Please help improve bicycling in Bend – take the community survey
Posted on: Sep 16, 2021~
Last updated: Sep 16, 2021
Summary from Transportation Mobility Department:
To help us gain a better understanding of local residents’ bike riding experiences in our community as we travel along this path towards a truly multimodal transportation system, we would greatly appreciate your help by taking a public survey hosted for the City of Bend by the League of American Bicyclists. The City has applied to continue to be a Bicycle Friendly Community with the League. Please take the survey to help the League evaluate Bend’s progress. Please forward this to your friends, family and colleagues so we can gather community input on how we are doing so far, and where we need to keep working.
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We are blessed in the City of Bend to have great urban trails, canal access roads, and shared use paths along some of our busy streets. In 2019 we worked with our community to create a road map for how to connect these awesome facilities into one easy-to-use network. The plan emphasizes connectivity and closing gaps.
Our community plan takes advantage of the good stuff we already have.
Shared use paths, buffered bikeways, and protected bikeways – some examples are shared use paths along Skyliners Road, Century Drive, Colorado Avenue, Brookswood, Empire Avenue, and Murphy Road;
Over- and under-passes to eliminate the need to cross busy streets;
Crosswalk safety islands to make it easier to get across busy streets;
Urban trails such as the Deschutes River, Larkspur, West Bend, Discovery Park, and Coyner Trails;
Irrigation Canal Accessways like the Central Oregon Historic Canal Trail;
Neighborhood greenways that install traffic calming on local, residential streets to help make it easier and safer to get around town on streets with less traffic; and of course,
Bike lanes! The City has bike lanes on most busy streets, and is working to make those more comfortable for more people by widening them and adding buffers during overlay projects whenever we have the width.
When the plan is complete, low-stress bikeways will connect people within ¼ mile of their homes to schools, parks, services, and jobs. The community enthusiastically elected to fund the General Obligation Bond, which has several key routes funded. One of the first corridors funded from the plan will be the reconstruction of the Wilson Avenue corridor to include capacity enhancements at intersections as well as protected bike lanes and a shared use path.