Central Oregon Metal Arts Guild will have their annual show on Oct 19-20 hosted by the At Liberty Arts Collaborative. This 2 day event features works by over 30 metal artists from jewelers, to sculptors, knife makers, welders and blacksmiths. These metal smiths will amaze you with some fascinating works of art that can also be purchased.
One of the artists that you can experience at the upcoming COMAG show is Miguel Edwards. Miguel is a public artist, sculptor, photographer, and culture-maker in Bend, OR.
In Seattle where he moved from, he was President of Center on Contemporary Art, a historic and growing art non-profit. He also built dynamic large-scale public art installations, as-well-as, photographing for local and regional magazines. Art in Seattle's Public Spaces, a book for art and architecture lovers that Miguel co-created with Jim Rupp recently won a Silver Design Award.
Miguel and his wife Cori, are thrilled to be living in Bend now where Miguel was able to build his dream shop and spend more time sculpting. He loves investing in the local community and culture, working with Downtown Bend, Bend Design, Tedx Bend, COMAG (Central Oregon Metal Arts Guild), Old Mill and so much more.
Earlier this year at WinterFest you may have seen Hope Rising, the giant stainless cauldron that he made for the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics.
This summer, Miguel began collaborating with Mark Meulebroeck of Red Miter Furniture building heirloom quality furniture. Miguel has been invited to show at Art Basel in Miami this December and has an opening in Palm Desert California with Coda Gallery, his new rep. (Click here for more info)
His work can be seen at:
If you are interested in discussing any projects with Miguel, please reach out, he always loves meeting new people!
Doors to the COMAG show open 11:00 – 9:00pm, Saturday 10/19 and 10:00am-6:00pm on Sunday 10/20. At Liberty Arts Collaborative is located in downtown Bend at 849 Wall St.
Featured at this years show is a collaborative piece 'The Mantis’
A 6 foot forged steel sculpture created in coordination with Russian artist
Anton Yakusheva, of Moscow. He visited Bend in July 2019, and working
with 19 of COMAG’s artist for 4 days and accumulative 400 hours and many
hundreds of hand forged pieces of steel and copper we created The Bug
At Liberty New Exhibition:
Time and Place: Ecological Work by Leah Wilson
Opening Reception with the Artist on Friday, November 1st at 5:30pm
Panel Discussion on Saturday, November 16th at 11:00am
At Liberty Arts Collaborative, a year-round dedicated arts space and cultural hub in Downtown Bend, is pleased to announce their new exhibition: Time and Place: Ecological Work by Leah Wilson. This exhibition will open November 1, 2019 with a First Friday Artist’s Reception and will be on view through January 4, 2020.
Leah Wilson of Eugene merges art and science in her paintings and sculptures that explore changing ecosystems. Her work is inspired by her curiosity and the sense of wonder she feels when studying the natural world. The majority of Wilson’s work in this exhibition and since 2012, has focused on a place-based exploration of ecosystem change over time at the H.J. Andrews Research Forest, a 16,000-acre ecological research site in Oregon’s Western Cascades Mountains administered cooperatively by the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State University, and the Willamette National Forest.
Andries Fourie, who is curating the upcoming show for At Liberty, says "Leah is interested in observing and recording natural phenomena as they change over time in one specific place." One of the highlights of the exhibition will be a sculpture entitled “Constructing Water,” a multi-layered, illuminated piece made of a polyester film called duralar. (see images below)
On Saturday, November 16th at 11:00am, At Liberty will host an interdisciplinary panel discussion in conjunction with the Time and Place: Ecological Work by Leah Wilson exhibition. The panel, moderated by exhibition curator Andries Fourie, will consist of artist Leah Wilson, Dr. Brooke Penaluna (research fish biologist with Pacific Northwest Research Station, U.S.D.A Forest Service) Dr. Michael Nelson (a philosopher and economist who is Oregon State’s lead principal investigator at Andrews) and Louise Shirley (Curator of Natural History at the High Desert Museum). The discussion will provide context for Wilson’s artwork and explore the convergence of art and science as ways of investigating the natural world.
More about At Liberty Arts Collaborative: At Liberty, located in Bend’s historic Liberty Theatre provides an inspiring and dynamic space for the exploration of arts and culture, through exhibitions, collaborations, and events. For more information on the space, renting the space, or ideas for collaboration, visit: www.atlibertyarts.com.
Exhibition Calendar of Events:
It's First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Bend! Here's what we've got going on:
Bend Film HQ opens for First Friday
Join Bend Film At Liberty Arts, 849 NW Wall Street, for First Friday in downtown Bend! Enjoy wine by Elixir as you browse the beautiful festival guide, ask us questions about films, and watch festival trailers.
Buy your Festival passes and tickets or sign up to become a year-round BendFilm member. Now is the time to start planning the 16th Annual BendFilm Festival to watch an amazing lineup of indie films, meet filmmakers from all over the world, and more!
Holiday Race Registration at Footzone
Visit FootZone at Downtown Bend First Friday Art Walk on 10/4, and sign up for all your favorite holiday races in one place!
Register for I Like Pie 2019, and get a tasty piece of pie, and then wander over to the Jingle Bell Run table for a candy cane with your registration!
First Friday Cosmic Moon at Wren and Wild
Grab a friend this first Friday for an evening of cosmic Moon Juice drinks and art with Alex Drury. Let's sip and chat all about this one wild life we are all living 💙
Oregon Natural Desert Association & Merrell at Outside In
Our October Downtown Bend First Friday Art Walk will be on Friday, Oct. 4th. Local non-profit Oregon Natural Desert Association will be here and promoting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival that is showing that day. You can also searn about their programs and how you can get involved with this awesome non-profit.
Also, one of our favorite brands, Merrell will have a table with complimentary beverages, a raffle to win Merrell swag and we will be talking about our Nature Hike that will be the following morning on Oct. 5th. Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Oregon Natural Desert Association.
Art Walk at Village Interiors on Lava Ave.
Please join us for snacks and beverages in Downtown Bend for First Friday Artwalk: October 4th 5:00-8:00PM.
FF Artwalk October: Moontea x FOUND
Introducing eco-friendly art by Moontea! Small batches of hand-carved wood block prints on linen and recycled paper with water-based inks by Kristin Loganbill known as Moontea Artwork.
Official artist exhibition October 4, 2019 (5pm - 8pm)
Nicole Fontana-Campbell at Deschutes!
Come by the Pub during the Downtown Bend, Oregon First Friday Art Walk and welcome our artist of the month: Nicole Fontana-Campbell.
Nicole Fontana-Campbell has always loved the arts, especially painting. She pursued her dream by attending Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY
on a President's Scholarship, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts. After graduating in 2005, she launched Fontana Painting and has been painting ever since. She now lives in Bend, OR with her rambunctious family. Her murals and artwork can be found
all around town as she enjoys making contributing to her community.
First Friday at Red Chair Gallery
Please join us on this First Friday for an open reception at the Gallery. Red Chair will showcase the work of three artists in October.
Our display stands will show fused glass by Deb Borine. Her pieces include unique glass "landscapes" of our beautiful countryside, as well as plates and bowls rich in layered colors. Our walls will hold Linda Swindle's watercolors of kaleidoscope-hued animals, both wild and domestic. The garment rack will sport Swindle's hand-painted silk scarves. Also on display will be Jacqueline Newbold's watercolors of her recent travels to France and Italy.
Come in and see our special display this month.
Jenn Culp-Art Walk at Velvet
Born and raised in rural Idaho, Jenn spent countless hours outside. Her family road-tripped all around the west camping and exploring. Jenn’s parents both studied biology/botany and are avid birders. They taught her a lot about the natural world, and have always inspired her love of ecology and living creatures.
Living in this current moment/ our environment in a precarious state, humankind learning how to cope with the impact we make...her paintings have evolved into a sort of meditation, a therapy for dealing with emotional conflict concerning our environment. Grateful for the ecological systems and all the elements that compose life.
First Friday tasting with C4K!
Cause-driven coffee?! Yep! Please come join us at J Dub this Friday as we welcome Bend's own Coffee4Kids as they taste out their deliciously smooth cold brew coffee... also give a shot at their CBD-infused cold brew as it swirls through a house-made one-off specialty cocktail! Pair that along with J Dub's tasty weekend food specials and you have yourself a solid start to your Fall Fest weekend!
Friday At The Blacksmith
Absolutely one of favorite places for a glass of wine, a cold brew, a hand crafted cocktail & incredible menu! Oh!... and, of course, one of our favorites places to lay down some smooth grooves. Come on down & say hello!
Save the Planet, Wear Sustainable Tour - Bend, OR
Toad&Co is on a mission to prove that living a sustainable life can be bold, badass, and COOL. The apparel industry is the 4th largest global polluter and the way we see it, you can either go nude or wear sustainable.
We're choosing to wear sustainable, and traversing the country in our '59 Shasta trailer Buffy to celebrate how your community is saving the planet - and we're coming to the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Bend, OR!
Stop by to listen to shop, check out our trailer (with an interior made from completely sustainable materials), and learn about steps you can take to live a more sustainable life.
For more on the Toad&Co Save the Planet tour, head here: https://www.toadandco.com/save-the-planet
Downtown Bend would like to invite you to their largest fundraiser of the year, Bend Oktoberfest. Bend Oktoberfest is a two-day festival in Downtown Bend, Oregon featuring local beer, wine, and cider, traditional German foods (vendor list here), live music, absurd games, and ridiculous feats of strength. Bend Oktoberfest is free to attend, and the festival is family friendly with a kid’s zone sponsored by On Point Community Credit Union.
USA Today rated Bend Oktoberfest as on of the top Oktoberfest’s in the country, and it’s no wonder why. Bend Oktoberfest’s schedule of events boasts a Chicken Dance Flash Mob (happening at 1pm on Saturday), barrel rolling, a bratwurst toss, tricycle races, the Hammerschlagen, and a stein holding competition – just to name a few. Of course, you can’t talk about Bend Oktoberfest without talking about the Weiner Dog Races sponsored by Bend Veterinary Clinic and ran by the Humane Society of Central Oregon. The Weiner Dog races are scheduled for 4pm on Saturday, Sept 21st. The race can be viewed from the bleachers on Irving Ave next to the track, or from the Large LED Screen, sponsored by Elevate Pro AVL, on Oregon Ave next to the parking garage. For a full schedule of Bend Oktoberfest events, click here.
With over 16 different beers on tap, 2 ciders and 6 featured German wines – Bend Oktoberfest has something for everyone. While at Bend Oktoberfest this weekend, you can try unique brews like Holy Schmidt Oktoberfest Lager by Sunriver Brewing, The Iron Cross German Hefeweizen by Spider City Brewing, or Festbier by 10 Barrel Brewing Co. Bend Oktoberfest beers are local and donated to Bend Oktoberfest by breweries invested in their community’s growth and development. We applaud these local businesses for their contributions to the historic core of our city, Downtown Bend. For a full list of beers, click here.
100% of the funds raised at Bend Oktoberfest go directly to keeping Downtown Bend vibrant and thriving! Bend Oktoberfest is the only festival in downtown Bend that financially contributes to ongoing year-around beautification in our downtown. Join us to celebrate the heart of our City, Downtown Bend, and come together for music, dancing and community fun!
Bend Oktoberfest is happening Friday, September 20th from 3pm to 10pm and Saturday, September 21st from 11am to 10pm. For more information, including the schedule of events, beer list, directions and more – visit www.bendoktoberfest.com
The Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA) is a small nonprofit dedicated to increasing the vitality of Downtown Bend.
In addition to our other services, we are the 100% responsible for the cleanliness and beautification of the Downtown Bend economic improvement district (EID).
Our scope of work includes, but is not limited to:
We would like to extend a huge “Thank you!” to our staff, board, volunteers, donors and community partners for helping us keep Downtown Bend beautiful! By being committed to positive communication, community support, and a shared love for Downtown Bend, we can continue to keep our Downtown vibrant and thriving!
We are excited about several new Downtown Bend beautification projects we have coming up, stay posted to learn about all the great stuff that we have in store for Downtown Bend!
On September 7th, OVER THE EDGE is coming to downtown Bend! United Way of Deschutes County will offer the opportunity for folks to rappel off the roof of the Oxford Hotel in downtown Bend – for charity.
In an effort to raise donations for our community, OVER THE EDGE participants – called Edgers – will rappel down Central Oregon’s tallest building. In addition, we will host a ground party – closing NW Minnesota Avenue and NWLava Road to traffic for food vendors, a beer garden, activities, DJs, and more.
Everyone is getting excited about OVER THE EDGE! We’d like to invite you to be involved. This unique, high-visibility, and exhilarating event is a perfect fit for a business looking to distinguish itself through sponsorship and/or participation.
Why OVER THE EDGE? It’s scary to wake up in the morning and not know where you’ll sleep that night, if you’ll eat today, or when you’ll next be assaulted or abused. Especially if you are a child.
You can help take away some of that fear. We’re offering the opportunity to help alleviate the fear faced by many in our community by providing an occasion for Edgers to face their own fears and go OVER THE EDGE, as well as for businesses to show their support for this effort.
40% of the 88,000 households in Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson Counties earn less than what it takes to survive in our Central Oregon economy.
We leverage more than dollars. Yes, we are a local fundraiser and a local funder. The money we raise stays here and serves this community. We partner with local nonprofits that address homelessness, child abuse, basic needs, and more through strategically invested grant funding. We are also a convener, bringing together community leaders,government, other funders, nonprofits, and stakeholders, to collaborate and coordinate our efforts to effectively address our most complicated social issues. We are leading a Central Oregon-wide collective action effort to address the impacts of childhood trauma, and to build resilience.
31% of Central Oregonians are impacted by a United Way funded program or service.
You can partner with United Way of Deschutes County – one of Bend’s most reputable and longest-standing nonprofit organizations - to give back to our Central Oregon community in a sustainable and meaningful way.
You can sponsor OVER THE EDGE today! You can also participate! You can put a team of employees together, Toss Your Boss over the edge, Treat Your Team to raffle for an Edger spot, challenge someone to a competition,rappel for teambuilding, sign up to volunteer, and more!
More info: email@example.com
It's First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Bend tonight, and it is the place to be for art, music, creativity and laughter. Make sure to check out the Downtown Bend Ambassador Launch Party in the Starbucks courtyard, and pick up your free Downtown Bend sticker!
You'll want to make sure that you stop by all of the Art Galleries in Downtown Bend as well as checking out the list of cool things happening (below).
The best way to get to First Friday Art Walk is to walk, ride, carpool or uber - however, we've also got lot's of parking here and here - and if you live within the map get a free ride from Ride Bend!
Dive Bar Theology & Juncture Woodworks at Velvet
1st Friday Art Walk in conjunction with Juncture Woodworks. We have Sunriver Brewing Co. on deck with their newest & freshest brews, music from Dive Bar Theology & gorgeous art from Juncture Woodworks. Doors open at 5, get in early for a spot on the davenport before the music starts up at 7:30!
Juncture is a portland based small business specializing in custom furniture and wood art. From coffee tables, to grand dining tables, juncture does it all.
Dive Bar Theology, with a unique indie-pop take on well-known songs, transforms everything from breweries and festival stages into contagious groove-laden parties.
Humane Society of Central Oregon at Outside In
We love our local non-profits and we love our pets. So what could be a better match for the July Downtown Bend First Friday Art Walk than having the Humane Society of Central Oregon join us?
Meet staff and volunteers from the Humane Society, learn about the programs they offer, including their Spay & Neuter services, gather information on pet care and safety tips, and meet animals looking for their forever home.
Wanderlust Essentials and Hibiscus Jewelry at Wren & Wild
Join us for the 4th of July weekend First Friday. We will be hosting Wanderlust Essentials with CBD Crafted Cocktails and our good friend Imani from Hibiscus Jewelry will be in showing her gorgeous creations.
Bucky Buckman at Deschutes Brewery
Join us for the First Friday Art Walk and welcome our artist for the month of July: "Pub Regular" Bucky Buckman!
A little background on our featured artist:
I am Bucky Buckman, a self-taught artist concentrating on paintings and leather masks. I started working with pen and ink, taking forever to advance to color in 2004 when I started using piping bags to apply the paint. I still continue to enjoy taking the process to the next level. Working with acrylic washes with pen and ink is a favorite technique that can be applied to canvas or leather.
I am very happy to be at a point where I can work on masks again, as it has been several years since my last mask. The technique comes from the Italian Renaissance, associated with Commedia Dell’arte. Their theatrical productions used stock characters identified by the leather mask for that character. I enjoy coming up with my own creations. Sometimes I start with a specific idea/design in mind, and then there are times when letting the leather do what it wants to do is more satisfying.
I make full-face, half size and small jewelry sized pieces using the same technique. Whether for decoration or for a specific production, all masks are wearable.
Bucky, will be here at the Pub from 6-9 PM on First Friday July, 5th at the artist table
Megan Marie Myers at Crater Lake Spirits
Come visit me (and sip delicious miniature cocktails!!!) at Crater Lake Spirits Tasting Room in Downtown Bend for First Friday Art Walk.
I'll have my new 2020 calendars as well as prints, cards, camping logs, postcard books, and some new large format prints!
She's With Me at The Blacksmith
Linda Quon, Boo Rigney and Laurie Hamilton singing harmonies and playing guitars, banjolele and harmonium. We play in and around Bend, Oregon. We do bluegrass, Americana and folk and lots of original tunes. Little bit of everything.
Essence of Place at Layor Art + Supply
Join us for our first ever Healing Reins art exhibit at a special First Friday graciously hosted by Layor Art Supply in downtown Bend. View new works inspired by Healing Reins and meet the Central Oregon artists who gave so generously of their time and talents to bring this unique collaborative project to fruition. Enjoy light refreshments and drinks, purchase local art in support of Healing Reins, and add another Bend-friendly event to your long holiday weekend. No charge and all are welcome. For further information, contact Development Director Laurie Hoyle at 541-382-9410. See you there! (Painting by Sarah Willis, used with permission of the artist)
Willow and Thistle at Bellatazza
Join Willow and Thistle for a magical evening of bubbles, glitter bombs, and fairy mischief! Find them in the courtyard in front of Bellatazza coffee! Grab a cup to keep you toasty and experience the magic of real life faeries!
Jenny O'Neill at Found Natural Goods
First Friday July ARTWALK will be FOUNDS 1 YEAR Celebration of brick-and-mortar business downtown Bend, Oregon! We are happy to be featuring the artwork of a woman that keeps the shop open and running, Painter & Watercolorist, Jenny O'Neill.
Jenny has requested that we serve complimentary Gin & Juice ––radical mixer to be announced–– with her art hanging on the walls and prints to be shuffled throughout the shop.
Follow Jenny on Instagram to see sneak peeks of this show: https://www.instagram.com/jenny.oneill.art/
First Friday Fiesta Triple-header at The Commons
We host Bony Chanterelle and Loose Platoon and... One Mad Man this coming Friday for an evening of stellar local music! We kick things off around 5 with beer from Immersion Brewing and food from The Bob. Come get your First Friday on with us at The Commons. As always, the show is FREE, but a donation to the artists is always appreciated
Steve J. Giardini Photography at Alleda Real Estate
Alleda Real Estate, 25 NW Minnesota Ave is hosting me & my work July 5th for the Bend First Friday Art Walk. Expect to see fine art photographic prints. The display will include two recently released framed metal limited edition pieces. Expect refreshments & good conversation. It'll be fun. Add it to your calendar. I look forward to seeing you. Alleda is across from the Oxford Hotel downtown.
Anne Gibson at The Oxford
During July's #FirstFridayBend, we'll continue displaying Anne Gibson's "Wandering the Deschutes" exhibit.
Anne brings years of artistic experience to her paintings currently displaying in our lobby. After graduation from Tufts University and employment as director of publication and marketing at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts, Anne moved from the East Coast to Bend and "changed her world."
She recalls, “Countless walks along the Deschutes River trail offered endless opportunities to study, photograph, and subsequently paint the light, the color, the reflections, and the depths of the water.” Through such walks, autumn became her favored season to explore.
Anne's paintings use bold colors, achieved through subtle “layer upon layer of translucent washes of acrylic paint to simulate the clarity and transparency of the water and sky.” Her paintings depict the inspiration which she gleans from appreciating the beauty that surrounds her.
Meet Anne and view her beautiful, color-saturated paintings during First Friday #inbend. If you can't make it, her works will be hanging in our lobby through July 26th.
Suzy Landa at The Wooden Jewel
Come join us for Suzy Landa Trunk Show july 5-7 10:30 - 6pm. Suzy is an award winning Designer from NewYork City . See her collection at 844 nw bond street in Bend Oregon.
First Friday at Sportvision
Win a free pair of @rayban sunglasses during our 1st Friday party, July 5th!! We’re offering a @rayban gift with purchase, refreshments from @coffee4kids & @sunriverbrewing , music 🎶, and as always @thaionthefly_bend will have food right outside. See you there! Dogs are allowed too
The Downtown Bend Parking Advisory Committee (DPAC) has announced a partnership with Deschutes County and the City of Bend to provide access to free public parking at the Deschutes County Administration building parking lots on weekends and during special events. The Deschutes County Administration building parking lots, located between Wall Street, Lafayette Ave and Olney Ave, contain as many parking stalls as the Downtown Bend parking garage on Lava Rd and Oregon Ave. DPAC anticipates that utilizing these parking lots at the Deschutes County Administration building, during the busy summer tourist and special event season, will allow more people to easily access Downtown Bend. The parking lots will be available from Friday evening after 6pm to Sunday night.
“Downtown Bend is one of the greatest assets of our City, and currently we are seeing parking reach capacity during our popular events and attractions”, says Aisling, Executive Director for the Downtown Bend Business Association, “This partnership will allow more people to experience our vibrant Downtown with ease.”
The Deschutes County parking lots are only 3 blocks from the core of Downtown Bend, with well-lit sidewalks on both sides of the road, making it easily walk-able to and from Downtown Bend. For those who would rather catch a ride or require mobility assistance, DPAC has partnered with Ride Bend, a free shuttle service that operates 12pm to 8pm daily July 1st through Labor Day. Ride Bend operates a ten-passenger shuttle van that riders can request on demand using the new Ride Bend app.
“Commute Options is excited to add a new park and walk option for folks to easily attend exciting happenings in Downtown Bend." said Kim Curley, with Commute Options and member of the DPAC, "Carpoolers can access free parking off the Bend Parkway and Wall Street and take an enjoyable walk to downtown. Ride Bend adds additional accessibility for families and individuals with disabilities.”
The DPAC was created based on the goals outlined in the Downtown Strategic Parking Management Plan adopted by Bend City Council on June 7th, 2017. The committee is responsible for outlining, advocating, and initiating decisions that will improve and maintain a vital transportation system for the City of Bend, and create a model that can be used city-wide for the betterment of the entire community.
Scott Douglass, CEO of Cascade Relays and member of the DPAC, said “Parking demands are at their highest during our busy tourist season and especially during special events. Through this partnership with Deschutes County, we are providing convenient free parking to the public within a few blocks of Downtown Bend.”
The third season of the free Ride Bend transit service will launch in Bend on July 1, with a new twist! Instead of waiting at a bus stop, riders can request rides on demand via the new Ride Bend App (or via phone).
Within the defined service area (below), The Ride Bend shuttle picks up riders at their door and shuttles them to their destination with other riders heading the same way. The service will enhance overall mobility and reduce parking demand and congestion in popular areas of Bend (including Downtown Bend, the Old Mill District, and along the busy Galveston Avenue corridor).
"Ride Bend is a fresh, new improvement to our transportation options" said Mayor Sally Russell. "Especially during the summer months we need to make it easier and more efficient for residents and
visitors to move around our community"
The free Ride Bend service will include three vans, one fully ADA accessible, providing curb-to-curb
service on demand. Service will be available daily, from noon to 8 p.m.
Rides can be requested via the Ride Bend App, available for iPhone and Android. A call-in number will also be available for passengers without access to a smartphone.
After Labor Day, the Ride Bend service will connect Oregon State University-Cascades, Central Oregon Community College, Northwest Crossing and all residential areas west of 14th Street. That service will run through the middle of December, coinciding with the students’ fall term.
The Ride Bend service is provided by Downtowner, a national leader in microtransit, with successful
programs running in California, Utah, Colorado, Georgia, and Florida. The Mobility Lab at OSU-Cascades will oversee the service as a pilot study intended to help regional agencies identify a more efficient way to provide transit to a region that lacks the density of larger metro areas.
The program is sponsored by the City of Bend, Visit Bend, The Downtown Bend Business Association, the Bend Metropolitan Planning Organization, St. Charles Health Systems, Cascades East Transit, OSU-Cascades and Bend 2030.
What is Ride Bend?
Ride Bend is an on-demand, app-based transit service available to everyone. This service will be available at no cost to any rider who summons the vehicle with the Ride Bend app. Funding partners include: the City of Bend, Visit Bend, the Bend Metropolitan Planning Organization, St. Charles Health System, OSU-Cascades, and Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council.
How do I use Ride Bend?
Download the Ride Bend app and enter your desired trip origin and destination. The app will tell you how soon we can pick you up. If the pick-up time works with your schedule, request the ride.
You can also call [phone number coming soon] to request a ride.
How much does Ride Bend cost?
The Ride Bend service is free.
Can I take Ride Bend from my house near Galveston Avenue to Safeway? To my friend’s house? To get dinner?
Yes! You can use Ride Bend to get anywhere within the service boundary. For those interested in traveling outside of the service area, Ride Bend can drop you off at Cascades East Transit’s Hawthorne Station.
Will my ride go directly to my destination? Or will we stop to pick up other people?
The Ride Bend vans fit up to 12 people, including the driver. On busier days, expect to share the van with other passengers (and possibly their dog).
How many vehicles will be in service?
Three vehicles in total will be in service, with seating for up to 12 people, including the driver. One vehicle is wheelchair-accessible and all vehicles are dog-friendly.
Can I bring my bike?
Yes. Ride Bend vans are equipped with bike racks.
Can I take Ride Bend after floating the river?
Floaters can ride the Ride the River shuttle buses for $3.00, and enjoy unlimited rides all day.
How do I request a ride in an accessible van?
Within the Ride Bend app, select the option for an ADA vehicle. Or, call us to request an accessible ride. Phone number to be posted by July 1.
When will Ride Bend operate in 2019?
Ride Bend will operate a summer service July 1 through September 2 (Labor Day). After Labor Day, the service area will shift west to include the OSU-Cascades and COCC campuses. The most up-to-date information on hours of operation can always be found on the app.
Is there an age limit for who can utilize Ride Bend?
In the interest of safety, children 12 & under may not ride Ride Bend alone. Children must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible rider.
Why was Ride Bend introduced?
Ride Bend was introduced to reduce parking demand and congestion within the areas that see the most traffic during the summer months. Ride Bend connects to the Cascades East Transit system to make it easy for those traveling to other parts of Bend or Central Oregon.
How is Ride Bend funded?
The program is sponsored by the City of Bend, Visit Bend, the Bend Metropolitan Planning Organization, St. Charles Health Systems, OSU-Cascades, and Cascades East Transit, with in-kind support from Bend 2030 and the Downtown Bend Business Association.