The Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA) has been recognized by the City of Bend and Deschutes County for keeping Downtown Bend sidewalks, crosswalks, and common areas clear of snow during the record snowfall we had in Bend, Oregon this past winter. The DBBA is committed to providing a clear four foot path throughout Downtown Bend in addition to all the work of Downtown merchants and building owners that clear the snow from their storefronts.
Each year, Deschutes County honors individuals and local businesses that go above and beyond to keep their sidewalks safe with Safe Sidewalk awards. Deschutes County’s 2017 Safe Sidewalk Awards were presented today by the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners and the Deschutes County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC).
On hand to receive the award were Rod Porsche, Executive Director of the DBBA, and Marc Stevens, Operations Manager for the DBBA. Two Downtown businesses were also recognized for their contribution to the DBBA’s efforts to keep the Downtown sidewalks clear. Stewart Fritchman, owner at Bellatazza, loaned the DBBA a snowblower, and Jim Wilson of Bond Street Barbershop provided funding for a second snowblower. Without these contributions, we could not have cleared so much snow!
“It was a crazy, difficult winter with so much snow, but so many downtown businesses really stepped up to go above and beyond their own sidewalks and help their neighbors. We appreciate everyone’s efforts to provide safe sidewalks for Bendites and visitors alike to enjoy Downtown Bend, even on really snowy days.” says Rod Porsche.
DBBA was able to provide all of the supplies (snow shovels, ice melt) to get the job done. Additionally they hired 10 seasonal employees, many of whom were on the streets as early as 5am, and kept clearing snow all day and into the evening.
“The reason we get such an early start on the snow removal each morning is to make sure that Downtown coffee shops and other business are able to open and conduct business in order to retain customers. We also want to make sure that all the Downtown employees can get to businesses safety.” explains Rod Porsche.
Moreover, the City of Bend Accessibility Advisory Committee (COBAAC) recognized the DBBA on May 25th for good snow removal practices. The DBBA is committed to establishing and maintaining accessible and usable sidewalks for as many people as possible regardless of age, ability, or circumstance.
As we head into summer, we are grateful that we don’t have to break out the snow shovels for a few months!