Sunday Parkways

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

Monday, June 23rd, 2014
Sunday Parkways North Portland 2014-22
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.

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.


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.

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.

A bit of open streets information and inspiration

Thursday, January 9th, 2014
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.

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.


Sunday Parkways is still awesome (and it happens this Sunday)

Thursday, June 20th, 2013
Sunday Parkways Northeast 2011-3-12
You never know what you’ll see at Sunday Parkways, like this pedal-powered gecko I spotted on NE Ainsworth in 2011.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)


PBOT says streets are “city’s largest public space”

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

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.

City looking for filmmaker to create Sunday Parkways video

Friday, March 29th, 2013
A story worth telling.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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.

With sigh of funding relief, PBOT releases dates for 2013 Sunday Parkways

Thursday, February 14th, 2013
Sunday Parkways North Portland 2012-14
A core service if there
ever was one.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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…)

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