2017 Bike Hero and Extraordinary Bike Professional Awards

We’re proud to announce the recipients of our 2017 Bike Awards – Paul Daul of Lynchburg, VA for the Bike Hero award and Mackenzie Jarvis of Blacksburg, VA for our Extraordinary Bike Professional.  Read below for more on the great work these women are doing for cycling in the region.

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2016 Extraordinary Bike Professional Award Winners

At the end of May, we recognized some amazing people in the region who have helped make cycling safe and accessible for everyone.  Now that things have calmed down a bit, we wanted to take a moment and introduce you to them.  First up, our Extraordinary Bicycle Professional award winners: Kali Casper and Anne McClung.

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2012 Bike Month Award Winners Announced

The Regional Bicycle Advisory Committee, organized by the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, is excited to announce the winners of its 4th Annual Bike Hero and Extraordinary Bike Professional awards.  Award winners will be recognized at the Mayor’s Ride on Saturday, May 5th, 9:45 am.  Mayor David Bowers and RIDE Solutions Program Director Jeremy Holmes will present the winners with their plaques and describe what each has done to improve cycling in the greater Roanoke region.  The presentation will take place in the Bennington Park parking lot of the Roanoke River Greenway, near the water treatment plant immediately before the start of the ride.

The Bike Hero Award is awarded to an individual who has shown dedication to the use and advocacy of the bicycle as a transportation alternative in their day-to-day activities, their work in the community to improve bicycle accommodations, and their encouragement through advocacy or by example for others to replace vehicle trips with bicycle trips.  Rob Issem is the winner of the 2012 Bike Hero award.  Rob is recognized for his personal dedication and passion for cycling in all of its forms, whether for transportation, recreation or utility; his tireless support of many bicycling programs and organizations; and his clear goal of making bicycling fun for everyone in the Roanoke Valley.

The Extraordinary Bicycle Professional Award is given to an employee in the public or private sector who has shown remarkable leadership in encouraging the use of bicycling as a transportation alternative.  Wake Fulp is the winner of the 2012 Extraordinary Bike Professional award.  Wake is recognized for his support for cycling through both his professional and personal activities; his work with the Junior Cycling team and passion for mountain biking; and the valuable services he provides to the bicycling community and his customers through his knowledge and expertise of the bicycle business.

The Bike Month Awards are part of Bike Month in Roanoke.  The Bike Month mission is to bring attention to both the opportunities and challenges of bicycling as recreation and transportation in the Roanoke Valley by creating events that involve all interest, skill, and age level of cyclists.   More information can be found at www.bikeroanoke.com.

RIDE Solutions is a service of the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission.

2011 Bike Hero and Extraordinary Bike Professional Award Winners Announced

Roanoke, Va., July 6, 2011 – The Regional Bicycle Advisory Committee, organized by the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, is excited to announce the winners of its 3rd Annual Bike Hero and Extraordinary Bike Professional awards.  The awards honor individuals who have shown extraordinary dedication to improving bicycle accommodations, education, access, and safety in the region.  Individuals were nominated throughout Bike Month, and winners were selected by the Regional Bicycle Advisory Committee.  The awards and winners are as follows:

Wesley Best, Bike Hero:  The Bike Hero Award is awarded to an individual who has shown dedication to the use and advocacy of the bicycle as a transportation alternative in their day-to-day activities, their work in the community to improve bicycle accommodations, and their encouragement through advocacy or by example for others to replace vehicle trips with bicycle trips.

Wesley Best, owner of the East Coasters Bike Shops, has been recognized as a Bike Hero for his tireless work on cycling, both as a business owner helping customers find the right bike for their needs, as well as a community activist making practical, tangible improvements in cycling accommodations in the valley.  He has been involved in extensive trail building work at Carvins Cove, volunteering his own time and leading groups of volunteers to add and maintain the Cove’s myriad mountain biking paths.  His advocacy work includes attending this year’s National Bike Summit and meeting with congressional representatives to lobby for continued, strong funding of improvement in bicycle infrastructure.  His shop has sponsored a number of events in the area, including the Junior Cycling Team, an effort to get more kids into healthy, competitive cycling.

Liz Belcher, Extraordinary Bike Professional:  The Extraordinary Bicycle Professional Award is given to an employee in the public or private sector who has shown remarkable leadership in encouraging the use of bicycling as a transportation alternative.

Liz has been the driving force behind the regional greenway network, one of the best things to happen to cyclists of all stripes in the Roanoke Valley.  Her dogged determination in seeking to complete this trail has resulted in a multiple-mile, paved, easy-to-ride bicycle highway that continues to connect some of the major activity centers in the Roanoke Valley.  With the recent completion of the Wasena bridge and expansion of the greenway into Vic Thomas Park, it’s now possible to bike from Downtown Roanoke to the Grandin Village almost entirely off-road, and the presence of the greenway is an important catalyst in the upcoming revitalization of the Wasena neighborhood. Because of Liz’s work with planning, fundraising, event organizing, and her ability to work with the many jurisdictions and stakeholders, public and private, involved with the greenway, we are pleased to recognize her with this award.

2010 Bike Hero and Extraordinary Bike Professional Award Winners Announced

The Regional Bicycle Advisory Committee, organized by the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, is excited to announce the winners of its 2nd Annual Bike Hero and Extraordinary Bike Professional awards.  The awards honor individuals who have shown extraordinary dedication to improving bicycle accommodations, education, access, and safety in the region.  Individuals were nominated throughout Bike Month, and winners were selected by the Regional Bicycle Advisory Committee.  The awards and winners are as follows:

Jamie Taliaferro, Bike Hero

Jamie Taliaferro, Bike Hero 2010

Jamie Taliaferro, Bicycle Hero: The Bike Hero Award is awarded to an individual who has shown dedication to the use and advocacy of the bicycle as a transportation alternative in their day-to-day activities, their work in the community to improve bicycle accommodations, and their encouragement through advocacy or by example for others to replace vehicle trips with bicycle trips.

Sixth-grader Jamie Taliaferro has been recognized for his daily dedication to riding his bike to school, a habit he brought with him from his previous home in Colorado.  Given that his suburban neighborhood is not entirely bicycle friendly, the undertaking required some planning and cooperation by his school, which created safe parking for his bicycle and installed signage making drivers aware of bicyclists on the campus.  The Valley’s notoriously hilly topography contributes to an up-hill ride home, but the presence of a nearby greenway makes it easier for Jamie to make his trip with minimal conflict with motor vehicles.

Among the benefits cited by both Jamie and his mother, Patty, are improved health, increased concentration both at school and doing homework in the evenings, and the sense of independence Jamie gets from being in charge of his own transportation.  A video interview with Jamie can be seen on the RIDE Solutions YouTube channel at tinyurl.com/jamiehero.

Mark Jamison, Extraordinary Bike Professional: The Extraordinary Bicycle Professional Award is given to an employee in the public or private sector who has shown remarkable leadership in encouraging the use of bicycling as a transportation alternative.

Mark Jamison, Extraordinary Bike Professional 2010

Mark Jamison, Extraordinary Bike Professional 2010

Through Mark’s guidance and leadership, and more importantly, his direct participation in the planning and provision of bicycle accommodations, the City of Roanoke has made great strides in its efforts to facilitate and promote bicycling, locally and regionally.  Beyond his general duties as the City of Roanoke Transportation Division’s Manager of Transportation, Mark’s dedication and commitment is exemplified through his service on the City of Roanoke Bicycle Advisory Committee, the Regional Bicycle Advisory Committee, the Ciclovía planning committee, as well as his participation in various bicycle, pedestrian, and greenway-related meetings and activities too numerous to mention. Additionally, Mark has been integral in developing the city’s Complete Streets Policy, Street Design Guidelines, Safe Routes to School Programs, and the Regional Bikeway Plan. Mark has also made consideration of bicycle accommodations an integral component of the Transportation Division’s annual paving program. Additionally, Mark’s leadership and ongoing commitment to promoting and facilitating cycling were instrumental in the City of Roanoke’s recent designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Cyclists in May 2010.