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.”
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.
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.)
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!
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,