Every Sunday in Bogotá, Colombia, the city briefly transforms. Miles of roads are free of automobile traffic, allowing residents to bike, walk or roller-skate across the city unimpeded. Inspired by Bogotá’s weekly event, Portland’s Sunday Parkways began in 2008, closing streets to cars and opening them to people.
Sunday Parkways is an annual summertime event series that’s offered on one Sunday a month from May–September. Perfect for riders of all skill levels, these community rides let cyclists take their time and roll through the neighborhoods that make up the heart of the city.
Sunday Parkways Rides in 2020
- Southeast Portland: May 17, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (7 miles; 11.3 km)
- North Portland: June 28, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (9.5 miles; 15.3 km)
- Gateway: July 19, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (4.8 miles; 7.7 km)
- Green Loop: Aug. 23, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (7 miles; 11.3 km)
- Northeast Portland: Sept. 20, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (7.6 miles; 12.2 km)
Sunday Parkways are on five set routes throughout the city, opening up streets to people-powered wheels (including skateboards and bikes) and getting pedestrians out for a good stroll. They offer a refreshing momentary imagining of what a city could look like if it prioritized people over personal vehicles.
Pedaling through Portland on two wheels is a summertime must. With almost 400 miles (650 km) of bikeways woven throughout the city, Portland is consistently listed as one of the most bike-friendly cities in America.
Portland’s bikeways are made up of bike paths, designated bike lanes and neighborhood “greenways” where bicycles and pedestrians are given priority over cars. In just a few minutes, cyclists can go from riding beneath a canopy of trees in Ladd’s Addition to biking along the Eastbank Esplanade and watching the sunset over the Willamette River. If you don’t have your own wheels, Portland’s many bike rental services and Biketown bike-share program have you covered.
What to Expect at Sunday Parkways
Each Sunday Parkways route is closed off to cars and other motorized vehicles from 11 a.m.–4 p.m., allowing cyclists full access to the city streets. Dozens of volunteers are stationed along the route, directing traffic at busy street crossings and providing additional safety measures (and encouragement) for young and less experienced riders.
Each ride passes through a number of “activated” city parks filled with local food vendors, bike repair stations, community booths, kids’ activities and much more. Visitors can also expect live entertainment, including music, DJ sets, circus performances, Shakespearian plays and Zumba. Unofficial concerts, snacks and yard sales also tend to appear outside the residences along the route — be sure to bring quarters for the many adorable lemonade stands that inevitably pop up!
Sunday Parkways is a reminder of how city infrastructure can help make neighborhoods more bicycle- and people-friendly. Wandering through Portland by bike on a lazy Sunday is an ideal way to get to know the city and the people who live in it. Learn more on the Sunday Parkways website.
Upcoming Dates & Times
- May 17
Get ready for the first Sunday Parkways ride of the year! Join bicyclists as they cruise along inner Southeast Portland and enjoy a delicious dose of summer time magic. This 7-mile route will explore the neighborhood greenways of Ankeny, Clinton, Lincoln, Salmon, Taylor streets and more, passing by Laurelhurst Park, Ivon Park, Colonel Summers Park…
Join Sunday Parkways in this 9.5-mile loop of North Portland, which will pass by Arbor Lodge Park, Peninsula Park & Rose Garden, Kenton Park, McCoy Park and Columbia Annex. An accessible ride (by EveryOne Rides) will return and be located at Arbor Lodge Park, adjacent to the universally accessible Harper’s Playground. To view the complete…
Head to Gateway in Northeast Portland for Sunday Parkways’ 4.8-mile loop of the neighborhood. One of the shorter routes of the summer, Gateway’s Sunday Parkways is a great option for families and friends who want to walk (instead of bike) at the event. Parks along the route include Hazelwood Hydro Park, Gateway Discovery Park, Knott…
Sunday Parkways heads to the historic North Park Blocks forit s 7-mile route along Portland’s Green Loop. This ride will pass by multiple cultural hotspots, including the Portland Art Museum, North and South Park Blocks, Lovejoy Fountain, Portland State University and the city’s Central Eastside. To view the complete route (and find more rides), visit…
Come out and enjoy the last Sunday Parkways of the season with this 7.6-mile ride in Northeast Portland! Enjoy the walking/biking boulevard of Ainsworth along with the neighborhood greenways of Going street, Holman street and Alberta Court. Parks along this route include Alberta Park, Woodlawn Park, Fernhill Park and Khunamokwst Park. To view the complete…
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