On April 18, Century West Neighborhood Association will once again be hosting FireReadyBend at OSU-Cascades. All Neighborhood Association members are welcome to attend. This year’s event will have fun and interactive learning opportunities for all ages. See the attached flyer for more information.
On January 1, 2020, new rules go into effect in Oregon that will allow people riding bicycles to yield at stop signs or flashing red beacons instead of stopping completely, under certain conditions. People riding bicycles must still completely stop at a solid red traffic signal.
The new rules were created in part due to the physical effort required to stop and start a bicycle. Oregon, Idaho, Delaware and Arkansas have enacted laws recognizing this difference and specifying the conditions under which a cyclist may slow and yield instead of coming to a complete stop.
The new Oregon law requires that people riding bicycles approaching a stop sign or flashing red light have to:
The full details of the new law are found in Oregon Senate Bill 998 enacted this past August. This updates Oregon Revised Statute 811.260 and 811.265. Violations to the rule are considered improper entry to an intersection, a Class D traffic violation subject to a fine of $115 (or $225 if in a work zone or school zone).
The Summit West Neighborhood Association (SWNA) is assembling engaged residents for a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Deschutes County Emergency Services and Central Oregon Community College will be offering a free CERT training course January 24-26th. We have a limited number of spots in the class for our residents.
Please see the attached document for details.
When: January 24, 25, & 26 (8:00 am to 5:00 pm)
Registration Deadline: Dec 13th. Please e-mail Glenn Voelz for instructions on registration.
Who: SWNA has been allocated 6-8 seats. Participants will be expected to attend all three days of training and participate in occasional community support projects throughout the year, working with the Deschutes County Emergency Manager.
This is a great chance to play an important role if our neighborhood faces a disaster. If you've been looking for a way to be involved in the community, consider joining our CERT team.
The Neighborhood Leadership Alliance (NLA) advisory committee provides a direct and continuing means for Neighborhood Associations to provide input to the City Council from the community.
The NLA has just wrapped up its first year as a committee. As members begin to identify their path forward, they are asking for your input. They have developed a short survey in an effort to help committee members better understand what the community knows about Neighborhood Associations, what feelings there are about Neighborhood Associations, and preferred communication methods among neighborhoods.
We invite you to share your input in this short 2-minute survey open to all community members through Dec. 31, 2019.
Take the survey now!
The SWNA board of directors reviewed 26 eligible applications for the Neighborhood Street Safety Program. The board grouped ten of the proposals into 2 projects to recommend to the NLA for their consideration for funding.
The first, Safe Routes to School, would address the need for effective crosswalks to protect children along Mt. Washington at Polarstar, Clearwater, and Hosmer Lake Dr., as well as at York & Lolo.
The second, Missing Sidewalks, would fill gaps needed to keep children from having to walk in the street at three locations: the corner of Celilo & Shevlin Crest; in front of 2445 Marken; and on the west side of Mt. Washington from Shevlin Park Rd. to Shields.
The board gave priority to high-traffic-volume locations with high risk to more-vulnerable pedestrians (like school children). Projects on local streets with fewer pedestrians and vehicles, while considered important and worthy of attention, ranked lower. This included Flagline Dr., Skyline Ranch Rd., Crossing Dr., Lemhi Pass Dr., and Monterey Pines Dr.
The Neighborhood Leadership Alliance (a committee reporting to the City Council) will review the two projects submitted by each of the 13 neighborhood associations and recommend finalists for funding. The SWNA projects are not guaranteed to be funded.
All of the applications submitted this year will be retained for future consideration. Thanks to everyone who cared enough and took the time to submit an application. The City received a total of 362 proposals, indicating that there are local street safety issues throughout the city that concern residents.
The City has launched a one-minute survey that allows the community an opportunity to help prioritize the most-desired safe travel and traffic improvement projects. To participate in the survey, click here.
While some transportation projects are funded, many important needs aren’t. At a special Council meeting on Sept. 30th, all Councilors said they supported a potential bond measure in May of 2020 as part of a longer-term transportation funding strategy.
The Citywide Transportation Advisory Committee, which is helping Bend update its long range transportation plan, recently sorted a long list of transportation infrastructure projects into near-term (1-10 years), mid-term (11-15 years), and long-term (16-20 years) categories.
Community input from this 1-minute survey will further help prioritize projects in the near-term category. The City will share the results of the survey with Bend’s policymakers as they consider options for a bond measure.
Visit www.bendoregon.gov/safe-travel for more information.
As of Sept. 20th (the closing date), there have been 36 applications submitted to address street safety issues in the Summit West neighborhood. All together, 362 applications have been submitted city-wide, suggesting that citizens see lots of opportunities to improve safety on our streets.
To see a map and list of the applications on the City's web site, click here.
Here's a map of the locations addressed by the proposals within Summit West:
The city has reviewed the applications to be sure they meet the eligibility requirements and that a particular project shouldn't be covered under another city program. Two projects were determined to be ineligible, while an additional five were transferred to other city programs for attention.
On Monday, October 7th, the SWNA board will meet to select two projects for referral to the Neighborhood Leadership Alliance (a standing committee of the city council). The meeting will be at Summit High School in the Commons Room from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.
Traffic safety has been one of the most talked about issues in Summit West. Now, there's a way to do something about it. The City has set up a new program to allow residents to nominate problem areas for attention.
This is a new program for small-scale, local, residential street projects to address pedestrian and bicycle safety, safe routes to school, speeding, intersection control and crossings, and other local street traffic safety-related issues.
The Neighborhood Street Safety Program website is now live! Click through to learn more about the program, view program documents and review informational resources. Beginning Aug. 5th, links will be available to fill out the online application or download a paper application.
Starting the week of July 22, the City will begin converting over 2,000 existing public street lights to 3,000 Kelvin energy-efficient, light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures to reduce the City’s energy costs, maintenance costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
The project replaces existing high pressure sodium street light fixtures, and is one of several Strategic Energy Management projects happening in 2019-2021 to help achieve the City Council Climate Action Goals.
The LED conversion project is scheduled from July to December 2019. Work activity will take place during weekdays and may include weekends. Work hours will generally be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., targeting evening hours for arterial and collector streets.
Multiple crews will be working to complete an estimated 30 to 40 fixture conversions per day, taking 20 to 30 minutes per light. Work will be performed in a moving operation that may require temporary traffic lane restrictions.