"I don't bike the route for Sunday Parkways, not because it's too crowded or slow, but because I love running it.
Running along, I'm going the perfect speed for the crowd - somewhere between the toddler on the scoot-bike and the old guy on the chopper. It's such a pleasure to lose myself in looking at the houses, the people and the gardens. I jog into other people's conversations and out the other sides.
Normally when I run around the city I'm keeping one eye on the curbs as I jump on and off them each block, and another eye on cars coming from all directions. I didn't notice how much work that was until I ran in the street for Sunday Parkways, and felt mysteriously relaxed and happy despite being out-of-breath and tired.
I don't need Sunday Parkways in order to bike in the city. The neighborhood I live in has a good supply of neighborhood greenways, so I get to bike on quiet streets very often. Also, I'm one of those few nervy people who is comfortable biking on busy streets. Yet I see people from my neighborhood out on the Parkways who, unlike me, don't get to bike whenever they want - especially older people and kids. That makes me very happy.
I've gone to Sunday Parkways in East Portland and run the loop there. That is a part of town that doesn't have many neighborhood greenways yet, so I imagine a quiet, safe Sunday Parkways street is even more special to those neighbors. I only wish it lasted for longer than one day!
The truth is that I don't need Sunday Parkways - I can drive to a trail somewhere and go running, and I can bike on my neighborhood greenway.
I give money to support Sunday Parkways because I think it offers something to other Portlanders that I often take for granted. It offers green spaces, clean air, calm streets and a safe place to play. I would wish that for every Portland resident, on every Sunday."
Why do you give to Sunday Parkways? Every Dollar Counts!