By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Sunday Parkways events are scheduled throughout the city, starting May 11 in East Portland and concluding September 28 in Southwest Portland, according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation.
The series of free community events opens streets for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. An estimated 100,000 residents and visitors annually say they enjoy the traffic-free streets connecting parks and school grounds filled with activities, music and vendors.
These are the dates for Sunday Parkways 2014: May 11 East Portland; June 22 North Portland; July 27 Northeast Portland; Aug. 24 Southeast Portland and September 28 Southwest Portland.
A map and route information is available at PortlandSundayParkways.org. Volunteers, community groups and vendors wanting to participate in the events may contact the transportation bureau at (503) 823-7599 or online at PortlandSundayParkways.org.
The transportation bureau has secured Kaiser Permanente Northwest as a presenting sponsor of the popular event aimed at active, healthy living, said Mayor Charlie Hales.
“Kaiser Permanente is proud to once again present these family-friendly events to encourage the entire community to get moving bicycling, walking and just getting active,” said Daniel Field, director of Community Benefit and External Affairs at Kaiser Permanent Northwest.
The health-care organization has made a total investment over the past seven years of more than $650,000 in monetary support and in-kind services, according to the transportation bureau.
City Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees the bureau, said, “Sunday Parkways is a great introduction to biking and walking for everyone. The more we bike and walk, the healthier we are and the less we all spend on healthcare.”