Jeff Schuler is the co-founder of the nonprofit bicycle organization, Bicycle Re-Source of Bend (BRoB). Mr. Schuler organized BRoB in 2011 as a result of the needs within the community for free or low-cost bicycles. As a longtime collector of used bikes of all types and sizes, he has responded to requests from both individuals and organizations with needs for safe, refurbished, and functional bicycles. Mr. Schuler is currently the president of the BRoB board of directors and is responsible for coordinating volunteers, accepting bike donations, delivering bikes, and providing as much energy as necessary to keep the organization going strong. The BRoB has provided bicycles to Central Oregon Veterans Outreach, The Loft, CASA, local churches, Bend Elks Kids Night, Family Access Network, Neighbor Impact, The Shepherd’s House, and many others. Mr. Shuler has a strong commitment to help people with need for a bike for basic transportation and healthy exercise. He has committed hundreds of volunteer hours and money to the advancement of bicycling in Deschutes County.
Big Chainring Award for Commercial Business: West Bend Property Company
West Bend Property Company has long understood the value of encouraging bicycle and pedestrian travel within the NorthWest Crossing development. The latest example of their continued “bicycle-pedestrian-friendly” design is when the extension of Lemhi Pass Drive was constructed; a grade-separated crossing of the existing trail on the north side of Skyliners Road was also established. The improvement has provided an “undercrossing” with the new roadway where trail users can continue to have unimpeded use of the trail withno safety conflicts. This particular improvement is just one example of how the developer has sought to build complete neighborhoods.
Big Chainring Award for Public Agency: Katie Hammer and Board of Directors, Redmond Area Parks and Recreation District (RAPRD)
The RAPRD Board and their executive director, Katie Hammer, have encouraged the development of the Radlands Trail Complex, a hiking and mountain biking trail system with 10 miles of natural surface trail at present and plans for more great terrain. Today, the Radlands has novice, intermediate, and advanced trails with trail views of the Three Sisters. Ms. Hammer brought the fledging idea to the District Board. Together they guided the idea through the requirements of Deschutes County, owner of the adjacent vacant land, and created an operating agreement between the two agencies. Central Oregon Trails Alliance and local volunteers have been instrumental in establishing the trails on the ground while the RAPRD Board adopted COTA trail standards for safer trail framework. The RAPRD Board has the intention for different user groups (mountain bikers, walkers, and equestrians) to work with each other and create solutions for any problems. The Central Oregon recreational community benefits from the work of the RAPRD Board and Ms. Hammer.
For more information about the annual Big Chainring Awards, please contact Deschutes County Associate Planner Cynthia Smidt at (541) 317-3150.