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(August 19, 2016) - This summer’s fourth City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente is coming to Southeast Portland this Sunday, August 21. People walking, biking and rolling will have the opportunity to enjoy a 7 mile loop of traffic-free streets from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. This weekend’s route will take participants on a tour of Southeast Portland neighborhoods via Laurelhurst, Sewallcrest, Colonel Summers and Ivon Parks where they will be able to stop and enjoy an ice cream cone or other snacks, listen to tunes and join activities like slip n slide, hula-hooping, rock-climbing, and live concerts.
Over half of the Southeast Sunday Parkways route is within the BIKETOWN bike share service area. For the duration of the event (11am - 4pm) BIKETOWN - Portland Bike Share will waive all out-of-area fees. The Sunday Parkways route map includes the locations of nearby BIKETOWN kiosks where people can pick up a bike. Download the BIKETOWN app to your mobile phone to sign up or visit the BIKETOWN Ambassadors at Col. Summers Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a test ride and to become a member.
The public is also invited to participate in two additional PBOT-sponsored open streets events on Saturday, Aug. 20: Oregon Walkways: Connect the Park Blocks on ‘the Green Loop’ and the Jade International Night Market. Oregon Walkways: Connect the Park Blocks is a one-day event connecting the North and South Park Blocks from NW Hoyt to SW Market through the creation of a comfortable walking route with minimal motor vehicle traffic interruption. The Oregon Walkways event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a variety of children’s activities as well as music and food carts along the route. People interested in attending the 2016 International Open Streets Summit public keynote session at Portland State University can join a kick-off walk from Ankeny Pedestrian Plaza by Bailey’s Tap Room to the Summit at PSU at 11 a.m.
The third annual Jade International Night Market will take place on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 5 p.m. at SE 82nd Avenue and Division Street. Portland’s multicultural communities come out in full force each August to celebrate one of East Portland's biggest events. The Night Market features international cuisine from local businesses, cultural performances, and a celebration and recognition of the vibrant community that resides in the Jade District neighborhood and in East Portland. Last year the night market drew nearly 20,000 people to support small businesses, community organizations, and cultural groups.
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 119,000 last year.