BTA names 2012 Alice Award Winners

2012 Alice Award Winners:

  • Gail Achterman
  • John Landolfe and Brett Dobson
  • The von Borg Family
  • Will Vanlue

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance has just named their 2012 Alice B. Toeclips award winners… And one of them is BikePortland contributor Will Vanlue! Check the winners and excerpts from the BTA’s website about each of them below…

Gail Achterman (Bud Clark Award):

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Actherman in 2008.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The future Oregon that Gail Achterman helped build is something we can all be proud of. Gail was a pioneer for women in natural resources and transportation. During her four-decade career as a lawyer, policy expert, and chair of the Oregon Transportation Commission, Gail was a champion for biking and walking, guiding the OTC to direct 100% of Flexible Funds to non-highway projects.

(Note: Achterman passed away earlier this year after a bout with cancer. Read our recap of her life and work here.)

John Landolfe and Brett Dodson – Oregon Health Sciences University Bike Program

John Landolfe
(Photo © J. Maus)

In the last two years, John Landolfe and Brett Dodson have brought the bike program at OHSU into the regional and national spotlight. From instituting an online bike incentive program, to providing bike valet services, to earning gold Bike-Friendly Business status from the League of American Bicyclists, they have raised the bar in the bike community. With over 2,000 registered bicyclists participating in the bike program, OHSU is a leader in promoing healthy, sustainable transportation options for employees.

We’ve covered lots of the great work John, Brett, and others are doing to make OHSU one of the bikiest places in Portland.

The von Borg Family: Hillsboro’s Cycling Seven

“This Hillsboro family of seven is shaping the future of Washington County and transforming attitudes about who can ride a bike. Motivated by their desire to be better environmental and community stewards with fewer living expenses, the von Borgs switched from minivan to carfree lifestyle in January 2011. Since then, their commitment to living a mindful, carfree lifestyle has only deepened. Residing in Hillsboro with five active children, one dad with physical disabilities, and a mom working part-time, they traded off 4 wheels for 14 with refurbished bikes, repairs, rebuilding assistance, and helmets from WashCo BTC.”

Will Vanlue – Emerging Leader Award

Will Vanlue, self portrait

“As a Tigard resident who rides EVERYWHERE, Will has an intimate knowledge of just how dangerous bicycling in Washington County is, but he also understands just how good it can be. He’s using his time, energy and passion to move forward a vision of a safe, healthy and accessible Washington County for people walking and biking. He volunteers with both the BTA and Willamette Pedestrian Coalition, writes about Washington County issues for, sits on the Washington County Transportation System Plan update Citizen Advisory Committee, organizes and promotes bike fun events, and runs the blog “The Prudent Cyclist.” Will is a key citizen advocate and is instrumental to making bicycling safe and accessible in Washington County.”

Congratulations to all the winners! The Alice Awards gala is on May 5th. For more details check out the event website.

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

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11 years ago

Congrats to the winners!

I’d still like to know who was nominated?

Kiel Johnson / Go By Bike
Kiel Johnson
11 years ago

Congrats John and Brett!

and everyone else

Todd Boulanger
Todd Boulanger
11 years ago

Congrats – Welcome to the Alice roster.

Todd Boulanger
Todd Boulanger
11 years ago

Hey BTA – no award for the unknown I-5 stencilers?

matt picio
11 years ago

Odd that this year’s winners include no one from outside greater Portland. And what happened to the People’s Choice Alice Award?

11 years ago

Congratulations John and Brett! As a bike commuting OHSU-employee I very much appreciate your work.