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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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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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City releases dates, locations for 2014 Sunday Parkways events

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Mark your calendars! The Portland Bureau of Transportation has just announced the dates and locations for the five Sunday Parkways events for this year.

Here are the details:

East Portland Sunday Parkways
May 11, 2014 ~ 11am-4pm (7 miles)
Celebrate Mother’s Day with a tour of East Portland. Whether walking, biking, rolling or dancing along the route, take time to stop by Glenwood, Bloomington, and Ed Benedict Parks for a spot of food, vendors, music and more.
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A bit of open streets information and inspiration

Thursday, January 9th, 2014
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The Via Recreativa in Guadalajara is just one of hundreds of open streets events in Latin America. Former Metro councilor Rex Burkholder will lead a presentation about them next week.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

With Portland’s Sunday Parkways firmly ensconced in city budgets and citizen psyches, it’s a good time to step back and take a broader look at the open streets revolution. Since Bogota’s Ciclovia gained widespread attention (thanks in large part to this 2007 Streetfilm), open street events have spread through America like wildfire.
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City cancels Sunday Parkways Southwest due severe weather forecast

Friday, September 27th, 2013
A scene from a wet Sunday Parkways in
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.

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