Every year we’re excited by the enthusiasm and support for safe streets and better bicycling we see at the Alice Awards & Auction. This year was no exception, and we want to thank everyone of the hundreds of guests who came out support the Bicycle Transportation Alliance.
Photos: Jaime Donoho
Saturday night’s event highlighted the impact of the BTA’s bicycle safety education programs. By teaching children to ride safely we are creating generations of responsible residents on bicycles, some of whom have already grown into leaders in our community.
Congressman Peter DeFazio, recipient of this year’s Bud Clark Lifetime Achievement Award, was unable to attend but spoke to the audience in a video from a bike shop in Eugene.
DeFazio described the long, hard fight he and others have gone through to get bicycle transportation and Safe Routes to Schools the funding they both deserve. Even thought he’s been fighting hard for funding since the 1990s, DeFazio enthusiastically said he’s “not done yet” and wants to see full funding restored for Safe Routes to Schools and the development of a nation-wide network of rural roads that are truly safe for bicycling.
Later in the evening the BTA honored former Bike Gallery owner Jay Graves for his lifetime of service to bicycling and to Portland. Graves had previously received the Bud Clark Lifetime Achievement Award recipient so, instead, he was awarded with a lifetime BTA Membership.
As Trek Bicycle Corportation President John Burke pointed out, “Jay Graves was into bicycle advocacy long before any retailers around the country.” More than simply influencing his local community Burke explained how Graves built his “greatest legacy…by sharing his experience with other retailers around the country.”
The BTA also wants to thank Jonah Luke who treated the crowd to two enjoyable songs throughout the evening.
Jonah’s talents were highlighted in the live auction where he teamed up with Executive Director Rob Sadowsky and Susan Otcenas, BTA Board Member and co-founder of TeamEstrogen.com, to give one lucky guest a catered dinner and private concert. Green Clean added their services to the package as well to ensure clean up after the concert will be a breeze.
Another lively exchange of bidding came about when a trip for two from LifeCycle Adventures and BTA Board Member Adnan Kadir came up for auction. Along with a terrific two-day adventure, the winning bidder walked away with airfare from Alaska Airlines.
At the end of the evening, attendees also enjoyed a delicious scoop of Salt & Straw ice cream. Not only did Salt & Straw donate dessert for all the guests, they also included an ice cream party for 100 for the live auction, which went to another lucky attendee who purchased a golden ticket earlier in the evening and who now is surely in good standing with 99 of her hungriest friends.
Finally, we want to thank every single BTA Member, whether they attended Saturday’s event or not. Without the support of our generous members our work wouldn’t be possible.
After all the excitement on Saturday we’re already looking forward to 2014′s Alice Awards!
Roll on, future city.