Sunday Parkways

Welcome to our Sunday Parkways story archives.

This open streets event began in 2008 and is managed by the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Browse the headlines below for all our Sunday Parkways event recaps, news items, and photo galleries.

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28,000 Portlanders in the streets at Sunday Parkways season opener

by on May 22nd, 2017 at 5:06 pm

Laurelhurst Park

Laurelhurst Park was swamped with cycling sun-seekers Sunday.
(Photos: Kevin Koch)

Sunday was a glorious day by all accounts. The weather was sublime and the streets were full of everything we love about Portland. It couldn’t have been more perfect for the first Sunday Parkways event of the season.
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Business group behind Gresham’s first open streets event

by on May 8th, 2017 at 4:28 pm

(Map: City of Gresham/Gresham Chamber)

Here’s a sign that support for carfree urban spaces is growing: The main organizer of Gresham’s first-ever open streets event is its chamber of commerce.

Gresham is Portland’s eastern neighbor. On Sunday June 18th, from 10am to 2pm, the city will host what they hope becomes an annual Father’s Day tradition: an event they call Sunday Parkway. Inspired by Portland’s similarly named events that began nine years ago, the Gresham version will offer a relatively carfree, 8-mile loop with three “pit stops” where people can enjoy food, live entertainment, activities and more.

Here’s how they describe it:

Feel comfortable, safe and enjoy walking, strolling, bicycling and rolling along the city’s beautiful trail system and historic downtown… Slow down, play on our trails, connect with your neighbors, meet new friends and have fun on the trail…

Gresham Chamber of Commerce CEO Lynn Snodgrass told us she thinks it’s completely natural for her group to spearhead this event. She sees it simply as a way to have fun and promote the beauty of her city.
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350 volunteers still needed for Sunday Parkways

by on April 25th, 2017 at 8:33 am

Sunday Parkways season is less than one month away (first event is in southeast May 21st)! But to make the fun happen, the City of Portland needs a lot of volunteers to help pull it off. Check their notice below to find ways to plug in and do your part. See you out there!

Portland Sunday Parkways needs your help again this year to open up our public streets, introduce folks young and old to the wonders of car-free afternoons, and show our neighbors how resilient, interconnected and caring communities can light up all of our lives. We need ~350 bike fun enthusiasts like you at each event to help more than 25,000 participants have the best ride ever— whether it’s their thousandth, tenth, or even their very first. Sign up to volunteer for another Shift (on wheels, feets, hands, chairs, wings– anything you like as long as it’s human-powered) at our first event of the year on May 21st in (Inner) Southeast Portland!
Sign up here to volunteer.

Here’s how we need your help…
-Mobile Superheroes to ride the route, keeping a watchful eye on the neighborhood and backing up the Intersection Superheroes
-Intersection Superheroes to monitor the barricades, making sure participants are safe from cars and neighbors are happy to host us
-Info Booth Ambassadors to help all our participants get the most out of Sunday Parkways
-Interested in helping another way? Come down to the office! We’re hosting two more fundraising nights this week to keep Sunday Parkways happy and healthy, join us! We need help in between events too— schedule some time to help out behind the scenes.

…and here’s (just a few of the ways) we can show our appreciation!
Every Sunday Parkways volunteer receives:
– a HEATHER PURPLE Sunday Parkways event t-shirt
– refreshments before and during your shift
– support before, during and after the event
– a 2017 Sunday Parkways bandanna – any three shifts across the season and it’s all yours

Sign up here: PortlandSundayParkways.org.

Thanks again folks! See you in Southeast Portland!

Portland announces 10th anniversary Sunday Parkways season

by on February 14th, 2017 at 12:00 pm

See detailed maps below.

We love Sunday Parkways, so what better day to announce the 10 anniversary season than Valentine’s Day!

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is bringing back the events for the 10th time with a new route and a special birthday celebration.
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Don’t miss Sunday Parkways Southeast this weekend!

by on August 19th, 2016 at 3:37 pm

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There will be plenty of ways to keep cool at Sunday Parkways.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

We know it’s stiflingly hot right now but the forecast is for cooler temps on Sunday. It should be a perfect day to enjoy your streets the way they intended to be used — by walking, rolling, and riding on them during Sunday Parkways.
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Discount ends tomorrow for the International Open Streets Summit in Portland

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on July 14th, 2016 at 3:20 pm

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Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways, 2014.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

The biggest conference about open-streets events (like Sunday Parkways) and tactical urbanism (like Better Block) is coming to Portland next month.

The International Open Streets Summit will bring many people who work to humanize street space to Portland State University from Thursday, Aug. 18 to Saturday, Aug. 20. The draft program includes speakers from Philadelphia; Dallas; Los Angeles; Missoula; Toronto; Cape Town, South Africa; and Santiago, Chile, among others.

The “tactical urbanism” thread is newly added to this conference, reflecting the fact that fast, flexible changes and demos on city streets are a growing trend among community groups and city governments alike. Mike Lydon, a planning consultant helping produce this conference, literally wrote the book on that subject.

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Portland police will exchange a U-lock for your cable lock on Sunday

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on June 23rd, 2016 at 10:41 am

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Mayor Charlie Hales on his way to work last fall.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

As bike theft has become the only major category of crime in Portland that’s on a long-term rise, cable locks have been going the way of the station wagon and the wristwatch.

The Portland State University Bike Hub doesn’t even sell them. When Mayor Charlie Hales briefly started biking to work last fall, Willamette Week wrote an entire online article about the fact that he used a cable lock. (His wife Nancy, a regular bike commuter, told us at the time that it was because they’d misplaced their U-lock keys that day.)

Apparently the Bike Theft Task Force at the Portland Police Bureau agrees. In a tweet on Wednesday, the team said they’ll be offering a lock exchange program at North Portland Sunday Parkways this weekend: you give them a cable lock, they give you a U-lock.

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Sunday Parkways kicks off this weekend in outer southeast Portland

by on May 12th, 2016 at 9:02 am

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East Portland could look like this every day; but for now Sunday Parkways is your one chance to experience its true potential.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Grab your friends and kids and neighbors — it’s time for Sunday Parkways! The ninth annual season starts this Sunday (May 15th) in outer southeast Portland.
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City’s newest Sunday Parkways route heads to Milwaukie via Sellwood Bridge

by on February 17th, 2016 at 11:32 am

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Hello Milwaukie!

With lots of grey skies and another big rainstorm on the way, here’s an event to look forward to this summer: eight miles of (relatively) carfree streets from Southeast Portland to Milwaukie via the new Sellwood Bridge.
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How Sunday Parkways helps bridge Portland’s racial divides (video)

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on November 20th, 2015 at 2:28 pm

When I started getting seriously interested in bicycles a few years ago, I already knew they were pollution-free, cheap, healthy, quiet, nonlethal and space-efficient.

What threw me for a loop, when I was talking to other Portlanders who were already interested in bicycles, was that they kept talking about community. Biking (and walking, and public transit) connected them with their neighbors and surroundings in a way that driving can’t.

The idea, it turned out, is backed up by science.

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