Action Alert! Bend's Transportation Future!

The Transportation System Plan (TSP) Steering Committee will review the first draft of Bend's new TSP at their meeting on Thursday. The TSP will be the guiding document for transportation in Bend over the next 20 years. Any new transportation projects built in the City over the next 20 years, including transit, bike lanes, sidewalks, and road projects will be included in this plan. Learn more here.

In order to grow sustainably, we need a bold TSP that:

  • prioritizes investments in walking, biking, and transit networks;

  • is safe and healthy for Central Oregon’s residents and environment;

  • improves equity by better serving low-income, minority, disabled and other underserved populations;

  • makes affordable transportation investments that are right-sized for our community.

Today the Citizen Transportation Advisory Committee will forward on recommendations for the draft TSP to the decision makers (click here to see their meeting packet and info). The Steering Committee (made up of all seven City Councilors, a Bend Planning Commissioner, a Deschutes County Commissioner, and the ODOT Area Manager) will vote on CTAC's recommended project list and their recommended criteria for prioritizing projects in the TSP. The actual prioritization of projects will occur later this year.

You can see a map of all the projects here.

We are pleased to see many projects and programs to create a safe, sustainable, and equitable transportation system in the draft plan.  These include rapid transit corridors, a city-wide safe bicycle network, a neighborhood sidewalk infill program, and new Parkway crossings to connect Bend’s core area for people on bike and on foot.

TSP Steering Committee Meeting

Thursday, June 20th 1:00pm - 4:00pm
City Council Chambers - 710 NW Wall St. Bend, OR
View the agenda and packet here.

Now is a crucial time to tell the Steering Committee that you support the recommendations of the Citywide Transportation Advisory Committee, and you want a sustainable transportation system in Bend.

Below is a sample message to get you started.

“Dear Steering Committee,
I believe that we need safer streets and a transportation system that is affordable and works for all members of our community.  The recommendations of CTAC are on the right track. I’m excited to see the project list includes transit, biking, and walking improvements.  Please adopt CTAC’s recommendations.”