Pulaski County bicycling enthusiast Thomas Hash has been named RIDESolutions’ 2014 “Bike Hero” for “building a bicycle culture in Pulaski County.”
Hash received the Sixth Annual Bike Hero Award Friday night during RIDE Solutions’ Night Riders Ball held at Kirk Avenue Music Hall in Roanoke. Ride Solutions is a nonprofit sustainable transportation program that provides transportation such as carpooling and public transit as an alternative to single-occupancy vehicles.
Hash was recognized for volunteering to build bike riding organizations and biking trails, and for creating a hub of biking activity at Draper Mercantile.
According to RIDE Solutions, the Bike Hero Award is presented to individuals who show dedication to “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.”
Friday night’s awards ceremony is part of RIDE Solutions’ celebration of Bike Month in Southwest and Central Virginia.
Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission operates RIDE Solutions in cooperation with New River Valley Planning District Commission and Region 2000. For more information on the program, visit www.ridesolutions.org.