BTA announces Alice Award winners

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The BTA’s Alice Awards event isn’t until May 4th; but the winners have already been announced. See the press release below for details:

March 14th, 2013 – Portland, Oregon – The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) is excited to announce the winners of the 2013 Alice Awards & Auction, to be held on May 4th. This is the 18th year the BTA will honor select Oregon citizens for their work to make bicycling safe, more convenient, and more accessible.

As part of the BTA’s celebration around reaching the 50,000th student with bicycle safety curriculum, awardees were selected based on their efforts to make the nation, Oregon, and Portland a better place for bicycling.

The winners of the 2013 Alice Awards are:

US Rep. Peter DeFazio – Bud Clark Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Alison Hill Graves – Alice Award Winner

Kristin Warren – Alice Award Winner

The BTA will also honor Jay Graves for his contributions to the community at the Alice Awards on May 4th. Graves has previously been the recipient of both an Alice Award and a Bud Clark Lifetime Achievement Award. As Graves steps away from his role at Bike Gallery, the BTA is excited to thank him once again for his hard work and dedication to bicycling over the years.

US Rep. Peter DeFazio – Bud Clark Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Peter DeFazio is a stalwart supporter of bicycling and Safe Routes to School. In the past year he stood as the only member of congress to speak out in support of Safe Routes to School from the committee floor. He works hard to build better transportation policy and increased funding for active transportation.

In Washington DC, he amplifies the voice of people who ride bicycles and helps raise important issues that matter to people here in Oregon. Historically, he’s also helped bring increased funding for projects to the state.

Alison Hill Graves – Alice Award Winner

Alison Hill Graves built a new era for the Community Cycling Center and helped usher in a new way of thinking around equity and inclusion for the bicycle movement, both in Portland and nationally.

She began working for the CCC in 2006 and has overseen many successes at the organization, including the opening of the New Columbia Bike Repair Hub in 2012.

Kristen Warren – Alice Award Winner

Kristen Warren incorporates bicycle safety education into her health curriculum at Gresham High School, making her the first Gresham-Barlow teacher to do so in recent years.

Her teaching at Gresham High School means young adult students will learn how to ride bicycles safely and legally. Her work unlocks the environmental, financial, and health benefits of bicycling for students and families in the Gresham area.

Alice Awards puts spotlight on cycling’s superheroes

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It was a sell-out crowd.
(Photos © J. Maus)

The 2011 Alice Awards & Auction, presented by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, once again raised the bar for bike advocacy events in Portland. At a stunning new venue in the Pearl District, about 480 of our region’s bike luminaries showed up — and dressed up — for a night to honor great work by both the BTA and this year’s crop of Alice winners.

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In shift from tradition, BTA announces Alice Award winners prior to event

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Kiel Johnson, Mr. Bike Train

Citizen activist Kiel Johnson is one of
four winners announced today.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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”):

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Friday is last day to nominate your “bike hero” for Alice Award

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For some heroes, winning an Alice is
quite emotional.
(Photo © J. Maus)

There are just a few days left to nominate your bike hero for an Alice Award. The annual Alice Awards and Auction event hosted by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance is always a good time and it’s also a time to recognize the work of dedicated advocates from throughout Oregon.

The deadline to nominate your bike hero is this Saturday (1/22). The BTA will select three winners (over 30 people were nominated last year) and the announcement will be made at the big gala event on April 23rd.

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Alice Awards recap and slideshow

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Mayor Sam Adams addressed the crowd.
– Slideshow below/Gallery
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About 500 people turned out in their bike-chic best last night for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s 15th annual fundraising gala, the Alice Awards.

In marvelous outfits (see them in the slideshow below), bike lovers from around the state rubbed shoulders with fellow activists, politicians, bureaucrats, and industry luminaries. The mood was celebratory and optimistic and the energy was directed at one purpose: to raise money for the BTA. After signing in and perusing a number of raffle options and other items up for purchase, attendees gathered outside the venue under warm clear skies to watch a performance by The Sprockettes.

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BTA’s Alice Awards set for “Lift Off”

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Screenshot from Alice Awards site.

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) has unveiled a new website and theme for their 2010 Alice Awards and Auction event. They have also confirmed this year’s list of nominees.

“Alice lifts off: Soar with us on two wheels” is the tagline on the new website, which features a vintage aviator aesthetic (due to the hangar-like feel of the Bison Building where it’s being held).

The 15th annual event is the most important fundraiser of the year for the BTA (in 2008, they raised $150,000). In addition to ticket sales (which go for $100 a piece), it also includes both a silent auction and a live auction. Attendees dress in their off-bike finest and are treated to dinner and a night full of toasts to Oregon’s bike advocacy movers and shakers.

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Glitzy Alice Awards spawn a free version

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Graphic from the Too Po’ Fo’ Alice
event website.

As a reaction to the high price of tickets for the BTA’s Alice Awards & Auction fundraising gala, a group of well-meaning Portland bike activists have announced their own version — the “Too Po’ Fo’ Alice Potluck.”

On the event’s Facebook page, organizer of the potluck, Matt Picio writes,

“Do you have $100+ to go to the BTA’s Alice Awards this year? I don’t. Whatever you think of the BTA, that night is when the BTA recognizes that there are other people (gasp! who might not even be MEMBERS!) who also contribute to the bicycle community in Portland – and we also think they should be honored. So we’re going to an AFFORDABLE awards dinner that same night, and give our own awards to the Alice nominees who we feel have contributed most to Portland’s bike community.”

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Alice Awards red carpet photos and recap

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An estimated 750 came out
to toast the BTA.
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Saturday’s Alice Awards gala had all the glitz, glamour, and inspiration you’d expect when 750 of Oregon’s biking superstars get together to toast their collective success.

Since most of the crowd are used to meeting up at bike events and work meetings, many people use the night to show off their fashion sense. Check out a few samples below…

Here’s Portland Mercury reporter Sarah Mirk and her interesting choice in hats (one commenter on Flickr called her grin a “S-mirk”):

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BTA gears up for big Alice Awards bash

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(L to R) Mark Ginsberg (an Alice Award
nominee), Dat Nguyen, and Ben
Salzberg at last year’s Alice event.
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The BTA’s biggest annual fundraiser, the Alice B. Toeclips Awards and Auction, is happening this Saturday and the Portland-based non-profit is pulling out all the stops to make sure it’s a successful event.

They’ve lined up Congressman Earl Blumenauer as a speaker (update: he has cancelled), they’ve got auction prizes galore, and I’m sure many other fun surprises in store for attendees. This year’s Alice Award nominees include everyone from the Cross Crusade’s Brad Ross to perennial nominee Mark Ginsberg and BikePortland’s very own Elly Blue.

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