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Inner Southeast loses Sunday Parkways, but finds the reason they ever had them slightly affronting

DAVID F. ASHTON - The Sellwood Sunday Parkways day in 2017 was packed with participants along Sellwood Park, but wont be returning to the area in the near future. With fanfare, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) announced the schedule for the 2018 "Sunday Parkways".

Now in its eleventh season, "Sunday Parkways" will include five traffic-free events, highlighting five different Portland neighborhoods – but with none in Inner Southeast Portland this year.

Instead of bicyclists rolling and pedestrians strolling the streets of the Sellwood, Westmoreland, and Reed neighborhoods, the popular Sunday Parkways is adopting a new route in Portland's Central City along the an area bounded by the new Tilikum Crossing Transit Bridge and the Broadway Bridge.

"Sunday Parkways was in the Sellwood area for two years, as a part of a partnership we had with the City of Milwaukie; they were interested in doing their own Sunday Parkways, but wanted to learn from us," explained PBOT Public Information Officer Dylan Rivera about the change.

"These were tremendously successful events and we had a chance to show people the new 17th Avenue connection between our two cities, plus highlighting the new MAX Orange Line and Tilikum Crossing bridge as well," Rivera told THE BEE.

By substituting the new Sunday Parkways route, PBOT and its partners are promoting the "Green Loop", recently adopted by City Council, and is part of their "Central City in Motion", he said.

"We would love to have more events, but we just don't have the 'bandwidth' or the financial support for them," Rivera concluded.

For those interested in participating in one of the other Sunday Parkways, go online – www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/58929

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