NE Olney Ave & NE 1st St
Bend, OR 97701
Bend Open Streets is THE signature walking and bicycling event for the Bend community. Bend Open Street events promote healthy, active living by opening the city’s largest public space–its streets–for people to walk, bike, roll, while discovering the joys of active transportation in a safe, car-free environment.
Two miles of streets in Bend’s Central and Midtown areas, between NE 1st Street, NE Hawthorne Avenue, NE 6th Street and NE Olney Avenue, will be closed to vehicles from noon to 4:00pm.
Bend Open Streets is different than a block party, street fair or festival in a few ways. There won’t be a beer garden, large music venue or booths for selling goods. It’s dog friendly (on-leash only, please) and free for everyone. All forms of non-auto transportation are encouraged—walking, running, biking, skateboarding, roller-skating, scooter riding—as long as you’re willing to have fun exploring.
Many businesses on the route will be open for business or providing fun activities such as human foosball (yes, it’s back for this year!), community art projects and more. Last year, residents on the route invited open street-goers into their yards with lawn games, music, and refreshment stands. Four designated Activity Hubs will also offer games, activities, educational opportunities, as well as food and beverage sales.
Bend Open Streets is an initiative of Commute Options, The City of Bend, and Bend Parks & Recreation.