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2023 Portland Sunday Parkways Season

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A family enjoying Portland Sunday Parkways by riding the closed route on bikes.
Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente announces its 2023 season featuring three in-person events.
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Last Updated 2/13/23

Portland Sunday Parkways 2023 Season

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An image of three participants with their bikes at Portland Sunday Parkways. Text: City of Portland 2023 Sunday Parkways Presented By Kaiser Permanente. May 7th: East Portland; June 25: Northeast Cully; September 10 Southwest Portland.

This year Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente will celebrate its Sweet 16th with three events! Join us for this special occasion as we open the streets and gather with the community. The season will start with a return to East Portland on Sunday, May 7, followed by another return to Northeast Cully on Sunday, June 25. The new route for this year will feature Southwest Portland on September 10

At these accessible family-friendly events, streets on the route are closed to car traffic so that you can bike, walk, roll and play in Portland’s largest public space, its streets. We’ve created three fantastic routes that highlight our network of neighborhood greenways and other new infrastructure, parks, and community resources.   

It’s crucial that everyone feel safe as they explore new ways of getting around, especially on streets that prioritize people walking and biking. This year will incorporate public safety improvements for our participants and partners.  

Here are some of the goals that guided our decision to host three in-person events this year:   

  • Prioritize three neighborhoods that have been underserved by Sunday Parkways in the past

  • Create equitable, accessible, and inclusive events that reflect the communities they take place in

  • Improve traffic management and volunteer training to ensure participant safety during the event 

The spirit of Portland Sunday Parkways has always come from the people who make up these events, from dedicated volunteers to amazing local vendors and entertainers, to the neighbors who we share the streets with, and this year we can’t wait to celebrate together.  

Share your thoughts to win Sunday Parkways merch! 

Our pre-season survey helps us improve our programming and design events that reflect the community. It should take less than five minutes, and you’ll have a chance to win Sunday Parkways merch

Get involved with Sunday Parkways  

Be a part of the celebration 

These large-scale community celebrations are only possible with the support of our amazing volunteers. Be one of the hundreds of people who help make these events fun and safe. You can sign up individually or as a group. A shift only lasts for half of the event so you will have plenty of time to explore the route and enjoy.  

Learn about volunteer roles and sign up

Bring your talents to Sunday Parkways  

Are you interested in having your small business or organization at Sunday Parkways? Do you have a special skill you’d like to share with the community? 

Learn more about being a vendor or a performer at an event

2023 Events

East Portland event - Sunday, May 7, 2023

The East Portland 3.3-mile down and back route will take Sunday Parkways into neighborhoods and parks that you may never have been before, such as Gateway Discovery Park. You can hop on at any point and head in any direction you choose. 

Go to East Portland event page

Map graphic of the 2023 East Portland Sunday Parkways route.

Northeast Cully event - Sunday, June 25, 2023

The Northwest Cully 6.2 mile looped route rises significantly as one travels from North to South, so if it gets a bit taxing, take a break and drink some water! And when you are dropping down those hills, make sure to monitor your speed - and check your brakes! 

Go to Northeast Cully event page

A map featuring the NE Cully event route during Portland Sunday Parkways.

Southwest Portland Event - Sunday, September 10, 2023

The new Southwest route will feature a 2-mile multi-modal route along with a 1.5-mile walking route. Take in Gabriel Park as you stroll along the flat walking route or enjoy the wind in your hair as you ride the neighborhood hills.  

Sunday Parkways 2023 SW Portland Route

Go to Southwest Portland event page

This year’s Sunday Parkways routes are specially designed to highlight Portland’s neighborhood greenway network, new infrastructure, and parks. There will be spots in the parks and along the route where circulation slows for food vendors, non-profit & sponsor information tables and live entertainment. 

Please note: Event routes are subject to change, we will post all updates here on our website. 

What are neighborhood greenways?

Neighborhood greenways are low-traffic and low-speed streets where people walking, and biking are prioritized. Neighborhood greenways make traveling to the grocery store, school, pharmacy or other destinations by biking, walking, or rolling more comfortable and enjoyable.  

Portland has over 100 miles of greenways, and is continuing to add more in certain areas and improve those that already exist.

Learn more about neighborhood greenways 

Get yourself ready to ride!

A bike fair will be hosted in each neighborhood before the Sunday Parkways event to help people get ready for a day of fun in the sun. 

Activities are FREE and there’s something for everyone, including: 

  • Biking lessons for children with activities to learn about bike safety skills  

  • Learn-to-ride coaching for adults just starting out on a bike  

  • Quick-fix Bike Repair to make sure your bike is rolling smoothly and safely  

  • E-Bike Demos come see a variety of e-bike options that are rising in popularity 

The East Portland Neighborhood Bike Fair will be held at  Ventura Park Elementaryon April 14, 2023, from 3:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and is a free family-friendly event.

The Cully Neighborhood Bike Fair will be held at Rigler Elementary on June 2, 2023, from 2:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. and is a free family-friendly event.

The Southwest Neighborhood Bike Fair will be held at Mittleman Jewish Community Center,Schnitzer Family Campus on July 23, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is a free family-friendly event.

About Sunday Parkways  

Portland Sunday Parkways mission is to promote healthy active living through free events that open the city's largest public space ‐‐ its streets ‐‐ for people to walk, bike, roll, and enjoy. Portland Sunday Parkways builds community through connection, fosters civic pride, stimulates economic development, and represents the community, business and government investments as Portland recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Our goals are to,  

  • Connect people to their neighborhood parks and community resources.

  • Provide free, accessible, inclusive family-friendly activities in underserved communities.

  • Showcase infrastructure improvements that support walking and bicycling.

  • Encourage physical activity to increase overall health and well-being.

  • Provide programming that reflects community members interests, abilities, and culture.

Accessibility at Sunday Parkways  
Two individuals riding on a recumbent bike during Portland Sunday Parkways.
Sunday Parkway's open streets are for everyone!

PBOT is committed to accessible programs, services, and activities. Sunday Parkways activities are open to all participants.  In addition, we will provide activities and programs from organizations and presenters that specifically support, serve, and represent people with disabilities.     

Sunday Parkways is open to EVERYBODY

Portland Sunday Parkways opens the streets so that people can experience joy and belonging in their community. Therefore, hate is not tolerated at Portland Sunday Parkways. We acknowledge that everyone's experience of city streets and public spaces is different, and that some community members are at greater risk of experiencing hate based on the color of their skin, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation. We do not tolerate hateful speech or actions at Sunday Parkways.  

We invite all of our participants to combat hate with love. Here are five ways to show love to your community: 

  1. Report hate incidents when you see it 

  1. Say hello to your neighbor (we love the friendly sound of a bike bell!) 

  1. Make space for all bodies and diverse ways of being as we share space in the street 

  1. Engage in conversation with a new neighbor 

  1. Learn more and support organizations with anti-hate mission 

Have a question about this year’s events?  

View answers to our most frequently asked questions. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Stay in the loop  

Be the first to know as we share more details for this year’s events by following us on social media and signing up for our newsletter. 

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  • Text - Just text any of the following words to 888-520-0526 and you'll get quick messages directly to your phone.

    • "Cully" for information on the Northeast Cully event.  

    • "East" for information on the East Portland event.  

    • "Southwest" for information on the Southwest Portland event.  

Sponsorship 

Join the celebration! Sunday Parkways events are a great chance for your organization to interact with Portlanders and support community health. To inquire about sponsorships, email us at portlandsundayparkways@portlandoregon.gov