(March 17, 2022) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente are pleased to announce the return of two in-person Sunday Parkways events in Summer 2022 in celebration of the program’s 15th anniversary. Save the dates! The two traffic-free events will take place on Sunday, June 26 in Northeast Portland’s Cully and Concordia neighborhoods and on Sunday, August 21 in East Portland’s Gateway, Hazelwood, Mill Park, and Parklane neighborhoods.
At these 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. The two fantastic new routes highlight Portland’s network of neighborhood greenways, parks and community resources. For event route maps and more information visit the Sunday Parkways website.
In addition to the two live events, PBOT is excited to bring back the Kaiser Permanente Sticker Hunt to inspire Portlanders to walk, bike, and roll all summer long. There will be five Sticker Hunts each in a different neighborhood that can be explored anytime from June to August to earn a fun reward.
"I am thrilled to welcome Sunday Parkways back to Portland’s streets this summer. These events bring out the best in Portlanders by bringing neighbors together for fun, healthy recreation activities. Sunday Parkways provide an opportunity to reimagine how we can best utilize our streets. I look forward to seeing those smiling faces enjoying these two routes soon," said Transportation Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty.
“I’m thrilled that we are able to bring back in-person Sunday Parkways events this year,” said Transportation Director Chris Warner. “This program has introduced hundreds of thousands of Portlanders to the joy of walking, biking, and rolling on car-free streets over the last decade and a half. As we look ahead to this year and beyond, we look forward to serving more community members and aligning the program even closer with our bureau’s equity goals.”
These large-scale community celebrations are only possible with the support of the program’s amazing volunteers. Portlanders are invited to 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. To learn about volunteer roles and sign up, visit https://www.portland.gov/sunday-parkways/volunteer.
Small businesses and organizations interested in vending at Sunday Parkways, as well as performers with special skills are invited to learn more about participating at an event at https://www.portland.gov/sunday-parkways/sp-vendors.
Health and safety are a top priority for the program. Providing a variety of programming allows community members to participate at their comfort level, whether through a self-guided sticker hunt or at a large community event. Sunday Parkways and PBOT will continue to monitor the conditions of the COVID-19 health pandemic and will follow all state guidance from the Oregon Health Authority to ensure the health and safety of all community members.
Portlanders interested in exploring the city by bike can plan their route using PBOT’s interactive bike map at www.portlandbikemap.com. The Portland Biking Guide includes tips, techniques and street smarts from PBOT to make your bike ride safer and more rewarding. Additional biking resources are available at https://www.portland.gov/transportation/walking-biking-transit-safety/biking-portland.
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About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and nonprofit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.5 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health. For more information, please visit: about.kaiserpermanente.org