Our program activities are rooted in the belief that informed and engaged citizens enrich the planning process and lead to better outcomes. Our community education and citizen engagement efforts are designed to help government make choices and set priorities with a rich perspective on the wants and needs of the people it serves.

Outreach and Education

Move Bend has launched a multi-pronged education and outreach effort about transportation, including:

  •, a robust, data-driven website;
  • Social media outreach campaign;
  • Providing community input to our government partners’ planning processes

Bend Mobility Lab at OSU Cascades

With support from the City of Bend, the MPO, Bend 2030 and St. Charles, the Bend Mobility Lab at OSU Cascades is analyzing transportation data across modes, benchmarking best practices in technology and innovation in other communities, piloting advanced technology transportation solutions and working to expand bike share city-wide.

Casey Bergh, transportation manager of OSU Cascades, has become director of the lab. With support from MOVE BEND’s Technology and Innovation Committee, he’s designed a great plan for our City’s new Mobility Lab. The work will include data analysis, monitoring of trends and activities in other cities, and pilot projects to demonstrate the positive impact technology can have in tackling Bend’s transportation challenges.

Initial projects include exploration of a micro-transit pilot to replace CET's discontinued Route 12, which served the University, COCC and Bend’s West Side, analysis of bike share, transit and Uber/Lyft data to inform the City’s planning process and development of a new city-wide bike share program.

Speaker Series

Our four-part lecture series, in partnership with Building a Better Bend, brought world-class experts to Bend for presentations on transportation innovations, and sharing the experiences of other communities.

Our first event, featured a panel discussion let by Frank Angelo. An audience of nearly 300 heard presentations on the state of the art in transportation, and asked wide-ranging questions of the panel.

The next event featured Jeffrey Tumlin of Nelson Nydard, whose TED Talk, "Sex, Neuroscience and the City" attract a crowd of over 325 and generates a lot of conversation. Jeff also presented a case study on values-based transportation planning to Move Bend and CTAC members in the afternoon.

Finally, Bend economists Steve and Michelle Porter presented their views on transportation demand, supply, prices and costs. Then Boulder, Colorado’s Director of Transportation, Mike Sweeney, talked about how his city’s creative solutions can help Bend tackle its biggest transportation concerns.