The season kicks off on May 19 in Southeast Portland
(April 18, 2019) - The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente are proud to announce another season of Sunday Parkways, Portland’s premiere family-friendly walking and biking event.
As in past years, Sunday Parkways 2019 will include five traffic-free events highlighting five different Portland neighborhoods from May through September. This year’s routes are classics with a twist, with new walking options at three different events for people who want to explore new neighborhoods and experience the fun of Sunday Parkways on foot.
The dates and locations for Sunday Parkways 2019 are:
- Southeast Portland, May 19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (7 miles)
- North Portland, June 30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (9.5 miles)
- Outer Northeast Portland, July 21, 11a.m. to 4 p.m. (4.8 miles) – walking!
- Green Loop (Downtown/Central Eastside Portland), Aug. 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (7 miles) – walking!
- Northeast Portland, September 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (7.6 miles) – walking!
The walking series includes the return of the Walk with Refugees and Immigrants in Outer Northeast on July 21, which will showcase new Portlander-led and co-developed musical and performance acts at both the start and end of the walk. In August, Sunday Parkways returns to the Green Loop. This route, which drew the largest number of participants in Sunday Parkways history in 2018, is not to be missed! The bike route will take riders on a tour of Portland’s Central City - over the Broadway Bridge, through the Rose Quarter, down SE Water Avenue and back over Tilikum Crossing. A series of walks, held in collaboration with staff and speakers from the Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals Conference, will highlight iconic places in the Central City such as the Portland Open Space Sequence. In September, Sunday Parkways will include the Ainsworth Walking Boulevard in partnership with Oregon Walks in Northeast Portland.
“Congratulations to Portland Sunday Parkways on its 12th season! Sunday Parkways connects communities, and fosters the healthy, active use of our public streets for people of all backgrounds and abilities,” said Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. “Last year more than 125,000 people experienced their streets in a new way at a Sunday Parkways event, and I hope to see even more Portlanders walk, bike, and roll together in 2019."
“We are grateful to Kaiser Permanente and the dozens of other sponsors and vendors who give their time, money and resources to supporting Sunday Parkways each and every year,” said Chris Warner, Interim Director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation. “Sunday Parkways is more than just a walking and biking event, it’s where Portlanders of all ages come together to play and engage with community organizations and businesses in fun and meaningful ways. There truly is something for everyone at Sunday Parkways.”
“As we begin a new season of Sunday Parkways, I can’t help but remember all the great moments of past seasons that have been shared by myself and my family,” said Mychal Tetteh, Active Transportation & Safety Division Programs Section Manager. “Sunday Parkways is about making memories that last a lifetime and I can’t wait to see what memories we make this year and beyond.”
Sunday Parkways is currently looking for vendors, community partners, entertainers and volunteers who want to make Sunday Parkways happen. If interested, please contact Sunday Parkways at 503-823-7599, PortlandSundayParkways@portlandoregon.gov or check out the website at PortlandSundayParkways.org.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation is the organizer of Sunday Parkways, working with our presenting sponsor for the last twelve years, Kaiser Permanente, as well as returning sponsors Portland Parks & Recreation, Metro, Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, Clif Bar, NW Natural, AAA Oregon/Idaho, AARP of Oregon, HDR Inc., Bureau of Environmental Services, New Seasons, Portland Fire and Rescue, Halprin Landscape Conservancy, iQ Credit Union, Portland Art Museum, Travel Portland, Parking Kitty, Portland Rose Quarter, Portland State University, and Bureau of Emergency Management.
In 2019, PBOT is excited to welcome Linfield College as a new partner.
PBOT and other public funds cover a third of the program costs, and two-thirds of funding comes from sponsors, vendors and individual supporters.
About Sunday Parkways
Sunday Parkways is a series of free community events opening the city's largest public space—its streets—for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. The events are beloved by Portlanders of all ages. Annual attendance averages over 125,000 participants for the five Sunday Parkways events. Residents and visitors say they come to enjoy the traffic-free streets connecting parks and schools filled with activities, music and vendors. It’s safe, family-friendly and a chance to meet neighbors. For more information, including route maps, visit PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599.