Posted by Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) on July 20th, 2011 at 9:28 am
(Photos © J. Maus)
This Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, the Bureau of Transportation will host their third of five Sunday Parkways events of the year. The route (see it below) is a 6.4 mile loop that spans through upper Northwest Portland and the Pearl District and south to Waterfront Park and SW Naito Parkway.
Riding on SW Naito will likely be a highlight of the route. PBOT will make the southern portion of the route — from SW Taylor to SW Columbia completely carfree, but will allow southbound motor vehicle traffic between Taylor and and NW Overton. Another high point will be NW 13th, a street that blossomed while carfree last year (and a street I think should be considered as Portland’s next carfree plaza).
The route looks to be a great tour of downtown Portland, and as usual, PBOT has lined up a stellar mix of activities in parks along the way. In future years, I’d love to see our major downtown streets go carfree for this event. I think it’d be both very fun — and an important symbolic gesture — if PBOT would close Burnside or Broadway to car traffic. Perhaps, if we get a massive turnout on Sunday, it will convince businesses that thousands of people moving by their storefronts at a leisurely pace is actually good for their business.
Last year some early morning drizzle kept crowds away, but if this sunny weather holds, we could be in for an epic day of carfree streets downtown.
See you out there!