State Law Prevents Bike Bridge Construction

The access to recreational outdoor areas is one of the biggest draws in Bend, and also one of the largest economic drivers. That’s why the Bend Park & Recreation District has proposed that a new pedestrian and bike bridge be built south of the Old Mill District area, but a state rule passed specifically for the Upper Deschutes River is standing in the way of the project.

Central Oregon Daily’s Brian Jennings looks at the passionate debate surrounding the proposed bridge.

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  • Patti Craveiro

    There is a reason a state law stands in the way of further commercial and recreational urban development of the Upper Deschutes River. Our fore fathers had the wisdom and courage to designate this river stretch as “wild and scenic” many years ago to protect the natural habitats and wildlife and natural beauty of this river from commercial and urban development. The meaning and act of “wild and scenic” does not include development for further impact by the ever increasing never stopping exploding land development of Bend and the lack of disrespect and disregard of the natural beauty and wildlife in the wild and scenic river corridor. Hence, the designation of Wild and Scenic to protect the river from this very type of exploitation and development.

    Do not allow government agencies to “bend” the rules for their own profit and development. We have already seen our city leaders cram the much opposed site of OSU-“Campus of the Roundabout” onto a ridiculously small space of land that directly enters and exits onto the already over crowded only north-south access road of Century Drive without proper permits and parking spaces and traffic studies. Having experienced the Awbry Hall fire first hand in1990 and the frightening life threatening evacuation attempts during that devastating forest fire, I believe it is irresponsible and even negligent to continue to overcrowd the westside of Bend without appropriate road infrastructure.

    Ignoring the wild and scenic status of the river by further developing the river corridor is a violation the intent of those who sought to protect the river for all as wild and scenic many years ago. Mitigating the commercial and urban impact is the purpose of the wild and scenic river designation. To be transparent, I live in Sunrise Village, a privately maintained neighborhood the city does not service. I am opposed to the push for further development and access through our neighborhood when just up the road is public BLM land with already existing road, trail and parking lot structures in place. If another bridge MUST be built put it there and save tax payers dollars rather than through private residential neighborhoods.

  • Patti Craveiro

    There is a reason a state law stands in the way of further commercial and recreational urban development of the Upper Deschutes River. Our fore fathers had the wisdom and courage to designate this river stretch as “wild and scenic” many years ago to protect the natural habitats and wildlife and natural beauty of this river from commercial and urban development. The meaning and act of “wild and scenic” does not include development for further impact by the ever increasing never stopping exploding land development of Bend and the lack of disrespect and disregard of the natural beauty and wildlife in the wild and scenic river corridor. Hence, the designation of Wild and Scenic to protect the river from this very type of exploitation and development.

    Do not allow government agencies to “bend” the rules for their own profit and development. We have already seen our city leaders cram the much opposed site of OSU-“Campus of the Roundabout” onto a ridiculously small space of land that directly enters and exits onto the already over crowded only north-south access road of Century Drive without proper permits and parking spaces and traffic studies. Having experienced the Awbry Hall fire first hand in1990 and the frightening life threatening evacuation attempts during that devastating forest fire, I believe it is irresponsible and even negligent to continue to overcrowd the westside of Bend without appropriate road infrastructure.

    Ignoring the wild and scenic status of the river by further developing the river corridor is a violation the intent of those who sought to protect the river for all as wild and scenic many years ago. Mitigating the commercial and urban impact is the purpose of the wild and scenic river designation. To be transparent, I live in Sunrise Village, a privately maintained neighborhood the city does not service. I am opposed to the push for further development and access through our neighborhood when just up the road is public BLM land with already existing road, trail and parking lot structures in place. If another bridge MUST be built put it there and save tax payers dollars rather than through private residential neighborhoods.

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