Streetfilms: Portland’s Sunday Parkways

Streetfilms brings us video of Portland’s first Ciclovia.  I’m sure they’ll cover LA’s first one too, in 2184.

Clarence Eckerson Jr. reports:

Despite a very dreary and damp first half of the day, Portland’s first Ciclovia-style street closure, Sunday Parkways,
was a smashing success with countless thousands of city residents
participating. 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.

 

  • I actually got a tear in my eye watching this film.

    This MUST happen in L.A.

    Each council district should hold an event like within its borders. How much could it possibly cost?

  • Joe Linton

    It could possibly cost a pretty penny – especially if a city were to charge for the traffic diversion planning, etc. The analogy would be ArroyoFest… which cost something like $30-40K (insurance, etc.).

    Nonetheless, I think it’s a great idea and very doable in LA… and a lot cheaper than a mile’s worth of bike path. My guess is that it probably would need some sort of sponsors… like Target sponsoring all those first friday kinds of events at museums.

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