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Sunday Parkways announces 10th Anniversary Season of the popular open streets event

New route in Outer Northeast Portland is debuted

(Feb. 14, 2017) - The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente announced the schedule for the tenth season of Sunday Parkways today. The milestone season will include five traffic-free events highlighting five different Portland neighborhoods and will include a new route in the Gateway area of outer northeast Portland.

“Since 2007, Portlanders have been able to explore their neighborhoods by walking, biking and rolling thanks to Sunday Parkways,” said Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees PBOT. “In every neighborhood and at every event, we discover a new reason to fall in love with our city all over again. But what makes it truly wonderful is that Sunday Parkways is open to everyone. I look forward to celebrating ten years of Sunday Parkways this year with Portlanders of all ages and abilities.”

The City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente kicks off its tenth year on May 21, 2017 in Southeast Portland. The 10th summer of celebrating Portland’s open streets will finish on September 24, 2017 with the Sellwood/Milwaukie event. Portlanders will have the opportunity to officially wish Sunday Parkways a happy tenth birthday at the North Portland Sunday Parkways on June 25, 2017.

“Not only is it Valentine’s Day, it’s American Heart Month so there’s no better time to think about ways to improve your heart health,” said Ruth Chang, MD, a family practice physician with Kaiser Permanente Northwest. “Sunday Parkways offers two great things for your heart – physical activity, and the chance to spend time with your family and neighbors exploring our beautiful city. My kids, husband, and I will be out there and we hope you will be too!”

After nine successful seasons of Sunday Parkways, organizers know that Sunday Parkways participants are incorporating biking and walking into their everyday mobility as a result of the events. All five Sunday Parkways routes showcase low-traffic streets called neighborhood greenways as well as City parks ideal for bicycling and walking. The new Outer Northeast route in August will introduce participants to an often overlooked neighborhood with majestic parks and quiet, livable streets.

Sunday Parkways chose to work with the outer northeast neighborhoods as part of the Gateway to Opportunity program. Thanks to Gateway to Opportunity, this area will see new investments in pedestrian and bike facilities in the next few years. These projects include the 130’s neighborhood greenway, the Holladay-Oregon-Pacific (HOP) neighborhood greenway, the Halsey-Weidler Streetscape Project and Outer Halsey Streetscape Project among other improvements to make it safer and more comfortable to get around the area. The new Sunday Parkways route will highlight five beautiful parks including Knott, John Luby, Thompson, East Holladay, and Hazelwood Hydro Parks and five different schools.

“We really have something to celebrate this year,” said Leah Treat. “10 years of Sunday Parkways! 10 years of opening our streets and helping Portlanders discover the joys of walking, biking and rolling through their neighborhoods. Like so many other Portlanders, Sunday Parkways is one of the things I love best about our city. I can’t wait to get out there with my family and friends this summer.”

The dates and locations for Sunday Parkways 2017:

Southeast Portland

May 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (7 miles)

North Portland – Tenth Anniversary Celebration

June 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (9.5 miles)

Northeast Portland

July 23, 11a.m. to 4 p.m. (8 miles)

Outer Northeast Portland – New Route for 2017

Aug. 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (6 miles)


September 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (8 miles)


Community groups and vendors interested in participating in Sunday Parkways, or volunteers who want to help make it happen, should contact PBOT at 503-823-7599 or visit

PBOT organizes Sunday Parkways, working with our presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente, Portland Parks & Recreation, Metro, Clif Kid, and Bike Gallery who have been with Sunday Parkways since day one, and returning partners and sponsors AAA Oregon/Idaho, Whole Foods, NW Natural, IKEA, Umpqua Bank, PGE, and AARP of Oregon.

New partners to date for the 2017 Sunday Parkways are New Season, Lorissa’s Kitchen, and HomeAdvisor. PBOT and other public funds cover a third of the program costs, and two-thirds of funding comes from sponsors, vendors and individual supporters.

For more information, including route maps, visit or call 503-823-7599.

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. Total attendance for the ten years has topped 690,000 over 38 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. Learn more at

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.

Follow us on Facebook at PortlandSundayParkways and on Twitter @SundayParkways.

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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

Love Bomb Go Go

 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 path 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 (Hamid Shibata Bennett)

We Need Your Input! Take our Online Survey by October 21

If you are a Milwaukie resident and want to participate in the visioning process, the City of Milwaukie has developed an online survey that aims to gauge what people love about Milwaukie, what needs improvement, and what they want to see in the future.

Click here to take the survey and have your voice be heard.

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