This past winter several businesses and agencies have worked hard to ensure pedestrians have had clear paths to reach their destinations. On June 23, these businesses and agencies will receive Safe Sidewalk Awards from the Deschutes County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC).

The Safe Sidewalk Awards will be presented at the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners Business Meeting held on Monday, June 23 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held in the Barnes and Sawyer Rooms (first floor) of the Deschutes County Services Center at 1300 NW Wall Street in Bend.

Each year, the award serves as a positive reminder to businesses that promptly removing snow and ice from sidewalks helps ensure the safety of pedestrians and attracts customers. Along with the snow and ice of winter, there are many other hazards that are present year-round that need attention like low hanging vegetation, irrigation overspray, and deteriorating sidewalks. All of these conditions can create challenging and often dangerous conditions on sidewalks in commercial areas.

2013-2014 winners include:

City of Bend City of Redmond

Bend Parks and Recreation, Park Services No nominations received

Cedar West Apartments, 825 Watt Way

City of Bend, Downtown Campus

Deschutes County, 1300 NW Wall St.

McMenamins, 700 NW Bond

ODOT Region 4 District 10

Selco Community Credit Union, 88 SW Scalehouse Loop

Sidelines Sports Bar, 1020 NW Wall St.

Sterling Bank, 475 NW Windy Knolls

Touchmark at Mt. Bachelor, 19800 SW Touchmark

US Bank, 1442 NE 3rd St

Umpqua Bank, 828 NW Wall St.

City of La Pine Businesses City of Sisters

No nominations received Bronco Billy's Grill, 190 E. Cascade Ave

Leavitt's Western Wear, 100 E. Cascade Ave.

Rancho Viejo,150 E. Cascades Ave.

For more information about nominating a business next year for a BPAC Safe Sidewalks Award, please call the Deschutes County Community Development Department at (541) 317-3150.

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