I got an unexpected email this morning from the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. The local bike advocacy group is working on their major fundraising event of the year, The Alice Awards and Auction (set for April 23rd); but instead of announcing the winners at the gala like usual, they decided to share the winners today.
Why? Here’s how the BTA puts it:
“…These individuals did not sit back and wait for the movement to come their way. “Why wait?” they asked. Instead, they took stock of their resources, looked to their allies and partners, and seized the moment of transformation.
Inspired by the actions of these individuals, the BTA asks the same question of ourselves. “Why wait?” Why keep the knowledge to ourselves, when we are bursting to shout it out to the world?”
So, without further ado, below are the 2011 Alice Award winners (a.k.a. “Bike Superheroes”):
Danielle and Alex Amarotico – Owners of Standing Stone Brewing Co. in Ashland and big supporters of bicycling in Southern Oregon. Learn more here.
Mia Birk – Winner of the Bud Clark Award — Mia really needs no introduction on this site. She’s the former PBOT bike coordinator turned planning consultant company CEO, and now author and public spokesperson for how cities can become more bike-friendly. Learn more here.
Steph Routh – Winner of the People’s Choice Award — If you read this site closely, you’ve surely seen an uptick in mentions of Ms. Routh. She’s involved with many grassroots bike happenings in Portland and since taking over the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition, Routh has put that group — and the issues they care about — smack dab in the center of local transportation conversations. Learn more here.
Congrats to all the winners! Your work is why Portland works for bikes.