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‘Sundays on the Boulevard’ Starts This Sunday!
‘Sundays on the Boulevard’ Starts This Sunday!

PORTLAND, Maine -- Don’t forget, Sundays on the Boulevard starts this Sunday, May 4, 2014! Baxter Boulevard, with one of the best views in Portland, will be transformed into an urban oasis for bike riding, running, walking, skateboarding and other recreational activities. The road will be closed to cars on Sundays from May 4 through November 9, 9:00 AM – 4:00PM, from Vannah Avenue to Payson Park.

To kick off the first Sunday, city officials, including several city councilors and city manager Mark Rees, will join Portland Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee for a 6.5 mile bike tour of the city to review bike infrastructure that has been incorporated over the last few years. The group will start at City Hall at 9:00AM and arrive by 11:00AM at Baxter Boulevard.

The impetus for Sundays on the Boulevard follows the City’s public works project last year that kept the Boulevard closed to cars for eight months. The program is part of a growing number of open street projects, in which streets are closed temporarily to auto traffic so that people may use them for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing and socializing. There are more than 100 documented initiatives across North America, according to the Open Streets Project.

This program complements the City’s recently adopted Complete Streets policy, which aims to make streets more bike and pedestrian friendly. When Public Services undertakes redesigns of new roadways, pedestrians and cyclists are incorporated into the planning process.

In addition to the City, the effort is sponsored by the Back Cove Neighborhood Association, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, the Portland Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Healthy Portland, and Portland Trails.

For more information, residents can call 207.874.8801 or visit www.boulevardsundays.com.

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