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City cancels Sunday Parkways Southwest due severe weather forecast

Posted by on September 27th, 2013 at 10:49 am

A scene from a wet Sunday Parkways in
northeast Portland in 2011.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has just announced that they’ve cancelled Sunday Parkways due to the severe weather forecasted for this weekend. The event was scheduled for Sunday and this is first time Sunday Parkways been called off since the event started in 2008.

Here’s more via a PBOT statement:

The Portland Bureau of Transportation announced today that the last Sunday Parkways of the season is cancelled due to a severe weather forecast for the Portland metropolitan area. High winds and heavy rain are forecast for this Sunday, September 29.

The event was scheduled to take place in Southwest Portland from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. City officials are notifying sponsors, vendors and residents of the cancellation.

The worst Sunday Parkways weather I can ever recall was the September 2011 edition in northeast Portland. That day it rained very hard, but as we reported in our recap and photos, it didn’t quell everyone’s spirit (as that lady in my lead photo attests). However, this weekend’s storm is looking to be much more serious than just some good, old-fashioned Portland rain. The forecast is calling for several inches to fall — most of it on Sunday. High winds are also predicted. The Oregon Department of Transportation was concerned enough that they issued a special weekend travel advisory yesterday.

The southwest edition of was the last of this season’s five Sunday Parkways events. PBOT has not said whether or not it will be rescheduled.

UPDATE, 11:11 am: PBOT spokeswoman Diane Dulken has confirmed that this even will not be rescheduled. “Unfortunately no. It was a great season, it just ended earlier than we wished.”

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Craig Harlow
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Craig Harlow

I’ve really enjoyed the rainy, stormy Sunday Parkways events in the past, but those still enjoyed warm summer temps, so getting wet was just fine and another kind of bike fun. But with temps in the 50s, I think they made the right call, cancelling this one.

Andrew K
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Andrew K

Yeah, probably a good call I hate to say. I work in the utility business and we are prepping for some heavy heavy rain this weekend.

Spiffy
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Overcast with rain. Fog early. High of 59F. Breezy. Winds from the South at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 100% with rainfall amounts near 0.6 in. possible.

15-20 is my max speed so I guess I wouldn’t be able to pedal very fast…

rainbike
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rainbike

Contemplate Rule #9 as you ride into the storm.

scranton
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scranton

We cancel things for rain in PDX? Next stop, San Diego state of mind.

LoveDoctor
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LoveDoctor

BOOO! I live nearby and was really looking forward to the event. However, since part of the goal of Parkways is to encourage new riders, a howling storm may not leave many rare-riders with a good impression. Give a shout out to the sponsors, though, so they will be willing to contribute again next year.

Joseph E
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I was looking forward to this, despite the ominous forecast. Next year, the Sunday Parkways in September should be scheduled for the first half of the month, which almost always sunny and nice.

ben
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ben

LMAO, Portland has no idea what rain is until they go to Denver, Co. It is pretty rare when we get a real rain storm!
I am going to go ride my bicycle anyways.