Sunday Parkways

Now that summer is here, it’s time to start getting out and walking these fine Portland streets. I hopped on the Yellow Line to go check out the big Sunday Parkways shindig up in North Portland. I gotta say, it was awesome. The idea is to remind everyone just how walkable and bikeable Portland is by largely shutting down a section of it to vehicular traffic, and allow people to walk and cycle around without cars.

In order to fuel myself for the walk, I enjoyed some extra hot and spicy peanut wings at the Interstate location of Fire on the Mountain. Once my insides were properly spiced and greased, it was time to hustle. I walked a fairly large swath of NoPo streets, just enjoying seeing so many people out and about. At first I had on earbuds, listening to my Sirius Stiletto (an awesome little gadget). I took them off for a moment and noticed something odd. The sound of no traffic. It was quite strange, walking down North Portland streets and not hearing the familiar “whoosh…whoosh…” of passing cars. I decided to keep the earbuds off.

It really was a great time. People (and their canine companions) of all types were out on their bikes and feet. It’s something I’d really like Portland to do more often. Maybe in SE next time?

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