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Time to lace up your sneakers and rev up your two-wheeler for Bend Open Streets. The event will close streets to motorized vehicles from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on September 18 between NE Olney, NE Sixth, NE Hawthorne and NE First streets.
Lead by Commute Options’ Brian Potwin, the effort is being coordinated with the City of Bend, the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Orchard and Larkspur district neighborhood associations, Bend Bikes, Cascade East Transit, Bend 2030, the Maker’s District and Bend Parks and Recreation District.
The afternoon event is meant to encourage commuting Bendites to consider two-wheeled and pedestrian transportation. The initiative will also provide an avenue through which the city can achieve environmental, social, economic and public-health goals.