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Sunday Parkways Partner Wins Award

Sunday Parkways worked with Som Subedi, PP&R’s Parks for New Portlanders program coordinator to plan the Walk with Refugees and Immigrants in August that brought out 1000+ people during the Outer Northeast Sunday Parkways event. Based on his amazing work, he was awarded with NRPA’s Park Champion of the Year Award for his advocacy on Capitol Hill and a Robert Phillips Regional Diversity Award given by the Northwest Public Employees Diversity Conference.

While attending the NRPA conference, Subedi said:

“This award belongs to all Portlanders, certainly not just me, because we earned it together. I want to thank Parks Commissioner Fritz and Director Abbaté for trusting in, and for mentoring, a refugee who is committed to equity and inclusion. I am very proud of the compassion, generosity, and welcoming hearts of Portlanders in general, and of Portland Parks & Recreation in particular. I’m only inspired to do more work on behalf of all of us who call the Rose City home.”

Congratulations, Som!

Learn more about Som Subedi and his work here.

39 Parks and Counting!

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Sunday Parkways has had an amazing time not only opening the streets, but showing us some of our most precious places = our green spaces! Here is a full list of the Parks and green spaces that have been included on the Sunday Parkways route over the last 10 years: 

 

Park & Green Space List 
Alberta Park 
Arbor Lodge Park 
Bloomington Park 
Brooklyn School Park
Colonel Sumners Park 
Columbia Park Annex
Couch Park
Director Park
East Holladay Park
Ed Benedict Park
Fernhill Park 
Foster Flood Plain Natural Area
Gabriel Park
Glenwood Park 
Hazelwood Hydro Park
Ivon Park 
Kenton Park
Khunamokwst Park
Knott Park
Laurelhurst Park 
Lents Park
McCoy Park 
Mt.Tabor Park
Naito Parkway
Park at New Columbia
Peninsula Park Rose Garden 
Sellwood Park
Sewallcrest Park
Sunnyside Park 
South Park Blocks
Thompson Park
Wallace Park
Water Tower Park
Waterfront Park (The Bowl)
Westmoreland Park
Willamette Bluff
Wilshire Park 
Woodlawn Park 

 

 

 

2017: A Sunday Parkways Year in Review

 

This year has been as unpredictable as 2017! Filled with impossible moments, laughter, surprise, and lots of LOVE. Yep, Sunday Parkways has been filled with loving moments shared among friends, families, partners, neighbors and new friends. We are so lucky to be able to have this event in Portland. Over this last year or more accurately, last 10 years, we have had the amazing opportunity to partner with many amazing people from across the region and even the world! 

Sunday Parkways continues to introduce Portlanders new and old to biking, walking and public transit as options for not only commuting by recreation 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 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.  Overall, an estimated 100,000 people participated in Sunday Parkways!

It has been an amazing 10 years for Sunday Parkways. Here is a look at Sunday Parkways from the numbers:

• 10 years since we met! Yep, we walked and rolled into each others lives just ten years ago and its been going swimmingly ever since. Looking forward to celebrating our 20th (don’t forget

• 39+ beautiful green spaces and parks have served as the beautiful activity hubs for the Sunday Parkways marketplaces (want to see the list? Click here).

• 600+ neighborhood associations, schools, community organizations, places of worship, and businesses participated as vendors and volunteer groups!

• 329.8 miles of Portland's streets have opened up for Sunday Parkways! We are looking forward to making that over 400 miles.

• 41,000+ HOURS is the amount of collective volunteer time Sunday parkways volunteers have contributed over the 10 years - WAY TO ROCK IT! There is no dream, without a TEAM!

• 883,000* is the combined attendance of people who have come out to Sunday Parkways over the last 10 years.  Thank you Thank You THANK YOU!! You are why we do this. (*The total population of Portland is 639,863 and the population of Seattle is 704,352)!!

Overall it’s been a grand and wonderful year because of all of you. You are a reminder that community, family and friends are what make the world go round. Thank you all for keeping us rolling and helping us to bring more happiness, health and community to Portland. See you in 2018!!

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!

For maps and information for 2018, visit www.PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599.

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

Download photos of Sunday Parkways from Flickr: http://bit.ly/1h4P2pa

Ride On! Cheers to a Successful Season and Safe Biking Year-Round

As presenting sponsor of Portland Sunday Parkways, Kaiser Permanente Northwest is thrilled with the record-setting attendance at this year’s rides, and thankful to everyone who participated in the Passport to Health Sticker Hunt. Thanks to all of you who completed your passports, we raised $5,000 for the Community Cycling Center’s Bike Club for kids!

“It was definitely the best Sunday Parkways season yet,” said Molly Haynes, Community Health Director for Kaiser Permanente’s Northwest region. “The weather was great for every ride, people were smiling and laughing, exploring new neighborhoods, playing games and taking home freebies like our solar eclipse glasses. We overheard so many people say they loved playing the sticker hunt and knowing they were helping children earn bikes.”

Combined attendance at this year’s five rides was over 100,000. “It was wonderful to see so many people out enjoying being active together,” said Haynes. “Our partnership with Sunday Parkways began as an effort to help people improve their health and well-being through increased physical activity, and we really saw that come to fruition this year.”

Sunday Parkways may be over for the season, but you can still enjoy riding and reap the health benefits of cycling in cooler months. “Bike lovers are fortunate to live in Portland because the climate allows us to ride almost all year, as long as you take a few extra safety precautions,” said Dr. Rowena Manolo, Chief of Family Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Northwest. 

“Start by being prepared with layers of bright, reflective clothing to keep you warm and dry, and a hat and gloves to protect your extremities,” said Dr. Manalo. “Have a bike shop check your tires to make sure they’ll get good traction, and use extra bike lights and a helmet to keep you safe.”

“Check the weather forecast ahead of time and avoid riding if conditions are poor. And if snow and ice prevent you from riding outdoors, stationary bikes are a good indoor alternative that will keep you in shape and ready to ride at Sunday Parkways next spring. See you there!”

Karen Vitt

Kaiser Permanente 

 

The Street Trust's mission to encourage women to bike

“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”

We, here at The Street Trust, tend to agree with Susan B. Anthony and are committed to continuing and supporting the legacy of women-identified cyclists.

The Women Bike program was started by The Street Trust, formerly known as the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, to encourage and inspire women-identified people of all ages and abilities to incorporate more bicycling into their everyday lives. Whether it be for transportation, health, fun, or all of the above, the program designs a variety of rides, workshops, and events to familiarize women with cycling in the Portland Metro region. This year, Women Bike led rides at Sunday Parkways events to encourage more women to ride throughout the summer. The group bike rides range from easy jaunts around town, such as the monthly art ride, to longer trips exploring new paths, trails, and towns.

If you are interested in joining a Women Bike ride event, there are frequent social meetups and at least one ride every month, depending on the weather. During the winter months the group holds indoor events or rides to warm, dry destinations. On November 7, Women Bike will partner with the Bike Farm to hold a basic bike maintenance workshop where participants can get hands-on experience changing tires, patching tubes, and addressing questions about their specific bikes and needs. On Friday November 10th, we are facilitating a ride that will conclude at Triangle Productions where riders can enjoy SPIN, Evalyn Parry's spoken word/music and theater piece about 150 years of links between feminism and bicycling.  Every third Wednesday, Women Bike holds a morning coffee club in rotating neighborhoods, so riders commuting from different areas can stop for coffee and camaraderie before starting their day. Similarly, casual happy hours are held at rotating watering holes every fourth Thursday, where riders can stop and decompress from the work day over a beverage with other women in the cycling community.

For more information on the Women Bike program, we invite you to join the Facebook group here, or to check out The Street Trust's events calendar here for upcoming Women Bike events. You can also subscribe to the Women Bike newsletter here to get updates on upcoming rides, workshops, and meetups.

Alexa H. Jakusovszky

The Street Trust (formerly Bicycle Transportation Alliance)