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(July 20, 2017) – Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente is in Northeast Portland this Sunday, July 23rd from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will feature 7.6 miles of traffic-free streets and four City of Portland parks.
This Sunday Parkways coincides with the celebration of BIKETOWN’s first anniversary. To mark the occasion and to celebrate Sunday Parkways, Commissioner Saltzman will be joining participants starting at 11 a.m. He will ride a BIKETOWN bike and visit the parks along the route.
This weekend’s Sunday Parkways will also feature lots of health-focused fun. Sunday Parkways sponsor Kaiser Permanente has partnered with the nonprofit Community Cycling Center to benefit its Bike Club for kids. Participants can pick up a fun, interactive ‘Passport to Health Sticker Hunt’ map that takes them to five locations on each Sunday Parkways route to get their stickers. With each completed Passport to Health, participants get a prize and Kaiser Permanente will donate $5 to the Bike Club. Then they can share their achievement and photos on social media with #KPBikeClub.
“Our partnership with Portland Sunday Parkways began as an effort to increase the physical activity of our residents to prevent and treat obesity and other chronic diseases,” said Molly Haynes, Community Health Director for Kaiser Permanente’s Northwest region. “Yet, the health benefits of Sunday Parkways extend beyond physical activity into mental health and social connectedness. That’s what we want for the children and families in our communities.”
A valuable community resource, the Community Cycling Center’s after-school Bike Club program gives children who don’t have access or means to afford a bike on their own a chance to earn their own bike. They also learn safe riding and maintenance techniques, and develop skills in teamwork, problem solving and leadership by working and learning together.
“Bikes are transformative for both individuals and communities. Bike Club gives kids the tools they need for bikes to play an important part in their lives, from an actual bike, to the knowledge of how to ride safely and how to keep it safe and functional,” said Kasandra Griffin, Executive Director of the Community Cycling Center. “Fun, friendship, and confidence are among the additional benefits of this program.”
Sunday Parkways is the perfect setting for this partnership to benefit Bike Club. “People of all backgrounds, ages and abilities can enjoy moving their bodies in a safe and welcoming environment,” said Haynes, “and giving children an opportunity to learn to love biking and being active fits right in with our mission to improve the total health of the communities we serve.”
The Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways route connects neighborhoods from Woodlawn, Alberta, Fernhill and Khunamokwst Parks and travel along Ainsworth and Going streets - low or no-traffic 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 options to help area residents get to Sunday Parkways via bike and transit. A schedule and listing of event highlights are available on the Sunday Parkways Northeast Portland brochure.
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.
To schedule an interview with a member of Kaiser Permanente’s Northwest Community Benefit team, please contact Karen Vitt at 503-201-5399 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways provided by the generous support from the following sponsors: