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Streetfilms captures the magic of Sunday Parkways

Posted by on June 24th, 2008 at 12:42 pm

“This is definitely the future of cities…of civilization frankly.”
–from Streetfilms’ video on Sunday Parkways

OK folks, just as your tears of joy were finally drying up from the awesome Sunday Parkways event in North Portland, Clarence Eckerson of Streetfilms has posted his video of the event.

Watch this great video below and feel the magic all over again (and don’t miss my impersonation of Gil Penalosa at the end!)…

Big thanks to Clarence Eckerson, Streetfilms, and the Livable Streets Network from New York City for putting together this fantastic video.

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  • Options Guy June 24, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Wow! Way to go Clarence and the Streetfilms team!
    By the way, you can find links to all kinds of Sunday Parkways reports and films (including BikePortland\’s great coverage) over at the Sunday Parkways web page:

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  • Options Guy June 24, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    And please share your Sunday Parkways stories with us –
    – we\’d love to hear your experience of this event.

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  • poser June 24, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    That was you Jonathan? Jeez – I thought it was Gil… I had to watch it again!


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  • Paul Tay June 24, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Good grief. I better get with it and sell a whole lotta Street Roots to match the production quality of SteetFilms. BEAUTIFUL photography and post, Clarence.

    Jonathan, I heart the Gil impersonation. If the BikePortland gig don\’t work out, you might have a future as a Rich Little impersonator.

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  • Amber June 24, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    I had a great time a Sunday Parkways. I think it would be great to have some routes that were ALWAYS closed to non-residential cars. Can you imagine if the only cars down Clinton St. (or another bike boulevard) were residents?
    I know I enjoyed my ride a lot more by not worrying about getting hit by some car turning right or crossing into the bike lane. It was really sad when 2:00 hit and I had to ride home in traffic.
    Seeing so many people out as a community instead of inside their own little yards was wonderful.
    I hope they do this again.

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  • Russell June 24, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Fantastic impersonation of Gil Penalosa. Fantastic video as well. Amazing event too.

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  • Clarence June 24, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks! Since I was sick and cold from the early morning hours, I was glad things got better and was able to post something decent enough.

    Since I was unable to find Gil during the ride, I was honored to have Gil\’s long lost cousin appear on this video.

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  • Andy June 24, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Unbelievable. Now I am *sad* watching the video.

    Sad with the realization that despite being out there all six hours… sad with the realization that I missed *so much more*!

    Hurry up, let\’s do this again! 😀

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  • a.O June 24, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    I love this town. Thanks everyone! Let\’s do it again!!

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  • Patrickz June 24, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    When asked what he thought about Western civilization, Mahatma Ghandi answered (allegedly)
    \”I think it would be a very good idea\”. Riding in all that magic made me think we may be getting close…
    Thanks, Clarence, Jonathan and Streetfilms.

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  • Jason June 24, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    This is probably the best 5 min of video I\’ve seen in a long time… great work and the impersonation of Mr. Penalosa was priceless. That\’s one to break out and show when the girls are questioning dad\’s \’cool-ness\’ when they hit adolescence (of course, this would be done in front of all their friends when hosting a sleepover, etc.)!

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  • Matt Picio June 24, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Aaron – great job with your custom trike!

    Jonathan – I laughed my ass off with the impersonation.

    Paul Tay – is out-Portlanding Portlanders with the Santa suit. You\’d never know he came 2,100 miles from Oklahoma just for this event.

    Clarence – MEGA-AWESOME video, the best yet. The only way it could\’ve been better is if the sasquatch had made a cameo somewhere. Maybe next Sunday Parkways? Maybe multiple sasquatches? Sasquatchi? (what is the plural, anyway?)

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  • Paul Tay June 24, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Aaron\’s AMAZING tandem \’bent totally BLEW me away! It\’s the PERFECT filming platform for bike events and foot races.

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  • Graham June 24, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    This is fantastic!

    Ah, so Santa = Paul Tay. Paul, I felt bad because I had to pass on the fist bump. Alas, I had a scalding hot coffee in my fist-bumping hand, and would\’ve spilled all over you. No one wants to scald Santa!

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  • Vince Schreck June 25, 2008 at 12:16 am


    I did a feature of Sunday Parkways on my site: Portland Family Adventures with pictures and a short video.

    Check it out!


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  • Boston Biker June 25, 2008 at 5:26 am

    This is fantastic! I will work to try something like this in Boston. You should put this video on youtube so the whole world can spread it around and let everyone know that Portland is where it is at! Great stuff.

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  • Scott Mizée June 25, 2008 at 6:24 am


    I clicked on the link in your name, but it didn\’t take me to the article… Maybe I\’m blind, but I did a quick scan around the site and didn\’t see the Sunday Parkways feature you are talking about. Can you post a direct URL?


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  • Schrauf June 25, 2008 at 7:03 am
  • Paul Tay June 25, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Graham, #14, Santa sends his thanks for sparing an unwelcomed scalding. Maybe next year, you can bump da Santa or BE da Santa? Naaaaaaah. Forget it.

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  • Wendi P. June 25, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    This event makes me proud to be a part of the cycling community and proves that even in North Portland, we can all come together in peace! AWESOME job, Portland!

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  • Kronda June 25, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Jonathan, your impersonation was so good, Jess thought it was a voice over. Totally classic!

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