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.
(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.
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.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)
Below is the official news release about this Sunday's Sunday Parkways event in east Portland. I think it's especially notable because of the third paragraph, where PBOT refers to streets as "the city's largest public space."
PORTLAND, Ore. – Families and neighbors in East Portland are preparing to enjoy Mother’s Day at Sunday Parkways this Sunday on a seven-mile loop of traffic-free streets, including two miles on the Springwater Corridor.
The event, free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., is the first of five Sunday Parkways to be held monthly through September.
Organized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation along with presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente and other community partners, Sunday Parkways opens the city's largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation.
The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) wants some help to tell the story of their Sunday Parkways program.
PBOT has posted a request for proposals (RFP) for a Sunday Parkways video. The City hasn't made any statements about the project, but according to the RFP, "The successful contractor will produce a three to four minute video for both web and broadcast that at its goal engages individuals, organizations, agencies and businesses to get involved in Sunday Parkways either as a sponsor, community partner, vendor, volunteer, participant and/or contributor." The budget for the video project is $12,500.
If you were concerned that budget cuts might jeopardize Sunday Parkways this year, you can now take a sigh of relief. With the announcement this morning of dates and routes for five Sunday Parkways events, it's clear that the Bureau of Transportation feels confident they will enough funding to hold the events.
And Mayor Hales even sings the praises of the events in a statement released this morning:
“Sunday Parkways events are a great opportunity to get to know your neighborhood and your city. Nancy and I have attended them. As family-friendly events go, these can’t be beat,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales.
Here are the dates and routes: (more...)
center was a big hit.
(Photos: Roger Averbeck)
PBOT's Sunday Parkways event ventured into southwest Portland for the first time this past weekend. According to Roger Averbeck, an active bicycle advocate in the area, about 10,800 people showed up and the event was a big success — although it did highlight the barriers that still exist to riders in the area.
PBOT hasn't held the event in the southwestern part of town since Sunday Parkways started in 2008. That's likely because the area lacks the connectivity, bike usage rates, and flat topography of other parts of the city. SW Portland is also criss-crossed by major arterial streets, which makes preventing cars from using all the lanes and allowing people to walk and bike on them a more difficult task.
Spurred on by a "Bicycle Facilities Strategy" planning document crafted by citizen activists four years ago, PBOT has been working to improve riding conditions in the area by building out a network of bike-friendly neighborhood streets and installing bikeways along with road projects.