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6 feet distance, social distance outside

The City of Bend is creating pop-up Stay Healthy Streets (Neighborhood Greenways) to increase ways to safely get outdoors for exercise and recreation.

STREET ROUTES MAP WHEN WHY HOW SAFE DRIVING     

We're working to enhance the community’s ability to comply with statewide physical contact prohibitions and physical distancing requirements.

Governor's Order 20-12 Item 1, d: Individuals may go outside for recreational activities (walking, hiking, etc.) but must have no physical contact with other people and must maintain physical separation of 6 feet or more between people.

The City of Bend is implementing temporary restrictions to through-traffic on these pop-up Neighborhood Greenway routes to facilitate typical neighborhood greenway functions for a slow-speed, low-traffic shared roadway environment. These pop-up neighborhood greenway streets will have temporary restrictions of through-traffic and are located on neighborhood greenway routes that are either already constructed, were planned for construction later this summer/fall, or are on the city’s planned network of neighborhood greenways.

This pop up method allows rapid deployment of several of the City’s Stay Healthy Streets Neighborhood Greenway routes. The deployment will be supported with a map of the routes, some temporary “Road Closed to Through Traffic” signs, and the use of traffic cones to create temporary traffic calming. The goal of this effort is to increase physical distancing by increasing available recreational routes and access to trails and parks within the community.

The existing Neighborhood Greenways on NE 6th and NW 15th Streets support safe physical activity. By extending the reach of those existing routes through strategic extensions, the city can create more space for physical distancing. The expanded network of neighborhood greenways will be supported by limiting these routes to local traffic only so that people can more comfortably walk, jog and bike.

Deploying 6 miles of neighborhood greenways with temporary controls sooner than planned, rapidly connects people to more than 22 miles of trails, 13 parks and additional natural areas while also making it easier to maintain 6 feet minimum physical distance to other people:

  • NW 15th St Neighborhood Greenway
  • NE 6th Street Neighborhood Greenway
  • Pop up neighborhood greenway routes on Roosevelt, Centennial, and Hartford.

The City will discourage drivers from using these pop-up neighborhood greenways when there are other routes they can use to access their final destination. The City asks all drivers to drive slowly and safely and expect people walking and biking along all streets. St. Charles Medical Center has limited capacity.


STAY HEALTHY STREET ROUTES MAP:

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Pop-Up Stay Healthy Street Routes
Low-Volume, Low-Speed Connector Streets
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FAQ

WHEN

The City of Bend will begin constructing temporary controls on April 21st 2020. Later this summer construction will begin on several of these neighborhood greenway routes (Milwaukee, Cumberland, Roosevelt and Centennial), as well as Delaware and Division near Crux Fermentation Project.


WHY

Opportunities for outdoor recreation and fitness have been reduced by closures of Deschutes National Forest trails, local state parks, and all school grounds (including tracks, ball fields, and playgrounds). This is causing concentration of people on remaining trails and fields which risks physical contact and close proximity. Our community is also spending time near home walking and bicycling on their streets.

The City of Bend planned a network of neighborhood greenways with the community as part of the Transportation System Plan. The City can select several segments of the planned neighborhood greenway network to create opportunities for outdoor recreation, fitness by creating routes that can support our ability to maintain 6 to 10 feet separation. Segments that extend the length of trails can increase distance between people.

The City can strategically use streets to increase access to trails and parks. We seek to reduce barriers to opportunities for physical activity and ensure safe transportation for everyone.

Vehicle trips are down.  Vehicle speeds are up. As a result of health orders, the city and region have experienced a dramatic decrease in vehicle trips. Simultaneously, community members are encouraged to maintain physical activity for associated mental and physical health benefits during this stressful time. Reduced vehicle traffic creates an opportunity for increased walking, jogging and biking in compliance with social distancing protocols and makes much more of the community accessible to routes that are low stress. Reduced vehicle traffic has also resulted in speeding on neighborhood streets, the same places where more people are walking, jogging and biking.

People are using streets as shared public spaces. With COVID-19, more people are out on their neighborhood streets than ever before. More families have time to be together and are not hustling off to school, work, after-school activities and day-care. People are feeling much more comfortable walking, biking and jogging on their neighborhood streets.

Physical activity needs to occur in our own neighborhoods and on public streets – everyone has access to public streets, and our streets and sidewalks have become places where people get their daily activity. As the temperatures increase we are outside more than ever.


HOW

The City Manager, as the Road Authority is restricting traffic on these streets to "Local Traffic Only" and will post signs on some, but not all, of these streets (signage will be limited as much of the city’s signing and barricade inventory is being utilized to support COVID-19 testing and other construction projects). Not all intersections or accesses will receive City-led signage; signage will be prioritized for routes with higher through traffic.

The City Manager is restricting the use of these streets to "Local Traffic Only". Through traffic is restricted on these streets. These streets remain open to local traffic and all emergency vehicles.

City of Bend provides signage/barricades at some locations such as intersections with arterial streets to provide notice to drivers that these streets are for "Local Traffic Only".

Post signs that promote physically distant physical activity. Residents will be encouraged to safely distance themselves from neighbors when walking, jogging and biking along these streets. Always maintain at least 6 feet of space from others.

The City of Bend is working with the Bend Park and Recreation District to promote safe outdoor recreation. Commute Options and Bend Bikes is helping with these efforts as well.

Measure the impact and modify efforts over the course of the program to continue to maintain safety.

The City’s pop-up Stay Healthy Streets (Neighborhood Greenways) network are open to emergency vehicles, local traffic, area residents and transit services.


SAFE DRIVING

Drivers should avoid these streets unless it is necessary to access your home, business, or under an emergency. Please review the map and locate any routes near your home. If you live on a route or plan to walk or bike along a route, see the ways you can help amplify the City’s message.

Drivers should drive slowly on these streets and comply with posted speed signs and expect to encounter people walking and biking in the right-of-ways. All streets may have more people walking and biking on them.

Residents must obey physical distancing requirements at all times and keep at least 6 feet distance. Reminder: these streets are for jogging, walking, family and individual biking, not for playing outside of individual households. Maintain at least 6 feet distance from others outside your immediate household.

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