Diversify Bend’s Transportation Future
Transportation is one of the most important issues facing the Bend community. An environmentally sustainable transportation system that supports vibrant neighborhoods that are conveniently served by transit, sidewalks, and bicycle infrastructure can promote healthy lifestyles, provide transportation options for all of Bend’s residents, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The City of Bend is currently updating its Transportation System Plan (TSP), which will be the guiding policy, program, and infrastructure investment document for transportation in Bend until 2040. Any new transportation projects, including those focused on transit, bike lanes, sidewalks, and roads, must be included in this plan.
The decisions made between now and the TSP’s adoption will determine whether Bend’s policies, programs and investments support a healthy, safe, and climate-friendly city or an automobile-centric city with few multi-modal options for residents. While automobiles are an important part of our transportation infrastructure, they are one of the biggest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions. A balanced transportation system is key to achieving Bend’s greenhouse gas reduction goals and will support an economically vibrant community that protects public health and the environment, and reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions and ensure that all residents can get where they need to go.
COCN’s Diversify Bend’s Transportation Future campaign supports a transportation system plan for Bend that:
- is safe and healthy for Central Oregon’s residents and environment;
- makes investments in historically underfunded walking, biking, and transit networks;
- and improves equity by better serving low-income, minority, disabled and other underserved populations.
We can protect our surrounding ecosystems and natural beauty by advocating for an environmentally
sustainable transportation system.
Mike Riley, The Environmental Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-385-6908, envirocenter.org
Rory Isbell, Central Oregon LandWatch, email@example.com, 541-647-2930, centraloregonlandwatch.org
Alexis Biddle, 1000 Friends of Oregon, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-497-1000 ext. 8, friends.org