABC group Bike Fair also taught both adults and kids how to ride a bike, in addition to how to install and ride with a baby/cargo trailer. The cargo trailers used by the group were provided by Kaiser Permanente. At Rigler School,  bike safety went hand in hand with the fun provided by Sunday Parkways duo Sparkle Movement and DJ Doc Rock who gave both participants and vendors a chance to hula hoop and dance to their heart’s content.

The ABC GroupFor those who wanted the tunes to continue, they soon found themselves in Woodlawn Park whereas back to back music led Sunday Parkways participants on a journey through time and place. Woodlawn started the day with music from Carroll Raaum Swing Orchestra which played homage to passed Portland composer with the song The Big John Special. Mr. Ben then took the musical reins at 12:30 pm and played a series of fun kid friendly tunes. Last but least, DJ Prashant got the crowd moving with his Bollywood beats. The music continued at Holman & 13th Park whereas The Alphabeticians sang playful and education songs.

All in all, the day began and ended with music, laughter, sun and many many visitors. We would like to thank all of our sponsors, donors, vendors, volunteers, entertainers, Police and flaggers for making this such a great event. We look forward to our next one on August 24th in North Portland. To stay up to date or to share your stories, join us on Facebook and/or Twitter.