On Saturday night the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) held its 11th annual Alice Awards at the Oregon Convention Center. The sold out event hosted 600 Oregon bike advocates, politicians (past and present), industry leaders, and business owners. The event was a fundraiser for the BTA and a chance for them to honor Oregon’s “bike heroes.”
Here’s a few highlights from my perspective:
And a few lowlights (tiny things, given the great success of the night overall!):
- The bike parking was really bad. The “rack” in front of the entrance was actually a barricade and was very difficult to lock up to. I think next year it’d be cool to have a real bike rack pulled into the lobby!
- I was bummed to see so many people leave early. The empty tables made it feel like a lot of energy was lost from the crowd as the night went on.
- I was disappointed to not see more photos and slideshows of people on bikes on the big projection screen.
The BTA was the big winner on the night, raising thousands of dollars for their work, but here are the winning bike heroes that won Alice B. Toeclips awards:
- Jackie Dingfelder – a representative in the Oregon Legislature who helps the BTA pass bike-friendly laws in Salem.
- Jeff Bernards – a citizen activist who – with help from Shift to Bikes – started the “Get Lit” program that gives free lights to cyclists.
- Lillie Fitzpatrick – an active local advocate for Safe Routes to School.
- Jim Lawrence – he brought the BTA’s Bike Safety programs to over 300 Albany area kids.
- Darren Pennington – an employee of Providence Portland Medical Center who has organized Providence bike commuters into a strong voice and the result has been more commuters and improved bike facilities.
- Amy Wantulok – an employee of The Bike Gallery (Hollywood) has fostered and supported women riders in the community. Here’s a shot of the entire gang from Bike Gallery.
Check out the rest of my photos in the Alice Awards photo gallery.