Ridden by Bend Bikes • September 2022

Bend Key Route 1




14% paved path
31% quiet street
32% basic bike lane
20% advanced riding
3% unbuilt

Recommended For

Intermediate riders


2 difficult traffic lights
1 multi-lane roundabout
9 difficult crossings

Key Route 1 is an north-south route that has a wide mix of riding environments right now.

Alpenglow Park and the surrounding new development have separated multi-use paths in the south, but there’s also a multi-lane roundabout and some streets without bike lanes to navigate.


Most riders
Intermediate riders
Advanced riders

The route is color coded to indicate what level of rider is recommended for each section. Green represents multi-use paths, protected infrastructure, or quiet residential streets. Blue is used for bike lanes, shared low-traffic commercial streets, or busier residential. Black represents areas that only the most advanced riders would feel comfortable on: busy streets without bike lanes, very difficult intersections, or Bend’s highest traffic volume areas – namely 3rd, Hwy 20 and Hwy 97. Black can also represent unbuilt sections.

Nearby destinations

  • Bend High School
  • Caldera High School
  • Orchard Park
  • Northpointe Park
  • Larkspur Park
  • Alpenglow Park
  • Juniper Park

As of March 2023, the northernmost portion of this route ends at Hunters Circle. Eventually it will continue east through Juniper Ridge to Key Route 8.

City of Bend planned projects

Boyd Acres GO Bond project • TBD

Boyd Acres is getting an overhaul from the intersection of Empire to the intersection of Butler Market. The design is currently in progress; construction has not been scheduled.

Our suggestions

Route changes

We suggest avoiding the multi-lane roundabout at 15th and Reed Market. It is very dangerous for people riding bikes. As an alternative the route could be changed to travel through the neighborhood to the southwest of the intersection. It would cross 15th at Iron Horse Lane and Reed Market at 9th.

The out-of-direction section of Glenwood/Logsden/Alden should also be avoided. It is a particularly confusing detour which adds distance. Instead the route could cross 9th at Emerson and travel two blocks west to get to 6th.

This key route currently travels through busy Juniper Park. If this section is to remain it needs a more direct and wider multi-use path. There is currently too much conflict with pedestrians and parking lots. If this can not be done, the route could instead use 5th between Emerson and Hawthorne.

Most critical improvements

  • Boyd Acres intersections at Empire and Butler Market
  • Unprotected crossing of Cooley
  • Dangerous riding on Vogt Road

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