The Deschutes County Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee seeks nominations for deserving individuals, businesses, and agencies to be recipients of its annual Big Chainring awards. Since 1996, the award recognizes those who have made a significant contribution towards the following:
- Improving bicycling and walking conditions in Deschutes County
- Encouraging children or adults to walk and ride their bikes
- Making Deschutes County communities healthier and happier
Nomination categories include Public Agency, Nonprofit Organization, Individual, Special Project, Commercial Business, Advocacy/Group, Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Peter Hanson Memorial Award.
The Committee includes the Peter Hanson Memorial Award for individuals in the community who have provided outstanding voluntary contributions. Peter was a Committee member that lost his battle with cancer in 2005. His volunteer contributions are in many trail building, environmental and outdoor enthusiast projects throughout our communities.
The awards will be presented during a Deschutes County Board of Commissioners business meeting on Monday, June 23.
2013 winners included Andy Barram – “Peter Hanson Memorial Award”, Rick Root (City of Bend) – “Lifetime Achievement Award”, Ken Cardwell, City of Sisters (Paul Bertagna), Bicycle Re-Source of Bend (Jeff Schuler), West Bend Property Company, and Redmond Area Parks and Recreation District (Katie Hammer and Board of Directors).