The Southwest Portland event kicked off Sunday with a little spiritual ceremony from a group of enthusiasts who have dubbed themselves the “Bike Temple,” which included a scripture-like reading from the city’s Bicycle Plan for 2030, reported the Oregonian.
Hundreds of cyclists rode along the 7.8-mile route through the Hillsdale and Multnomah Village business districts and in the area bordering Gabriel and George Himes parks, the newspaper reported. The city’s bicycle program, which started in 2008, includes goals such as boosting the economic opportunities for local businesses, reducing the dependency on cars, and getting residents to exercise.
The city shut down most of the course to cars for around five hours to allow cyclists and pedestrians to roam unencumbered, the newspaper reported. The event also included vendors, live music, free bike repair, and games. Residents who missed out on the action will have other chances. Another Sunday Parkways is set for Aug. 26 in Southeast Portland, followed by one Sept. 30 in East Portland.
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