The Big Chainring Award
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee recognizes individuals, businesses, and public agencies that significantly support bicycling and pedestrian in Central Oregon. Since 1996, the annual Big Chainring Award has recognized individuals, businesses, and public agencies that make important contributions toward improving bicycling and walking conditions, encouraging children or adults to walk and ride their bikes, and making Deschutes County communities healthier and happier. 2017 Award news release and nomination form are below under "Supporting Documents."
Peter Hanson Memorial Award
In 2006, the Peter Hanson Memorial Award was introduced to honor those that have excelled in bicycle and pedestrian volunteering efforts. Peter was a Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee member who lost his battle with cancer in 2005. 2017 Award news release and nomination form are below under "Supporting Documents."
Safe Sidewalks Campaign
Since 2006, the annual Safe Sidewalks Campaign has recognized businesses that have made an extra effort keeping their sidewalks clear of snow and ice in the winter. In 2011, the award began to include and recognized year-round maintenance of sidewalks. Along with the snow and ice of winter, there are many other hazards that are present year-round that need attention. Many people are unaware that cities in Deschutes County are required by code business or property owners to clear ice or snow from the sidewalk adjoining their property within six hours of daylight. They are also required to maintain year-round pathways, keeping them clear of vegetation and other hazards that may encroach into the pedestrian's pathway. The Safe Sidewalks Campaign is BPAC's way of reminding county business and property owners of their responsibility to maintain clear sidewalks. These codes not only help make sidewalks safer, but encourage the good business practice of making it easier for a customer to arrive at their doors. To nominate a business through this process, please click on the link titled "Safe Sidewalks Media Release and Ballot" for information and the nomination form.