Sunday Parkways 2009: How was it for you?
This year's Father's Day coincided with the second annual Sunday Parkways, the first of three. We started the day by hosting a little pre-ride gathering where families from the neighborhood & beyond came by to check out one another's bike gear, test it out, and let the older kids ride solo on a one block stretch of the parkways near our house. For me, the most magnificent aspect of this year's Sunday Parkways is how completely comfortable I felt letting our girls, ages 5 and 8, bike alongside their friends, aged 6 to 9, well ahead of us. We had few worries about oncoming motor vehicles. They didn't want to stop! They kept pedaling and pedaling and pedaling along. The crowds were not too thick, so they were able to maneuver quite easily. The route was relatively flat and intersected with just a few major intersections, where the kids knew to stop and wait for direction from the officers directing traffic. Really - they would have ridden the entire 7.5 mile loop again if we'd've let them! It was a great exercise in freedom and independence on our neighborhood streets. It felt wonderful to see the community taking full advantage of the opportunity.
Apparently, with all our riding around, we missed plenty of action, from music and free tune-ups to bike play parks and more. Check out the complete coverage on bikeportland.org.
Zinemama in a comment on another thread mused:
I'd love to hear other folks reactions to the Parkways. It felt a lot shorter than last year and a lot less crowded. It was fun, but for me some of the excitement about last year's event was missing. Maybe we were there at the wrong time of day (earlier in the day)?
Did you walk, bike, or play at last weekend's Sunday Parkways? How was your experience? If you weren't able to make it, there are still two more Sunday Parkways planned: one on July 19th in Northeast Portland and one on August 16th in Southeast Portland. And, please, consider volunteering for Sunday Parkways. The event's success relies on the contribution of many, many volunteers.