A Sunday Parkways primer

When streets are open for people, strange and wonderful things emerge — like this fish bike spotted at Sunday Parkways in Southeast Portland in August 2009.
(Photo © J. Maus)

This Sunday from 10am – 3pm in northeast Portland, the Bureau of Transportation will host the first of five Sunday Parkways events. With lots of activities at parks along the route and the freedom to walk and roll on neighborhood streets without those pesky motorized vehicles in your way, the event is not to be missed.

If you plan on being out there (and you’d be crazy to miss it!), here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Stop and chat

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Don’t just pedal all the way around the loop. This event is about getting to know your community and your neighbors, so make sure to stop and chat with folks along the way. The parks are fun (I’ll get to that below), but the magic of Sunday Parkways is how so many people along the route roll out the welcome mat. I’ve stopped at lemonade stands, garage sales, and last year a few young girls entertained us with river dancing!

Enjoy the parks and activities

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The bike skills park is always a big hit.

On Sunday, the seven-mile route will take you through three four fantastic parks; Alberta, Woodlawn, Fernhill and Wilshire. The parks are a hive of activity during these events and they’re well worth exploring. At each one you’ll find great food and entertainment, activities for the whole family, neighborhood information and more.

Extend the event – Party!

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Driveways full of bikes are a
common Sunday Parkways sight.

Post-Parkways parties are a great way to extend the spirit of the event. If you live on or near the route, invite some friends over for a BBQ or meet at a park to hang out and enjoy the day. At the June event last year, a friend in North Portland hosted a get together. It was awesome to see all the bikes lined up on his driveway and he’s already planning for a repeat event this year (with the Hopworks Beer Bike rumored to be there!). Also, with the earlier start time this year, we’ve heard of at least one pre-Parkways coffee and pastries party. Love it!

If you and/or your organization has something special planned for Sunday, feel free to promote it in the comments below. Also feel free to share your best Parkways tips.

See you out there!

For a preview of what to expect, re-live last year’s Sunday Parkways Northeast via the slideshow below:

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

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13 years ago

Don’t forget this year’s route includes lovely Woodlawn Park, too. And the official event time is 10-3, according to Sunday Parkway’s website. Go Woodlawn!

13 years ago

Thanks for posting – we are super excited to start the festivities and it looks like the weather will be beautiful.

Hope you can all make it out to play.

Cheers, Janis

13 years ago

I also love the opportunity to see parts of the city I do not normally take the time to cruise around.

13 years ago

Thanks for the primer, BikePortland! You’re absolutely right about the amazingly uplifting tone of these events.

PBOT, you do a beyond-great job putting on Sunday Parkways; you make us so proud to be a part of this unique and fantastic city.

Everyone >>> come say “Hi!” to the SoupCycle crew near Woodlawn Park. We’d love to fill your belly with you-know-what.

13 years ago

looking forward to super stellar intersection superheros! (and heroins!)