The Deschutes County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) has selected the 2013 Big Chainring Award recipients.
Paul Bertanga, Public Works Director with City of Sisters, is one of several Central Oregon recipients to be recognized on June 24 for their contributions to pedestrian and bicycle friendly environments in Deschutes County.
Paul’s recognition, the Big Chainring Award for a Project, is for being the driving force behind the planning, design, and construction of the Santiam Multi Use Path, a 2000 foot long bicycle and pedestrian hard surface path connecting Sisters’ downtown and residential areas to the City’s major shopping center on the west side of town. This roadway-separated path provides a comfortable and safe route for residents and visitors to Sisters. This project is an excellent example of the effectiveness, usefulness, and safety of a wide hard surface path separated from the highway. The path has received outstanding response from the community and it would not have happened without Mr. Bertagna’s efforts.
Since 1996, the Big Chainring Awards have been awarded annually to honor individuals, businesses, and public agencies that have made significant contributions in support of better bicycling and walking in Central Oregon.