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COUTESY: PORTLAND BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION  - PBOT has announced five Sunday Parkways this year, including a new one between Sellwood and Milwaukie over the new Sellwood Bridge. Get out your flair and start tuning up your favorite bike — the Portland Bureau of Transportation has announced the 2016 lineup of Sunday Parkways events.

The five free, traffic-free routes through Portland's neighborhoods include events in East Portland, North, Northeast, Southeast, and a new route in Southeast linking Portland and Milwaukie, crossing the new Sellwood Bridge.

Visibly absent, for the second year in a row, is a route on the west side of the river, where PBOT officials say the infrastructure is not quite ready to safely host thousands of riders of all comfort levels.

Still, PBOT and presenting sponsor Kaiser Permenente encourage community members check out at least one of the events, which run May 15 through October 2.

People are welcome to walk, bike, scoot or use any other form of active transportation.

“Sunday Parkways is a great celebration of Portland,” said Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees PBOT. “It connects our neighborhoods and inspires people to try biking and walking for fun, health and transportation. After trying Sunday Parkways, Portlanders often add biking and walking to their daily lives.”

Total attendance in 2015 set a record 119,000.

“Sunday Parkways is a unique event for folks to discover and explore a neighborhood in the more intimate way that walking and biking allows,” Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba said. "Milwaukie is excited to welcome people from across the metro region to come explore our cool little city and some of what it has to offer."

Organizers emphasize the ways people can create the Sunday Parkways experience every day.

All five Sunday Parkways routes showcase low-traffic streets called neighborhood greenways as well as city parks ideal for bicycling and walking.

The Sellwood/Milwaukie route in October will introduce participants to the expanded biking and walking paths on the new Sellwood Bridge, demonstrating how to safely, easily and conveniently use the route.

"Portland loves Sunday Parkways and we’re sure Milwaukie will too," PBOT Director Leah Treat said. "With the help of longtime presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente, our community comes together to embrace our streets as livable space that everyone can enjoy."

Each Parkways event includes activities, music and vendors at the neighborhood parks.

Here's the lineup for Sunday Parkways 2016:

• May 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (7 miles), East Portland

• June 26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (9.5 miles), North Portland

• July 24, 11a.m. to 4 p.m. (8 miles), Northeast Portland

• Aug. 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (7 miles), Southeast Portland

• Oct. 2, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (8 miles), Sellwood/Milwaukie

Interested venors or volunteers should contact PBOT at 503-823-7599 or visit PortlandSundayParkways.org.

Returning sponsors of the event inlude Kaiser Permanente, Portland Parks & Recreation, Metro, Clif Kid, Bike Gallery, Whole Foods, NW Natural, Lam Research, Umpqua Bank, and AARP of Oregon.

New partners include the city of Milwaukie Farmers Market and IKEA. PBOT and other City funds cover a third of the program costs, and two-thirds of funding comes from sponsors, vendors and individual supporters.

For more information, including route maps, visit PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599.


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