BEND, Ore. -

The Deschutes County Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee seeks nomination for deserving individuals, businesses, and agencies to be recipients of the annual Big Chainring award. Since 1996, the award recognizes those that 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 that 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 County Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee discusses nominees in May, then selects the winners at its June meeting. The awards are presented during a Deschutes County Board of Commissioners business meeting on Monday, June 23.

2013 winners include 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).

Receive nomination forms on the Committee’s website at www.deschutes.org/BPAC . Please submit the nomination(s) and include a brief description of the nominee’s accomplishments on the official form by Monday, April 28 to:

Cynthia Smidt

Deschutes County Planning

117 NW Lafayette Ave.

Bend, OR 97701

cynthias@deschutes.org