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Columbia Park Speed Hump

This project will design and construct an initial network of neighborhood greenways for walking and biking across Bend.


Neighborhood greenway is a term used by many cities across the country to describe a local street that serves as a more comfortable and safe route for walking and biking than nearby busier streets. Proposed improvements include signs, pavement markings, and traffic calming (such as speed humps) to slow and discourage cut through traffic. These streets will still be open to auto traffic with access to homes and businesses unaffected. People walking, biking, and driving will continue to share the street as is the case today.


Project Goals

  • Provide safer connections – Many people are already walking and biking along these streets and even more may feel more comfortable with the addition of a small amount of signs, pavement markings, and traffic calming
  • Reduce cut through traffic and speeds – Traffic calming will help make the streets less attractive to drivers trying to avoid other nearby main streets. However, these streets will not be closed to auto traffic.
  • Help people cross busier streets – Improved crossings at main streets will help people walking and biking cross more easily.
  • Guide and help get people to where they are going – Pavement markings and future signs will let you know you are on the route and what’s nearby like parks, schools, and business districts.

Proposed Improvements

Examples of proposed improvements (will vary by corridor)

Pavement markings

Speed humpSigns  Neighborhood greenways

PROJECT AREA

The corridors shown in the map below will be constructed in segments and with multiple opportunities for public input during the design process.

Neighbor Greenways Corridors Map

PHASE 1 CORRIDORS

Currently the City is designing improvements to the following streets for construction in the fall of 2018:

  • NE 6th Street between Butler Market and Greenwood
  • NW 15th Street between Simpson and Galveston

 

PROJECT UPDATE - APRIL 2018

You spoke, we listened!

  • From the feedback gathered at open houses in March 2018 and subsequent comments received from the public, City staff has reviewed and made several changes to the design.

    Changes to NE 6th Street design since open house:

    • Five additional speed humps (10 now versus 5 previously) with shorter spacing between them to achieve consistent lower traffic speeds
    • Design of speed hump modified with fire department input to be more effective in achieving slower speeds versus previous ones installed in Bend
    • Additional shared lane markings (AKA sharrows)
    • Examples of proposed in-road crosswalk signs added for crossings at NE Olney and NE Revere Avenues.
    • Proposed traffic circle added at NE 6th Street & NE Norton Avenue. This increases safety for:
      • Students walking to school and others using the sidewalk on NE Norton Avenue
      • Drivers approaching this intersection by slowing down all movements

        Subject to final study and confirmation.

    • Existing stop signs at NE 6th Street & NE Seward Avenue flipped to side street and proposed traffic circle added. This reduces need for people biking to stop while still keeping traffic on 6th Street slow and alert. Subject to final study and confirmation.
    • While not shown yet, the City is still determining if detection can be added for people biking to get a green at the Butler Market & Boyd Acres traffic signal more easily.

     

    NE 6th Street Updated Design - April 2018



  • Changes to NW/SW 15th Street design since open house:

    • Three additional speed humps (8 now versus 5 previously) with shorter spacing between them to achieve consistent lower traffic speeds
    • Design of speed hump modified with fire department input to be more effective in achieving slower speeds versus previous ones installed in Bend
    • Additional shared lane markings (AKA sharrows)
    • Existing stop signs at SW 15th Street & SW Knoll Avenue flipped to the side street and additional speed humps added closer to intersection. This reduces need for people biking to stop while still keeping traffic on 15th Street slow and alert. Subject to final study and confirmation.
    • While not shown yet, the City is still determining if minor changes can also be made to NW 16th Street to reduce cut through traffic on this road also.

 

NW 15th Street Updated Design - April 2018

 

 

 


                                        Information from Neighborhood Greenway Design Open House - March 2018

 

  • NE 6th Street Neighborhood Greenway Design Open House was held on Tuesday March 20, 2018 at Marshall High School.

 Meeting Handouts:

 


  • NW 15th Street Neighborhood Greenway Design Open House was held on Thursday March 22, 2018 at Oregon State University Cascades Campus.

Meeting Handouts:

 

 

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Example of pavement markings Credit: City of Seattle

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