Last Updated 2/13/23
Portland Sunday Parkways 2023 Season
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.
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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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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
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:
Report hate incidents when you see it
Say hello to your neighbor (we love the friendly sound of a bike bell!)
Make space for all bodies and diverse ways of being as we share space in the street
Engage in conversation with a new neighbor
Learn more and support organizations with anti-hate mission
Have a question about this year’s events?
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org