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Sunday Parkways Is a Go!

Meetings with Tri-County Health Officer provide an OKAY TO PROCEED for the Sunday Parkways event

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is working with the Tri-County Health Officer for Multhnomah, Clackamas, and Washington Counties to assess the information related to the air quality for our region. Given current information and data from the last 12 hours, the City plans to move forward with the Sunday Parkways event but urges all Portlanders to use their best judgement and caution when making their decision about participating in activities outdoors throughout the day, particularly individuals with regular respiratory concerns (I.e. small children, the elderly, chronic sufferers).

As was the case yesterday, the National Weather Service is predicting weather that could bring wildfire smoke exposure to communities in the Portland area. Smoke levels can rise and fall depending on weather factors including wind direction.

In other words, the event is a GO! The air quality is much better today, but we want people to use their best judgement. Hopefully we will see you out there today! 

Searching for some Good Eats at SE Sunday Parkways? Check out our Menu.

Ivon Park                     Colonel Summers Park Laurelhurst Park Sewallcrest Park
Urban German Caribbean Kookpot 3 Guys Grilling Via Chicago Pizza
Ruby Jewel Scoop Ice Cream Kathmandu Cafe Organic Island Shaved Ice
NE Creperie Fuego Soup Cycle Dano's Dogs
Fuego Two Wahines Shaved Ice Fuego Fuego
  Super Dog Fifty Licks  
  Village Crepery Olympia Provisions  
    Island Daydream Shaved Ice  
    Portland Curry Company  
    Voodoo Doughnuts  

Local bike organizations bring more joy to Sunday Parkways

Guest Writer Barbara Plummer

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 atthe next Sunday Parkways event in Southeast Portland on Sunday, August 23rd.

Enjoying Sunday Parkways NE – Rain or Shine

This past Sunday, July 26, the public was invited to Sunday Parkways in the Northeast Portland for an afternoon of fun. Approximately 22,275 participants hit the streets of the Northeast Neighborhood Greenways to make their ways around the 8 mile route, stopping by Woodlawn, Alberta, Fernhill, and Khunamokwst Parks where a collection of fun activities, music, and delicious food awaited them.

Photos of Sunday ParkwaysAlberta Park started the day off with an emphasis on physical fitness, as the lively beats of Zumba drew dozens of adults and children to the Parks and Recreation stage to shake it. For those not found at the Zumba stage, they were likely trying their hand at disc golf, boot camp, slack lines, and the climbing wall. Across the street, Kaiser Permanante challenged everyone to celebrate and capture their best healthy with their very own KPHealthie photos. You may even find Smokey the Bear photo joining the fun.

A few steps or pedals away at Woodlawn Park, the music and fun continued, as live music floated from the stage filled with the sounds of swing, children’s laughter, and funk. The eclectic mix brought a crowd that gathered around the Woodlawn stage to dance after munching on their yummy Caribbean, American, and Latin fare.

A Park away at Fernhill, atop pairs of stilts, people became giants as Circus Cascadia challenged adults and children alike to reach new heights. Close by, Metro offered the opportunity to help Portlanders and out-of-towners learn more ways to get around by transit or bike.

This event also showed off a new addition to the Cully area as well as Sunday Parkways – with the introduction of the Khunamokwst Park onto the route – a park which recently opened on April 2015. The park (pronounced KAHN-ah-mockst) is a Chinook word meaning “together,” which perfectly illustrated how children played across the park that included a nature play area, a rain garden, interactive water play area, and skate park.

ABC GRoupThe new park also served as a hub for the Bilingual Bike Fair organized by Andando en Bicicletas en Cully (Riding Bikes in Cully), a neighborhood organization. The group gave out 100 bike helmets to Latino families, lead guided rides, while also holding bilingual workshops on helmet safety and bike maintenance. Overall, even the threat of a little rain (and thunder) could not keep Portland away from enjoying the day.

Thankfully, the Sunday Parkways season is not over. Sunday Parkways opens up the city’s largest public space – its streets – again next month on August 23, 2015. This seven-mile route through Southeast Portland will take participants on a scenic trip through Colonel Summers, Laurelhurst, Ivon, and (newly added to the route) Sewallcrest Parks. To stay up-to-date on the music, vendors, and activities that will be at our August event, follow us on Facebook or https://twitter.com/SundayParkwaysTwitter.