Ridden by Bend Bikes • March 2023

Bend Key Route 9




3% quiet street
85% basic bike lane
12% advanced riding

Recommended For

Advanced riders


2 dangerous intersections
3 difficult crossings

Key Route 9 is an north-south route roughly parallel to 3rd Street.

It uses mostly basic bike lanes with an unfortunate middle section along 3rd. We recommend taking a detour to the east and avoiding 3rd altogether.


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

  • 3rd St Shopping
  • Future Little Fawn Park

City of Bend planned projects

Little Fawn Park • 2024

BPRD is planning a new park along Parrell Road. This park will add a multi-use path on the east side of the street for a portion of this route.

Our suggestions

Route changes

We suggest avoiding 3rd Street. It is very dangerous for people riding bikes. When riding south on 2nd, we propose turning east onto Wilson rather than taking Cleveland. Then take Wilson to 5th and go south on 5th until reaching the canal trail on the south side of Reed Market. Traveling west on the canal trail takes you to the intersection of Brosterhous Rd & 3rd St – where you are back on the existing route.

This does add distance to the route, which we usually do not recommend. However, without a major overhaul, 3rd St is not a good fit for any key route.

Most critical improvements

  • Dangerous intersections at 3rd & Reed Market and 3rd & Brosterhous/Division
  • Dangerous intersection at Brosterhous & Parrell
  • Protecting the bike lane on Parrell

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