East Portland

First Sunday Parkways of the year gets folks out of the house

First Sunday Parkways of the year gets folks out of the house
Families and groups rode a closed route through East Portland on May 12, 2013 for the annual Sunday Parkways event. Two miles of the route included the Springwater Corridor. Glenwood, Bloomington, Lents, and Ed Benedict Parks featured activities, food, vendors, music, and more. (Kai Hayashi / KATU.com)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Although the weather was a little cool and drizzly on Sunday, that didn't stop folks from taking advantage of some closed streets to spend time out and about in their community.

Sunday Parkways - where the city shuts down a few roads so bicyclists and pedestrians can have a car-free day - kicked off this past weekend in East Portland.

This was the first one of the year and included rides along the Springwater Trail and Lents, Glenwood and Ed Benedict parks.

The Sunday Parkways idea started back in 2008 with the goal of getting people active in their communities and thinking about alternative ways to get around town.

If you're waiting for the event to hit your neighborhood, here are the upcoming dates: