From Kent: The project was chartered by the Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA) in collaboration with Commute Options. It will be the first on-street bicycle corral in Bend, and is being billed as a pilot project.
The goals were:
1) To promote Bend’s image as a “Bicycle friendly community”
2) To clear the sidewalks for pedestrian access
3) To optimize parking utilization
4) To encourage bicycle commuting
The total price tag for the project is about $3500, about two thirds of which have come from the private sector, and 18 individuals in the cycling community. The remainder of the funding has come from the DBBA and Commute Options. It will be completed at no cost to The City of Bend.
Numerous people from the City, DBBA, Commute Options and local businesses have donated their time, efforts, talents and resources to make this happen. Without their persistence, it may never have come to fruition. Being the first of its kind, here in Bend there were a lot of details to be worked out.
The DBBA bicycle committee is also working on another project to increase the on-sidewalk bicycle parking options. We will install the first 5 racks soon, with the possible addition of another 25 next spring. These were also funded by private individuals in the cycling community.
(photo by Pete Erickson / The Bulletin) “Bend artist Andrew Wachs, 42, puts the finishing torque on a new bike corral on Northwest Minnesota Avenue in downtown Bend on Wednesday. It’s the first on-street corral in Bend, and could lead the way for more if proven successful.”