PBOT News Release: Sunday Parkways, presented by Kaiser Permanente, Kicks Off This Weekend in Southeast Portland

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Portland Bureau of Transportation

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News Release: 

Sunday Parkways, presented by Kaiser Permanente, kicks off this weekend in Southeast Portland

2018 season highlights include a new Green Loop route in Downtown Portland and support for local mental health organizations

(May 18, 2018) – This Sunday, May 20, Portland Sunday Parkways, presented by Kaiser Permanente, launches its first event of the season in Southeast Portland, with a 7-mile traffic-free, family-friendly route linking Laurelhurst, Sewallcrest, Colonel Summers and Ivon Parks. Organized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation, Sunday Parkways is a beloved event that makes it fun and easy for Portlanders of all ages to enjoy a healthy bike ride, walk or roll through beautiful Portland neighborhoods.

“As presenting sponsor, Kaiser Permanente is once again encouraging the community to participate in our Sticker Hunt, which will benefit local mental health organizations this year,” said Molly Haynes, Director of Community Health for Kaiser Permanente Northwest. “Collect all four stickers from each of our Kaiser Permanente booths in all four parks, and when you turn in your completed sticker card, we will make a donation in support of our community partners working to improve the mental health and resilience of those in our community.”

Sunday Parkways Southeast decal

Those who complete the Sticker Hunt this year will also receive a collectible neighborhood decal as a prize (Southeast Portland decal shown here). Collect all five from each neighborhood throughout the season!

Sunday Parkways’ 11th season will include five traffic-free events highlighting five different Portland neighborhoods and will include a new route in the downtown/central eastside of Portland -- the Green Loop.

The Bilingual Bike Fair, presented by Andando en Bicicletas en Cully, will be held during all five events, with bilingual bike safety information for young and forever young cyclists. This is also the first year that Sunday Parkways has worked with Olde World Puppet Theatre to showcase up to 66 tall and small puppets through an exhibit with themes that range from mermaids and birds to giants and sharks.

“Sunday Parkways is the city’s best block party, bike ride and community festival, all rolled into one,” said Leah Treat, Director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation.  “Every time I ride a neighborhood route, I discover unique hidden gems of Portland, including new parks, newly built biking and walking infrastructure, community gardens and beautiful residential neighborhoods.”

To make it easy for residents and visitors alike to join in the fun this weekend, PBOT has created a detailed Sunday Parkways route map. The map highlights the music, food, community organizations, sponsors, scheduled classes and other activities that participants can enjoy during the day.

To find the map and more information, visit www.PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599. Follow us on Facebook at PortlandSundayParkways and on Twitter @Sunday Parkways.

Save the Dates for Sunday Parkways 2018:

  • Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways - May 20
  • North Portland Sunday Parkways - June 24
  • New route! Green Loop (Downtown & Inner SE) Sunday Parkways - July 22
  • Outer Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways - August 19
  • Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways - September 23

About Sunday Parkways

Sunday Parkways is a series of free community events opening the city's largest public space—its streets—for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. The events are beloved by Portlanders of all ages. Total attendance to date has been 889,035 over 44 Sunday Parkways events. Residents and visitors say they come to enjoy the traffic-free streets connecting parks and schools filled with activities, music and vendors. It’s safe, family-friendly and a chance to meet neighbors. 


The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation