(May 6, 2015) – The City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente begins the season with a traffic-free route in East Portland for bicycling, strolling and playing in the streets this Sunday, Mother’s Day, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This family-friendly free event also is the kick off to Active Transportation Week, which the Portland City Council has designated to be celebrated from May 10 to 16. The council proclamation, introduced by Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick, recognizes Portland as a platinum-rated bicycle-friendly city and the role bicycling plays in the city’s and people’s health. Active Transportation Week encourages all Portlanders regardless of age, income, ability or location to enjoy a healthy active lifestyle by walking, strolling, bicycling and otherwise using human power to travel and play.
“Sunday Parkways offers a wonderful start to Active Transportation Week and is one of my favorite ways for our family to celebrate Mother’s Day,” said PBOT Director Leah Treat. “My husband and our kids love getting out to play in the streets while seeing so many Portlanders smiling and active. I also appreciate how Sunday Parkways introduces people to neighborhood greenways, streets that are designed be used every day for safe, active and healthy transportation.”
The East Portland Sunday Parkways route runs along some of the City’s newest neighborhood greenways, residential streets with low speed limits that are marked with bicycle symbols on the pavement.
The event’s detailed Sunday Parkways route map shows the route as well as bus and light rail options to help area residents get to Sunday Parkways via bike and transit.
Sunday Parkways is a series of five free community events opening the city's largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. The event series, held in a different neighborhood once a month from May to September, is hugely popular; total attendance topped 108,000 last year.
The Sunday Parkways route also will connect some of the beautiful natural areas that are located in East Portland, such as Foster Floodplain Natural Area as well as Lents, Ed Benedict, Glenwood and Bloomington Parks plus Gilbert Heights Elementary School.
Each park includes ways for everyone to get moving during Active Transportation Week, offering activities such as Hula hooping, Zumba classes and a children’s circus. The parks also include good food and music, and a chance to connect with community businesses and organizations. For maps and more information, visit www.PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599. Follow us on Facebook at PortlandSundayParkways and on Twitter @SundayParkways.
In addition to Sunday Parkways, and Active Transportation Week, May is National Bike Month,. For additional Bike Month activities see www.pdxbikemonth.com.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility.www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation
East Portland Sunday Parkways provided by the generous support from the following sponsors: