Who helped lead the way last year to put more bicyclists on the road and create a safer environment for them?
It’s a worthy list, and I don’t envy the task of narrowing the huge list of people working to improve bicycling conditions in the U.S. to just these few. If you know any of these folks, give them a pat on the back next time you see them and say thanks from all of us.
They were honored at the National Bike Summit ongoing this week in Washington DC. They are:
Eric Rogers, executive director of BikeWalkKC, has been a long-time advocate on a statewide — Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation — and local level. He’s well known for attending and testifying at public meetings regarding bicycle and pedestrian issues.
California-based energy bar maker CLIF Bar created the 2-mile Challenge to get people to bike short trips, instead of driving them. The company also donated $100,000 to three nonprofits, including the Alliance for Biking & Walking.
Bike Delaware convinced the state of Delaware to fund $5 million for statewide bicycling and walking programs.
The League of Illinois Bicyclists was recognized for establishing long-time relationships with elected leaders to gain support for bicycling on a national level.
Joyful Enthusiasm Award
Julia Field of Seattle was recognized as founder of the Undriving, which documents the lifestyle of getting around without a car. People who give up their cars are issued Undriver Licenses. The award memorializes Alliance co-founder Susie Stephens.
BikeTexas creates interest in bicycling on the bureaucratic and grassroots levels. Its traveling bicycle fleet gets support for bicycling programs by inviting public officials and community activists on bike rides.
WalkBoston has helped create a walkable community by promoting improvements to policies and infrastructure.