Which came first: the biker or the bike lane? That is the question that the city of Bend is trying to answer as it plans for multiple large transportation projects primarily focused within the city center. Bend was named a 2013 Silver Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists and is aiming to increase the number of riders as well as pedestrians with the Bend Bike Walk program. The City is taking a data-driven approach with input from a civilian committee, technical advisers, and online and public forums as it prepares to start finding possible funding options. There is concern, however, that without the construction of safe and attractive options, like bike corridors, it is less likely that new bikers and walkers will be created.
- Robin Lewis: City transportation engineer
- Lucas Freeman: Editor and Publisher of local biker blog, Bike Around Bend and a member of the civilian committee tasked with advising the city