Map: Bend Oregon

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Travel and Road Conditions

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Modes of Transportation

Driving

Still the thing to do. From the laziest fatasses to the most hypocritical gym nuts, Bend remains a car town. It can have heavy traffic for its size at times – sitting on the only commercial artery in the region, hosting major events all through the year, several train crossings, and plenty of ritual treadmill commuters that hit the roads en masse twice a day (cue a plug for Commute Options here). That said, traffic is completely dead all night and scattered daylight hours. You’ve seen worse elsewhere, even the longest cross-town treks can take a mere 10 minutes.

Infrastructure is good, but many major intersections are currently at (or beyond) designed capacity, including many arteries. Road surface maintenance is constant, and for many roads yearly – a struggle for city, county and state crews, battling heavy traffic and constant freeze/thaw cycles. And yes, studded tires are the badges of certified dumb assholes, no exceptions.

Walking

Bend could be a perfectly walk-able town…but large gaps and some busy roads remain dangerous and unfriendly to pedestrians and cyclists. Downtown and some niche neighborhoods are excellent, but Bend scores low nationally on walkability. The city adds usable sidewalks at glacial speeds and we lack a real community grassroots effort to improve sidewalks (beyond any ongoing ADA jackassery the city already stumbled into). Overall, you should feel safe walking and can get practically anywhere,  just be smart by assuming all car drivers are distracted idiots who don’t see you.

When it snows, even a bit – sidewalks typically become unusable. Even busy roads like 3rd Street promptly become buried by plows – feet of filthy muck. Combining this with sporadic negligence at the household and business level (and unenforced/ineffective ordinances) makes walking safely nearly impossible when there’s much snow on the ground.

Beyond roads, Bend is surrounded and laced with decent trails, including the Deschutes River Trail and others managed by Parks and Rec. Most of these trails will get you up and down the river beautifully, but not much else for cross-town.

Cycling

A superb option for getting around. Aside from some hills (pilot butte and its little sneaky friends) the town is flat enough for easy commuting anywhere.  This is a great mode of transportation, but not every road has a good shoulder or safe bike lane. Make sure to obey traffic signs, assume drivers don’t see you, and Lock your bike up, as there are sticky fingers and crumbled morals among us.

Mass Transit

Cascades East Transit (formerly BAT) – They’re doing good, but presently underwhelming and a thoroughly subsidized public transit system. Hawthorne Station is home base, with service around Bend and regional inter-city shuttle routes with Redmond, Madras, Culver, Metolius, Sisters, Bachelor, La Pine and Prineville. Normal single fares are as low as $1.50, passes are very affordable.

 

Central Oregon Breeze – Daily buses between Bend and Portland (Gresham, PDX, Union Station, flagged stops).

High Desert Point – Shuttle bus, connects Greyhound/Amtrak between Redmond-Chemult

The Eastern Point connects to Burns/Ontario.

And the Eugene-to-Bend  has become very popular

 

Rideshare – No Uber/Lyft here officially. Craigslist Rideshare remains active and is a great option for catching a lift to Portland or other destinations from Bend. protip: having taken a shower or other similar hygiene practice is a requirement for a lift!
Taxis
These are your typical small city taxi companies. Fares are a few bucks, drivers usually speak English, and the cars are only moderately sticky and/or stinky.

BEND GREEN CAB

Phone: 541.705.2002
Address: 500 SW Bond St. Suite 151 Bend OR 97702

OWL TAXI, INC

Phone: 541.382.3311

BEND CAB CO.

Phone: 541.389.8090

CITY CAB

Phone: 541.385.3304

BEND TOWNCARS

Phone: 541-639-7503

WANDERLUST TOURS

Phone: 541.389.8359
Toll Free: 800.962.2862
Address: 61535 S Hwy. 97 Suite 13 (Fred Meyer complex), Bend, OR 97702

BEND TROLLEY

Phone: 541.771.1800

ENVIRO SHUTTLE

Phone: 541.598.5384

GETIT SHUTTLE TRANSPORTATION & TOURS

Phone: 541.610.6103

TAXIS OF BEND

Phone: 541.390.6781

CHECKER CAB CENTRAL OREGON

Phone: 541.390.1176

TWILIGHT TAXI

Phone: 541.728.9222

REDMOND AIRPORT SHUTTLE

Phone: 541.382.1687
Toll Free: 855 4 A SHUTTLE

CENTRAL OREGON BREEZE

Phone: 541.389.7469