Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on September 27th, 2013 at 10:49 am
northeast Portland in 2011.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)
The Portland Bureau of Transportation has just announced that they've cancelled Sunday Parkways due to the severe weather forecasted for this weekend. The event was scheduled for Sunday and this is first time Sunday Parkways been called off since the event started in 2008.
Here's more via a PBOT statement:
The Portland Bureau of Transportation announced today that the last Sunday Parkways of the season is cancelled due to a severe weather forecast for the Portland metropolitan area. High winds and heavy rain are forecast for this Sunday, September 29.
The event was scheduled to take place in Southwest Portland from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. City officials are notifying sponsors, vendors and residents of the cancellation.
The worst Sunday Parkways weather I can ever recall was the September 2011 edition in northeast Portland. That day it rained very hard, but as we reported in our recap and photos, it didn't quell everyone's spirit (as that lady in my lead photo attests). However, this weekend's storm is looking to be much more serious than just some good, old-fashioned Portland rain. The forecast is calling for several inches to fall — most of it on Sunday. High winds are also predicted. The Oregon Department of Transportation was concerned enough that they issued a special weekend travel advisory yesterday.
The southwest edition of was the last of this season's five Sunday Parkways events. PBOT has not said whether or not it will be rescheduled.
UPDATE, 11:11 am: PBOT spokeswoman Diane Dulken has confirmed that this even will not be rescheduled. "Unfortunately no. It was a great season, it just ended earlier than we wished."