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Rain doesn’t dampen Sunday Parkways spirit

Posted by on September 26th, 2011 at 9:42 am

Sheets of rain didn’t stop big crowds from showing up to Sunday Parkways Northeast.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Despite intermittent downpours, thousands of people came out to ride on carfree streets during Sunday Parkways in Northeast Portland yesterday. It was the last of five Parkways events this year and people soaked up the fun any way they could.

My family and I joined healthy crowds along NE Ainsworth Street for activities at Alberta Park and Fernhill Park.

The downpours would send some running for cover…

Waiting it out.

While others — especially kids and the young at heart — reveled in the chance to get wet and pedal through some puddles…

Volunteers along the route made the best of things…

The Cyclameleon — a huge, pedal-powered vehicle dressed up like a chameleon — drew quite a crowd. Artist Tyler Fuqua created the Cyclameleon as an interactive art piece for the recent Burning Man festival…

Cyclameleon creator Tyler Fuqua.

On a more somber note, friends and family of Mark Bosworth, the Metro employee who has been missing since last Friday (9/16), were set up along Ainsworth to spread the word of his disappearance. Mark lives just a few blocks away from where the tent was set up. His daughters Kelly and Claire as well as his wife Julie were all out, asking Sunday Parkways participants to take a flyer and help in the search effort (I’ll have more about Mark’s search in a separate post later today)…

See more photos from yesterday’s event in the Gallery.

This was the last Sunday Parkways of the year. Special thanks to the Portland Bureau of Transportation and all the volunteers and sponsors that make this event possible. Hopefully next year we can do even more!

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9watts
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9watts

great opening photo.

Paul Johnson
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Paul Johnson

Wished I was there; my bike was a victim of the Murray Boulevard broken glass I keep reporting to Beaverton and they keep doing nothing about…

Chris I
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Chris I

Cyclameleon was having major difficulty making it up the slight incline while going west on Ainsworth.

dmc
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dmc

Had a blast.

Everyone was wearing their helmets besides me and a couple moms.

Noticed a big lack of the 13-30 age group.

cycler
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cycler

Hmmm. I bike in the rain when I need to get somewhere, but I’m not sure that I like it enough to go out and do it “for fun”.

iheartpdx
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iheartpdx

This was a super fun ride- despite the rain. Thanks for the great pics!

Gabriel Nagmay
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I was impressed by the crowds – despite the heavy rain. We set up some tents, and had a few hundred people stop by for barbecue, homebrew and cider pressing. A big thanks to everyone who made it out to our place on Emerson. It was a great day.

ME 2
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ME 2

I had a great time yesterday. My kids (5 and 8) were pysched to be out and active in the rain. We started at 1 PM and sat out the downpour by hiding under a big tree at Fernhill.

gregg woodlawn
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Such a great day! Thanks PBOT!!!

Tyler Fuqua
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Thanks for all the great support for the Cyclameleon! Hope you all liked it. Though with all that rain it probably would have been more fitting to have a giant fish on top instead of a chameleon!

Spiffy
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Spiffy

the rain was enough to keep the 5 of us away that planned to bike up there…

like cycler said, the rain was enough to keep us away for fun, but if I needed to get somewhere I would…

the kiddo and I took the bus to some indoor fun… the other family that was going with us stayed home…

pdxpaul
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pdxpaul

I had a great time volunteering – even in the dounpour – along Cully. The cycletrack is amazing as were the folks out participating. Hope to see tens of thousands of my closest friends again next year. Hope to see folks take the plunge and be superheroes for a few hours, too!

Susan
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Susan

John and I went out to enjoy the last Sunday Parkways of 2011, the third year (?) We sheltered under some trees a couple of times, but it was delightful to be out with so many other folks enjoying themselves. Thank you Sunday Parkways, Portland Police, the many volunteers and the partipants.

Rainfish Umbrella
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cycler
Hmmm. I bike in the rain when I need to get somewhere, but I’m not sure that I like it enough to go out and do it “for fun”.
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Yet another missed opportunity for the “Rainfish umbrella”. I can understand why more than a few folks didn’t make it.

Paula
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Paula

I rode from Mt. Tabor at noon, got totally drenched by rain and by vehicle splash. Glad it was at least a summery, warm rain. Fun times, get to say I did all parkways for the year!

Interesting route this year and enjoyed seeing some of the new bike-specific changes.

Hart Noecker
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It was great to get to ride with the streets not quite so crowded, and it was good practice to remember how to ride in the rain period after so many perfect weather months.

Paul Hnrahan
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Paul Hnrahan

I think this was the rainiest Sunday Parkways in 3 years, but it was fun, and if you ride all year, rain is no big deal anyway. Everybody I saw seemed to be having a good time, the kids especially. Thanks for all of the volunteers who made it happen. I f you haven’t volunteered yet,please consider doing so next year, it is fun and an easy way to give back to the community.

Lois Moss
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Volunteered at an intersection which was fun plus it was a great networking opportunity…got to meet and/or chat with: Mia Burke, Roger Geller, Rich Cassidy, Michael Anderson, Janis McDonald and Roger Averbeck. Also helped two newbie cyclists be more comfortable on their bikes. Plus, it was an excuse to wear my neon pink, marabou-trimmed crushed velvet cape. Thank you Portland!!

Options Guy
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Glad to see so many intrepid folks out walking and biking!
If you want more opportunities to practice biking in the rain there’s a new series of bike rides for beginners from Portland By Cycle (part of PBOT Tranportation Options – the folks who bring you Sunday Parkways).
Our Autumn Ride series will have 4 FREE rides on Saturdays in October and November – we’ll roll rain or shine, and keep smiles at the ready to serve as our umbrellas. Check out the schedule of rides here:
http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?c=44099&a=364565

The first ride is this Saturday from Irving Park, 10 am, with the theme “Reduce, Reuse, Bicycle.” Hope you can join us!

Ted Buehler
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We had a great time at the Bike Temple on NE 20th and Going, outside the Xhurch.

See a video of Brother Dan preaching from the Portland 2030 Bicycle Master Plan at
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bike-Temple/147984491743

Thanks much to PBOT, Options, Council, PPB and everyone else that made this happen.

Ted Buehler