PDOT reveals potential route, details of Sunday Parkways

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Potential Sunday Parkways route.

The City of Portland’s Transportation Options division has taken a step forward in their quest to pull off a ciclovia-type event — which they call “Sunday Parkways” — in Portland by next summer.

The event is being modeled after a successful program in Bogota, Colombia which shuts down 113km of major roads to motorized vehicles and draws 1.5 million citizens into the streets every Sunday.

Yesterday, an options staffer sent an email sent to the Chairs of several neighborhood associations in North Portland to schedule a meeting to garner feedback about the idea.

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More on ciclovias from Bogota’s former Parks Commissioner

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Gil Penalosa

My recent post on the efforts of PDOT to create a ciclovia-type event (which they would call “Sunday Parkways”) somehow made its way to Gil Penalosa.

Penalosa (I previously wrote about his brother Enrique) is the former Commissioner of Parks, Sports and Recreation for the city of Bogota, Colombia. During his tenure in the late 1990s, he led a two-year transformation of their ciclovia program from eight miles and 140,000 riders each Sunday to 70 miles and 1.5 million riders!

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Ciclovia in Portland? PDOT ponders “Sunday Parkways”

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Ciclovia in Bogota, Colombia.
(Photo:Ethan Kent/Streetsblog)

Hoping to emulate the overwhelming success of “ciclovias” in many South American countries, PDOT hopes to bring the concept — which they call “Sunday Parkways” — to Portland by next year.

A ciclovia consists of the temporary or permanent closure of a major street (or streets) to motorized vehicles so that people are free to use the roadway without concern for their safety.

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