Ridden by Bend Bikes • November 2022

Bend Key Route 6




12% quiet street
26% intermediate riding
12% unbuilt
50% advanced riding

Recommended For

Not recommended


Many difficult crossings

Key Route 6 connects downtown to Juniper park, but it relies on the unbuilt Hawthorne bridge to get across 97.

This route is not currently recommended.


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

  • Downtown Bend
  • Hawthorne Transit Center
  • Drake Park
  • Juniper Park

As of May 2023, the HWY 97 crossing at Hawthorne does not exist. Do not attempt.

City of Bend planned projects

Hawthorne Bridge • TBD

The city of Bend is planning to improve 3 midtown crossings: Greenwood, Hawthorne, and Franklin. A pedestrian-only bridge over 97 and the railroad is being planned for Hawthorne. This is a very large project with high funding needs. It is at least 3-5 years away from the start of construction.

Our suggestions

Most critical improvements

  • Building Hawthorne bridge
  • Oregon and Hawthorne need separated biking infrastructure through downtown. The bridge will be useless if it doesn’t provide a safe connection to downtown Bend.
  • Hawthorne near the transit center needs improvements for both walkers and bikers

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