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I am writing this post for my son, because he is a bike enthusiast.  As I participated in this event, I thought of him and missed him, and wished that he were riding alongside me.

Young and old alike gathered in my gorgeous neighborhood today, and I was out there with them on my own bike for a couple of hours.  I thought to myself, “Self….You can do your work much better if you clear your head with a good bike ride.”  Myself was right!   I love to ride my bike in Portland.   We have more bike commuters here than in any other city in the United States, so it is a bike friendly environment.

Each 3rd Sunday for four months, our neighborhood and the extended area, blocks off the streets for an event called, “Portland Sunday Parkways.”  

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This is an event sponsored by Kieser-Permanente  that promotes healthy active living through a series of free events opening Portland’s largest public space – its streets – to walk, bike, roll, and discover active transportation while fostering civic pride, stimulating economic development.

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The event  represents the community, business, and government investments in Portland’s vitality, livability, and diversity….and this city is definitely that.  It is vital, beautifully livable and diverse.  (and yes, I am well aware that these pictures only show white people in them….sigh….the city really IS diverse.)

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Some of the bikes had speakers hooked up to them, so the hood was alive with mellow music, too.

Ah, so nice to be a part of all this!

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So, it was an afternoon of good, clean fun.  I was by myself, but surrounded by happy people, and met some very nice folks to chat with along the way.  There will be one more of these events this year.  I hope to see you there!

Portland, I love you, darlin’!  xoxoxo

Hugz and kisses,

Stacy