There are few feelings like biking down a car-free street, surrounded only by a mob of other cyclists and the occasional walker or skateboarder. That feeling is what Portland's free Sunday Parkways rides are all about, and this year's lineup of five easy-going rides will offer it up on a brand new route through Sellwood and Milwaukie.
Sunday Parkways rides get rolling May 15 in East Portland, closing out Oct. 2 with the new Sellwood/Milwaukie route. The loop routes travel about eight miles through different Portland neighborhoods and past parks, where everything from Zumba classes to bike obstacle courses await next to ice cream trucks and bike repair stations.
This year's new route replaces one that last year traveled north through Sellwood to then just-opened Tilikum Crossing. Much in that style, the Sellwood/Milwaukie route will pass over the new Sellwood Bridge, which is set to open March 1.
BRIDGE OPENING EVENTS
Join us at two free events later this month that will mark major project milestones. On Saturday, February 27 from noon to 4 pm, a community celebration will be held to dedicate the new bridge. On Thursday, February 25 from 7:30 – 8:30 pm, a farewell candlelight walk will cross the old bridge one last time before it closes forever. The bridge will be closed to motor vehicles during the walk. For event details, visit the project website.Read More
New Sellwood Bridge is more than concrete and steel, it's a triumph of citizen and contractor cooperation
The first thing you’ll notice about the new Sellwood Bridge — either at the party for pedestrians on Saturday, Feb. 27, or when it opens to all traffic on Tuesday, March 1 — is how wide it is.
Gloriously wide, with good views of the water. The rickety erector set of the old bridge is still visible, for now, with its ankle-scraping three-foot sidewalk and its game of chicken roadway.
- The new bridge is scheduled to open to traffic on Tuesday, March 1 by 6 am. The detour bridge will close to all traffic (motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians) for four days beginning Thursday, February 25 at 7 pm. The closure will allow the contractor to dismantle the jump span between the bridges and set up the next traffic stage.
- The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is sometimes closed north of the bridge between 7 am and 4 pm on weekdays.