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Welcome to our Sunday Parkways story archives.

This open streets event began in 2008 and is managed by the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Browse the headlines below for all our Sunday Parkways event recaps, news items, and photo galleries.

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Sunday Parkways rings in the start of summer in East Portland

Sunday, May 10th, 2015
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It’s the first of five monthly events this summer; the next is North Portland’s on June 21.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Residents of Portland’s most kid-heavy quadrant turned out by the thousands on Sunday for what’s become an East Portland Mother’s Day tradition: the first Sunday Parkways open-streets festival of the year.

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Why Sunday Parkways organizers are reaching out to female volunteers

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
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A volunteer “Superhero” in action.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Sunday Parkways, the series of summertime open-streets festivals that starts next month, runs in large part thanks to volunteers. Today we noticed an interesting angle in a recruitment pitch for those volunteers.

The recruiter, Phil Barber of Axiom Events, called his appeal “a long-overdue first step toward trying to connect with wider circles of women interested in supporting Sunday Parkways.”

Here’s what Barber wrote in an email today to the Shift bike-fun email listserv, with emphasis added:

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City announces 2015 Sunday Parkways: New route will cross Tilikum Bridge

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
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Mark your calendars!
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation will break new ground with its eighth annual Sunday Parkways events in 2015. PBOT announced this year’s five events today with an exciting new route in September that will venture through Sellwood neighborhoods and across the Tilikum Crossing Bridge just a few weeks after it’s slated to open for the first time. (more…)

Guest Article: Want to spice up Sunday Parkways? Then step up

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
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Sunday Parkways is great. It could be even better.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Last month we asked the community to share ideas on improving Sunday Parkways. This guest article was written by PBOT Program Manager Linda Ginenthal in response to that post. (more…)

Comment of the week: Five spicy new ideas for Sunday Parkways

Friday, August 1st, 2014
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Shaking up the route planning is just one.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

As of this summer, Portland has six years of open-streets festivals under its belt. If Sunday Parkways were a kid, it’d be in kindergarten. If it were a bad relationship, it’d be fraying around the edges.

Fortunately, Portland has a pretty great relationship with these remarkable summertime events that have become popular across the country thanks in part to our successful experimentation. All the more reason to try spicing things up with some interesting tweaks.

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Seattle’s friendliest insurgent group visits Portland, eager for wisdom and dispensing their own

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
The crew from Seattle Neighborhood Greenways
Phyllis Porter of Rainier Valley Greenways, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Executive Director Cathy Tuttle and Seattle City Councilor Sally Bagshaw on a visit to Portland Sunday.
(Photos: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Over beers at the Hopworks Bike Bar happy hour Saturday, Seattle City Councilor Sally Bagshaw didn’t bother dithering over whether Portland’s Sunday Parkways street festivals are an idea worth spending city money on.

“We are determined to,” she said, waving dismissively at the question.

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If you could change one thing about Sunday Parkways, what would it be?

Monday, July 28th, 2014
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Sunday Parkways is pretty darn great. I know these two guys wouldn’t change a thing.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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25th Sunday Parkways shines in north Portland (photo gallery)

Monday, June 23rd, 2014
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People stopped to enjoy the view of Mt. Hood from Willamette Blvd.
(Photos J. Maus/BikePortland)

They say it’s never as good as the first time, but somehow Sunday Parkways seems to just get better and better.
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East Portland kicks open Sunday Parkways season (photos)

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

A few years ago, not long after Sunday Parkways expanded into East Portland, I got an email soliciting volunteers for the event. “Don’t you think that out of this entire great city of ours, East Portland most deserves to experience Sunday Parkways?” it said.

Though there’s nothing wrong with that sentiment, it clearly wasn’t written by an East Portlander. The crowds enjoying the seven-mile loop during Sunday’s streets-as-parks festival made it perfectly clear: East Portlanders don’t just need Sunday Parkways. They want Sunday Parkways.

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PBOT’s new Sunday Parkways promo video is awesome

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

You’ve simply got to watch this new video put out by the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation. PBOT is just over a one month away from their first Sunday Parkways event of the year (May 11th) and the video was made to kick off their fundraising efforts.
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