Sunday Parkways Frequently Asked Questions 2022

Information
A young hula-hooper showing her skills in a park with festival tents and other hula hoopers around her.
Learn more about the 2022 season of the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT) Sunday Parkways program through our frequently asked questions page.
On this page

Last Updated: 3/17/2022 

We are excited to celebrate our 15th anniversary with a return to in-person events and five Sticker Hunt activities across the city that can be done any day of the summer. Below you’ll find information addressing some frequently asked questions about our programs this year.  

This year's events  

What are the dates for 2022? 

This year we will have two live events:

  • Sunday, June 26th in Northeast Cully - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 21st in East Portland - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

What are the routes for the live events? 

Here is the route for the Northeast Cully event on 6/26 

A map showing the route of the June 26 NE Cully Sunday Parkways Route

Here is the route for the East Portland event on August 21st

2022 East Portland Sunday Parkways Route

What’s new for 2022? 

The routes for our in-person events! We'll be hosting a new route in East Portland and we’ve changed the Northeast route significantly to include the Cully neighborhood. 

Why only two live events? 

Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we decided to walk before we can run. We’re transitioning from two years of virtual events to just a few in-person events.  

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

  • Maintain flexibility to be able to adapt to any potential changes in the COVID-19 pandemic 

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

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

Why aren’t we doing in-person events in other neighborhoods this year? 

In adhering to the City’s goals on diversity, equity and inclusion, we have selected areas that have been historically underserved by Sunday Parkways, and where street closures are especially important for community members to try biking, walking, and rolling. 

But we still wanted to bring the spirit of Sunday Parkways across the city which is why we designed five routes for the Kaiser Permanente Sticker Hunt using Portland’s 100+ miles of neighborhood greenways. These curated routes are family-friendly, accessible, and feature amazing parks and public spaces. You can enjoy the fun and freedom of walking and biking on these routes any day you choose.  

Want to create your own mini Sunday Parkways? There are some great resources for throwing your own celebration. 

What can neighbors, businesses and other organizations along the routes expect?  

Streets along the route will be closed off to motorized traffic, with very limited access for people living on the route. There will be designated crossing points along the routes for motorized traffic, but it is best to avoid driving in the area during the event as you might experience long delays. In the past, Sunday Parkways events have attracted up to 25,000 participants. Participants walk, roll or cycle at low speeds along routes. There are spots in the parks and along the route where circulation slows for food vendors, non-profit & sponsor information tables and live entertainment. This is a family-friendly event that encourages people to feel safe and enjoy walking, biking, rolling and playing in the streets.  

What is the Kaiser Permanente Sticker Hunt? 

In order to bring the spirit of Sunday Parkways across the city the Kaiser Permanente Sticker Hunt will return in 2022. Five routes have been designed for anyone to explore Portland parks any day from June 1 to August 31. Each route will have six sidewalk stickers placed in parks or plazas along the routes. The goal is to find all six sidewalk stickers, and at each one scan the QR code to learn how to redeem your reward.  

How to get involved  

Can I donate to Sunday Parkways?

Of course! Sunday Parkways relies on sponsorship, volunteers and donors. Any little bit helps!

Donate to Sunday Parkways

My school/church/sports/community group wants to take part. What can we do?  

We’d love to have you! There are plenty of volunteer opportunities that double as a fundraising event for your organization. Your organization will be paid for each adult volunteer who works a full shift.

Sunday Parkways Volunteer Information

Can I set up my food cart?  

Sunday Parkways loves highlighting local businesses, including food vendors. To learn more about vendor opportunities please complete an interest form by clicking on the link below.  

Sunday Parkways Vendor Information

Can I perform at Sunday Parkways?

Bring on the talent! Email PortlandSundayParkways@portlandoregon.gov to learn more about opportunities to perform at Sunday Parkways.  And remember ANYBODY can set up in their front yard or bring an instrument to the park. The more the merrier! 

Safety at Sunday Parkways 

How will you make Sunday Parkways safe?  

Sunday Parkways routes will be blocked off from car traffic, aside from a few designated crossing points which will be heavily monitored by route volunteers.  

But safety always starts with each individual. Sunday Parkways encourages everyone to,  

  • Wear a helmet and any other protective gear. 

  • Move slowly particularly in areas with a lot of people. 

  • Communicate with those around you using turn signals. 

  • Be aware of your surroundings and fellow riders.

What if there is a change in COVID-19? How are you making decisions about hosting an in-person event?  

The Sunday Parkways Team will continue to monitor the conditions of the COVID-19 health pandemic and plan to follow all state guidance from the Oregon Health Authority to ensure the health and safety of all community members.   

Sunday Parkways encourages non-vaccinated participants to consider wearing a mask. 

Community guidelines 

Is alcohol or marijuna allowed on the routes? 

Participants should comply to state and local laws. Consumption of alcohol and marijuana are not allowed on city streets or at parks (without a permit).

Can we have a cookout in a park?  

You can, but you’ll need a reservation.

Picnic Reservation Information

Can I ride my electric unicycle? 

Yes, but you must keep the speed below 10 mph. 

Are pets allowed?  

A cyclist riding past Sunday Parkways vendors with their white-haired large dog sitting behind them in a bike trailer.
Sunday Parkways is for everybody - no matter what the body!

Of course! Any leashed pet that is comfortable around people is allowed to join in the fun! We ask that you do not use “extend-a-leashes." If you bring dogs, please be sure to use your pooper scooper! 

About Sunday Parkways  

Is Sunday Parkways a race?  

No, there is no competitive aspect to Sunday Parkways. In fact, we encourage everyone to slow down, take their time and get to know their neighbors. 

How is this event paid for? 

Sunday Parkways events are funded through a mix of sponsorships, donations and public funds. 

Why is the City paying for this? 

Portland has very ambitious goals for transitioning people away from driving alone into alternative modes of transportation such as bicycling, public transit, and walking. Sunday Parkways is an innovative and effective strategy to reach people in Portland who haven’t already started riding and walking so they can try it in a traffic-free, safe and fun environment. 

The key goals of Sunday Parkways events are: 

  • Connecting people to their neighborhood parks and community groups. 

  • Providing free family-friendly activities in underserved communities. 

  • Showcasing infrastructure improvements that support walking and bicycling. 

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

Why Sundays? 

Sunday was chosen because it has the lowest auto traffic volumes of any day of the week. With good planning and communication, we work to decrease inconveniences. 

Couldn’t find what you were looking for? Please contact us by email at PortlandSundayParkways@portlandoregon.gov, or by phone at 503-823-7599.