Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on June 2nd, 2008 at 2:40 pm
On Sunday June 22, the City of Portland will transform a six-mile loop of streets in North Portland into a temporary park. From 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, people will be free to reclaim their streets without fear of high-speed motor vehicle traffic.
The event is called Sunday Parkways and it’s Portland’s first-ever attempt to mimic the highly successful “ciclovia” events that take place in Bogota Colombia (as well as many other cities around the world). On Sunday’s in Bogota, 70 miles of streets are transformed from high-speed motor vehicle thoroughfares to pedestrian plazas and millions of people come out to play.
City staffers hope to have similar success here in Portland, but many of them tell me they still need more volunteers to make it happen. Specifically they need intersection monitors to work four-hour shifts (6:45a – 11:00a or 10:00a – 2:30pm). Janis McDonald, a PDOT employee who’s working on the event, says volunteers can sign up in pairs with a friend and they can choose which intersection they’d prefer.
PDOT has also just released a flyer with highlights of the multitude of activities, food vendors, and peformances that will be happening during the event. You can download the flyer here (PDF).
— For more info, see the Sunday Parkways website.