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

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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Blink Your Eyes Twice for Change

It wasn't so long ago, the town of Utrecht in The Netherlands was like many you might find here in the United States. It's city center was dominated by infrastructure aimed at facilitating car travel. Whatever it took to get more cars moving faster, they did it....

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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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Take Action: CTAC Needs to Hear from You

Urgent Call to Action The Citizen Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) is helping to develop Bend’s new Transportation System Plan (TSP) and will make a recommendation to City Council for adoption. There are so many needs in our transportation system that CTAC has...

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Are We Safer After Passage of HB2682?

Governor Kate Brown recently signed into law Oregon House Bill 2682 which extends a bicycle lane through an intersection IF a bicycle lane is marked on the opposite side of an intersection in same direction of travel.  The caveat (after the IF) to the original bill...

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Help Us Spread Our Message

The Bend Bikes Marketing team is in need of two or three volunteers to assist with marketing for our community cycling events and advocacy efforts. As a member of the Marketing Team, you'll collaborate with other volunteers and work with the Board of Directors to...

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Seeking Directors for our Board

Bend Bikes Board of Directors (left to right): Aron Yarmo, Lucas Freeman, Ariel Mendez, LeeAnn O'Neill, Kristen Durance, Colleen Miller, Scott Reich, Morgan Crowell, Eric Power, Kirk Stock Do you love to ride your bicycle to work or for errands? Do you wish there were...

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Family Ride at the Sul Fiume Cycling Fest

This June 1st, the organizers of the Cascade Cycling Classic will present the Sul Fiume Cycling Crit and Cycling Festival celebrating many-things-bicycle.  It's got a little bit of everything: group rides for big kids, a strider bike adventure course for littles, a...

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Street Maintenance across Bend in 2019

Each year, the City of Bend's Street Maintenance team gets to work with roadway maintenance before wear and tear gets too severe as to require a wholesale rebuild on a section of street. Here's an excerpt from the press release from the Streets Department referencing...

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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


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


  • 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