This fall, Northeast Portland will host a new experiment in humanizing streets: the city will open a one-day route from 42nd Avenue and Alberta to NE Cully Boulevard and Killingsworth just for walking.
“We want to give Portlanders a chance to see and experience their streets in a new way,” said Inna Levin, volunteer and outreach coordinator for the nonprofit advocacy group Oregon Walks, in a news release Tuesday. “We hope Cully Camina will be the start of something bigger, inspiring more people to walk and engage in their community.”
The free event is Sunday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Since there’s no Sunday Parkways scheduled in September this year (the fifth and final open streets event, Sellwood-Milwaukie Sunday Parkways, is set for Oct. 2) the new Cully event will in a sense be a sixth Sunday Parkways.
Oregon Walks is the main organizer of the event. It’s hoping to make this the first of a series called “Oregon Walkways,” which would take place once or twice per year “in different neighborhoods across the region.”
People rolling through on wheelchairs and similar mobility devices will be welcome, too.
Lead sponsors include the Metro regional government and the City of Portland. The organizations Living Cully, Verde, Hacienda CDC, Our 42nd Ave, Andando en Bicicleta en Cully and City Repair have signed on as partners.
“Portlanders love to embrace their streets as public, community space,” said Linda Ginenthal, who manages Sunday Parkways for the Portland Bureau of Transportation, in the news release.
“This partnership with Oregon Walks is an exciting opportunity to showcase our businesses and organizations, and to get folks interested in becoming a more pedestrian-friendly, neighborhood-serving commercial district,” added Laura Waddick, the community engagement manager at Our 42nd Ave, an organization with a mission to create a “welcoming, safe, walkable and eco-friendly commercial district” on Northeast 42nd.
You can RSVP and receive updates on Cully Camina on its Facebook event page.
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Michael Andersen was news editor of BikePortland.org from 2013 to 2016 and still pops up occasionally.