NW 15th Street Neighborhood Greenway Project

PBOT greenway sign

The Project Area

NW 15th and Galveston

This is the top of the project area and will extend to NW 15th and Simpson.

NW 15th and Simpson

This is the southern end of the project area.

Pins mark the north and south ends of the project

What is a Neighborhood Greenway?

Neighborhood Greenways 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.


The Latest

Bike the Bridges with us!

The 2019 edition of Bike the Bridges will be held on Sunday, August 18th.  Check-in starts at 4:00pm with the ride kicking off around 4:30pm.  This fun and family-friendly bicycle ride showcases many of the beautiful vistas you get when crossing the Deschutes River as...

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Guest Article: Change is Hard

Editor's Note: This guest article was authored by Tom Gugg. Have an article you'd like to publish about active transportation?  Email us via our Contact Us page. Change is sometimes hard. Like it or not, change is going to keep happening in Bend. Why? Because, in...

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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

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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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To Dos

  1. Make a petition for neighborhood signatures
  2. Create a "NW 15th Street Greenway features" survey
  3. Distribute the survey
  4. Post results - see what you want and where you want it
  5. Create a short-term greenway pilot plan

Project Milestones

(red text denotes current step)

  1. Decide: Project scope and objectives
  2. Decide: Traffic calming and greenway feature preferences
  3. Decide: Strategies for communications
  4. Decide: Stakeholders to engage and at what point
  5. Engage more neighbors and build support
  6. Fundraise
  7. Present to City Council
  8. Implement

Greenway Features

Take the Survey

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