Bend▶️ Bend’s 1st roundabout with protected bike lane now open

▶️ Bend’s 1st roundabout with protected bike lane now open

▶️ Bend’s 1st roundabout with protected bike lane now open

9th and Wilson roundabout June 27, 2022

What is being touted as Bend’s first bicycle-protected roundabout opened Thursday evening. And the completion of the project is likely to be a relief to businesses in the construction zone.

The roundabout at SE Wilson Avenue and SE 9th Street opened just before 6:00 p.m.

The city says this roundabout operates like other single-lane roundabouts in the city. But it is the first with a protected bike lane. That lane is located between the sidewalk and the vehicle lane.

The city says the protected lane is designed to make cyclists slow down before crossing into vehicular traffic. Bicyclists can use either the protected lane or the vehicle lane.

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While most of the rules of using this roundabout remain the same as other roundabouts, there are a couple of new things to know.

Drivers

  • Yield to vehicles in the roundabout and stay in the center of the lane when exiting.
  • Yield to emergency vehicles and safely pull off to the side.
  • Move counter-clockwise and signal your path.
  • Yield to pedestrians and bikes in crosswalks.

Bicyclists

When using the vehicle lane:

  • Merge with traffic.
  • Yield to vehicles in the roundabout and stay in the center of the lane until exiting.
  • Yield to emergency vehicles and safely pull off to the side.
  • Move counter-clockwise and signal your path.
  • Yield to pedestrians and bikes in crosswalks.

When using the bike lane:

  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
  • Slow down before crossing traffic
  • Make eye contact with both cyclists and drivers before crossing

Pedestrians

  • Pedestrians have the right-of-way
  • Make eye contact with both cyclists and drivers before crossing

“We are excited to open this one-of-a-kind, bike-protected roundabout as a pilot project,” said Engineering and Infrastructure Planning Director Ryan Oster in a statement. “This highlights the progress we are making at delivering a safer multi-modal transportation system. We look forward to analyzing how well it works to make similar bike-protected improvements for future transportation projects.” 

Construction has been frustrating for businesses in the area. Several told Central Oregon Daily News earlier this month that they’ve seen declines in foot traffic and some loss of revenue. 

Landscaping work on the roundabout will continue into early July.

Drivers can expect another big roundabout project in the area in the coming months. One is being built six blocks to the east at SE 15th Street and Wilson Ave.

Watch our report from September 2021 below about why Bend always considers roundabouts

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