Neighborhood Greenways

This page is meant to serve as a clearinghouse of the latest goings-on in the City of Bend's multi-year plan to implement a connected network of greenways. They will serve as an importance piece in achieving the overall goal of safe active transportation options for a wide range of ages and abilities. We plan to continue to champion their widespread implementation.

Scroll down to learn more about the latest greenways news in Bend as well as learn about some of the traffic calming roadway elements which can be be used to make a street into a greenway.

What is a Neighborhood Greenway?

They are residential streets with low volumes of auto traffic and low speeds where bicycles and pedestrians are given priority.

Watch the video below for an overview of the work we've been doing to implement them in Bend.

 

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NW Milwaukee Neighborhood Greenway Saved

NW Milwaukee Neighborhood Greenway Saved

Marshall Greene speaking to City Council in support of keeping the Neighborhood Greenway on Milwaukee.Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who submitted an email in support of restoring the planned NW Milwaukee Neighborhood Greenway. The community spoke out and our...

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Save the Milwaukee Greenway

Save the Milwaukee Greenway

Riding on NW Milwaukee in BendDo You Agree with the Reroute? Our roads are public property and maintained by our local and state government entities so all people can use and benefit from them. That doesn't seem to be what some in the community believe. Bend Bikes...

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More Good News For Greenways

Last month the City considered several transportation funding options and chose a “Blended Approach” (Option 3) to recommend to City Council.  If adopted, this would allocate as much as $1 million for Greenway implementation over the next 5 years. Last week, the City...

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NW 15th Street Greenway launch event

Last Sunday evening, about 20-25 neighbors joined Lucas Freeman and Aron Yarmo, of Bend Bikes, to discuss how to calm traffic on NW 15th Street and create a Greenway which will make NW 15th safer and more pleasant to walk, bike and drive on.  A huge thank you goes out...

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Traffic Calming

Greenway Features

Mini Roundabout

  • Reduces approach speeds at intersections
  • Reduces driving sightlines / sense of thoroughfare
  • More continuous flow for cyclists
  • Low maintenance costs

Chicanes

  • Create lateral deflections in the roadway causing drivers to reduce speed
  • Reduces speeds without limiting access
  • Provides opportunity for landscaping
  • Can impact parking

Barrier

  • Help control traffic volumes
  • Deters "cut-through" traffic
  • Can cause access issues for locals

Speed Humps/Speed Tables

  • Big brothers of speed bumps
  • Reduce auto speeds and volumes
  • The City's first responders warming up to use of speed humps

Curb Extension

  • Increases visibility of pedestrians
  • Shortens crossing distance of street
  • Visually narrows the streetscape
  • May not be feasible without sidewalks

Green Colored Paint

  • Increases awareness of bike traffic
  • Increases predictability of path of travel
  • Inexpensive but subject to wear and snow cover
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