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Name: Bend Open Streets
Date: September 17, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM PDT
Event Description:
Back for a second year by popular demand! Bend Open Streets is coming soon to a neighborhood near you! Bend Open Streets will temporarily close streets to automobile traffic, so that people may use them for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing and shopping locally. Bring your bicycle or just your feet, and get ready to explore your community streets in a safe, healthy, livable way.
 
Open Streets are part of a broader effort by the City of Bend  to encourage sustained physical activity, increase community engagement, build support for broader transportation choices and promote a vibrant local economy. The goal is to connect the community and allow residents to fully use our streets in a fun, active environment—without cars. It will build awareness of sustainable transportation options and increases neighborhood livability and connectivity.
 
Not to be confused with a block party, street fair or one of the many local festivals, Bend Open Streets will be unique in several ways. There is no beer garden, large music venue or booths for selling goods. It will be dog friendly, so you can bring your four-legged family member. Perhaps the best part? It will be totally free for everyone.
 
Date: Sunday, September 17, 2017
Time: Noon – 4pm
Location: Bends Central District. The borders of the Bend Open Streets will be NE Olney Ave, NE 6th Street, NE Hawthorne Ave, and NE 1st Street.
Who Can Participate: Everyone!
 
Open Streets is a worldwide success story. It is inspired by Bogota, Columbias world famous ciclovia”, where every Sunday and public holiday from 7am to 2pm, certain streets are closed to cars for walkers, runners, and cyclists. Currently, 160 towns and cities of all shapes and sizes in the U.S. have Open Streets, from Cape Town South Africa, Toronto to Los Angeles, California.
 
Brian Potwin, Education Coordinator for Commute Options is the lead planner for the initiative. Imagine the citys largest park, where people can hang out, run, bike, skate, dance, walk their dog and discover their city. This is what we envision for Bend Open Streets. We are working closely with the City of Bend and garnering tremendous community support from organizations that have similar goals to get people physically active, increase community health, promote public spaces and create a vibrant local economy.
 
Commute Options is also collaborating with PacificSource, St. Charles Medical, Oregon
Department of Transportation, the Orchard District Neighborhood Association, the Larkspur District Neighborhood Association, Bend Bikes, Cascade East Transit, FootZone, Precise Flight, Video Works, Bends Makers District and Bend Park & Recreation District.
 
Join us for Bend Open Streets this Sunday, September 17, 2017.
Location:
Bends Central District. The borders of the Bend Open Streets will be NE Olney Ave, NE 6th Street, NE Hawthorne Ave, and NE 1st Street.
Date/Time Information:
Date: Sunday, September 17, 2017
Time: Noon – 4pm
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