Residents of Portland’s most kid-heavy quadrant turned out by the thousands on Sunday for what’s become an East Portland Mother’s Day tradition: the first Sunday Parkways open-streets festival of the year.
It’s the first of five monthly events in the Kaiser Permanente-sponsored, city-organized series, and lots of familiar faces were around. Among many others, I ran into Mayor Charlie Hales:
East Portland bike advocate Jim Chasse:
The Bicycle Transportation Alliance had a booth that invited people put name tags on their bikes:
The more Portland-focused advocacy group BikeLoudPDX had a booth too:
There, BikeLoud volunteer Gerald Fittipaldi was gathering signatures for BikeLoud’s postcard campaigns in support of traffic diverters on Clinton Street and Rodney Avenue:
And Terry Dublinski-Milton was showing off a thick binder of BikeLoud’s recommendations for various city plans and projects:
“It’s hard to be loud if people don’t know who you are,” said BikeLoud volunteer Jessica Engelman, who is leading a visioning ride down Clinton Street next Sunday. “We need to do more of this.”
Outside Earl Boyles School, the Portland Recorder Society showed off its members’ impressive collection of simple woodwinds:
All in all, it was a perfect morning to be out on the streets having fun, and everybody who made it out to the event seemed to be doing so.
Well, almost everybody.
The season continues with North Portland Sunday Parkways on June 21. See you there.
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