Streetfilms: Portland’s Sunday Parkways

In New York, "Summer Streets" is set to debut this August. In Portland, they just held "Sunday Parkways" for the first time. Streetfilms’ Clarence Eckerson, in town for the Carfree Cities conference, captured the action and picked up a few pointers for other cities planning to launch car-free events:

It was like a giant community block party with walkers, bikers, joggers, bladers, families, and pets filling the 6 mile course.

There were plenty of fun activities in four northeast parks that
were linked by the circuit, which was opened to bikes and pedestrian
traffic only from 8 AM to 2 PM. For cities planning their own
Ciclovias, here are some things I liked about Portland’s event:
knowledgeable volunteers, lots of fun chalk messages on the ground,
easy to follow directions, lots of music & entertainment, and a
huge number of bike stations for bike repair.

  • Shemp

    The world’s first suburban ciclovia! Is there a city there?

  • This is Fantastic! It was almost like Gil Penalosa was actually in the video.

  • 4:27 – guy on the left is wearing a Tour de Queens t-shirt.

  • Andy B from Jersey

    That’s what Jonathan Maus sounds like?!?! I would have never guessed he was born overseas. He sounds Czech or Polish. Cool!

  • Looks pretty suburban to east coasters, eh?

    For the most part, only Portland’s downtown (and some parts of NW Portland) are what people from the east coast might recognize as “urban”. Most of the city, including North Portland where Sunday Parkways was held, looks like the neighborhood in this film. Properties tend to range from .05 to .11 acres and have single family dwellings and some yard space.

    Luxurious, I know, though as the city grows in population and acreage, more multi-unit dwellings are popping up in Portland proper.

    Thanks for the film, Clarence. I’m happy Dan used his magic wand to bring you to Portland.

  • Paul

    6 miles of car-free roads and adults still need their helmets putting around in America? Not that it’s a bad thing, just an observation. Awesome for ciclovia!

  • Andy B from Jersey

    Alright I missed the joke the first time about Mr. Maus. Really had me going.


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