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Date Published: 2014-04-17

Contact: Meg Ragonese

Phone: (775) 888-7172

Title: Bicycle-Pedestrian Awards 2014

Story Text:

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Nevada bicycling and pedestrian resources were recently recognized by the Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board's annual awards program.

The awards, presented at the 12th annual Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Summit in Reno, single out individuals, agencies and groups for improving bicycle and pedestrian facilities, safety and advocacy.

"Bicycling and walking offer many benefits. They make us as individuals and families healthier and they connect and enhance communities and reduce congestion and vehicle emissions," board chairman Dennis Stark said. "Whether you have personally walked or bicycled a Nevada roadway or trail, or simply reaped the societal benefits, you've got these winners' dedication and hard work to thank. From cities that have extensively incorporated bicycling into their community plans to individuals who promote safe biking, the winners have helped give our state more means of transportation. Our communities and commutes are better for it."

Bicyclists and pedestrians currently make up to 12 percent of all trips in the U.S. With proven environmental, economic and health benefits, the public demand for bicycling and walking opportunities is growing. Bicycling and pedestrian planning across the state have shown a surge in public interest in bicycling and walking, with more than half of vehicle users surveyed saying they would drive less if other forms of commuting were available.

The Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board was created by the Nevada Legislature to advise state agencies on policies, programs and facilities, as well as promote programs and facilities for the safe use of bicycles and pedestrians in the state. The board consists of 14 members appointed by the Governor. More information is available at (775) 888-7433 (RIDE) or by clicking on the Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board link at www.bicyclenevada.com.


2013 Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Award Winners

Lifetime Service: Mark Kimbrough - former long-term member of Nevada

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board & trails champion

Advocacy/Activist: 1) Erin Breen - Safe Communities Partnership, Las Vegas

2) Kelly Clark - Muscle Powered, Carson City

Event Planning/Promotion: 1) No-Hill Hundred, Churchill County Parks &

Recreation

2) Bubba Melcher

Individual Employee-Agency: 1) Ron Floth - Regional Transportation

Commission of Southern Nevada

2) Shari Whalen - City of Fernley

Agency: City of Henderson

Bicycle/Pedestrian Organization: Look Out Kids About (LOKA)

Special Recognition: Downtown Group - Las Vegas