The Ride the River shuttle service for Bend summer river users will begin on Friday, June 15. The improved shuttle schedule provides an affordable alternative for those who float the river downstream and then want a ride back upstream, as well as reduces parking congestion along Drake Park.
This seasonal route will continue until Labor Day, September 3.
Ride the River is a self supporting Bend transit route part of Cascades East Transit and made possible by sponsorships, fares from riders, and public/private partnerships with Bend Radio Group and Sun Country Tours. Special thanks to this years sponsors: Western Beverage, Parilla Grill, Jiffy Lube, SELCO, Sonic, and Power 94.
This is the seventh year operating the Ride the River shuttle. The schedule allows the shuttle to run every half hour from 11:35am ? 6:45pm. Heat Wave Service - Due to the popularity of Ride the River during hot days, when temperatures are expected to be 90 degrees or hotter on a Saturday or Sunday the buses will run every 15 minutes.
Ride the River Fares (Friday - Monday): Users pay a standard single CET zone 1 fare ($1.50), and place their floats and rafts in the Ride the River trailer towed behind the shuttle. Riders are encouraged to purchase unlimited use day passes ($2.50) or monthly passes as well, with half price fares for disabled or senior riders. Multi-Zone passes are also accepted on Ride the River. All vehicles are wheelchair lift equipped.
Sun Country Tours will operate an equipment trailer at Riverbend Park this year by agreement with the Bend Metro Parks and Recreation District. Riders may purchase both Ride the River and Sun Country Shuttle passes, rent life jackets, float tubes and standup paddle boards. Free life jacket rentals are available for check out for those 14 years of age or under.
The popular route to float the Deschutes River includes stops at Farewell Bend Park, Drake Park (south end only), and McKay Park. Rafters must get out of the river before the Colorado Street Dam, walk along the portage path and then re-enter the river at McKay Park. River users are reminded that the Deschutes River includes dangerous rapids and fast currents and are encouraged to use caution and life jackets when on the river. Alcohol is illegal on the river. Drivers will only accept exact change, and only service animals are permitted.