See And Be Seen

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Poster - See and Be Seen
“Light up the Night / See and Be Seen” safety campaign will continue to highlight the importance of night time safety habits while driving, walking, biking and riding the bus in our community. 

Events   Resources  

January 2015
Residents Guide to Bike and Pedestrian Safety Programs 1/21/15
2007-2013 Bend Crash Map 


We are seeking partnering agencies and businesses that can help us spread the word and change night time walking and biking culture in Bend. A partner can display the See and Be Seen Poster or Coaster and/or staff the events. For additional information on safety programs and resources in the Bend area, please contact Jovi Anderson, Bend Metropolitan Planning Organization at or (541) 693-2122

Deschutes County suffered 12 pedestrian fatalities in the past 6 years (2007-2013 Source ODOT) of which 83 percent occurred in low light conditions. Of the 103 pedestrian injuries, 34 of these injuries occurred in low light conditions on our roadways.

Deschutes County suffered one bike fatality in low light conditions and 5 fatalities during daylight hours. 9% of all bicycle crashes occurred in low light conditions.
pedsurvivalbyspeed.pngAs drivers, it is important to remember that speed plays a large factor in the survival rate. Slowing down may be the most immediately effective measure for pedestrian safety. When struck by a vehicle going 40 miles an hour, a pedestrian has an 85 percent chance of dying, compared with a 45 percent chance when struck at 30 m.p.h. and only 10 percent at 20 m.p.h. A mere 5 m.p.h. can make a life-or-death difference.

As pedestrians and cyclists, it is important to be seen. Stay visible after dark and in bad weather with light colored or reflective clothing. Be predictable.