By Erin Rook
on Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 2:01 PM
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Bend is growing whether you like it or not, and with more people comes more traffic. If the city grows to 110,000 by 2030, as population models predict, how will they all get around town? This is the question the Bend 2030 Transportation Forum seeks to address.
“How we respond today to Bend’s future needs will have an enormous impact on one of the big reasons people move here in the first place—livability,” said Jim Roberts, Bend 2030 Transportation Forum committee member and Vice-Chair, City of Bend Transportation Safety Advisory Committee in a release. “Traffic impacts our livability every hour of every day. This forum will let our community help shape traffic solutions that provide the livability we want, the convenience we desire and the safety we all need.”
The forum, running from 9 am to noon tomorrow (Saturday, April 11) at Ponderosa Elementary School, include three interactive workshops: The Community’s Vision for a Great Transit District, Safe and Interconnected Bike and Pedestrian Infrastructure, and Designing a City to Maximize Our Transportation System. It's free to attend, but advance registration is required.
Among those presenting are City Manager Eric King, City Councilor Victor Chudowsky, OSU's Kelly Sparks, and Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council's Scott Aycock and Judy Watts. The event includes refreshments and free childcare and a shuttle will run from Hawthorne Station at no cost.
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