Now in itâ€™s 13th year, the BTA awards the Alice Awards to individuals, businesses, and organizations in Oregon and SW Washington whose work has effectively improved conditions for bicycling and increased the livability of our communities.
The annual Alice Awards & Auction honors bicycle advocates from Oregon and SW Washington and raises funds to support the advocacy work of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. All of the proceeds of the auction go to support the BTA’s continuing work to increase safe and convenient bicycle transportation for people and families of all ages and abilities. In 2007, 725 people attended and the auction netted $74,000 to this end.Â This yearâ€™s event sold out at over 750 tickets.
As participation in bicycling continues to grow and gain momentum, the number of people worthy of recognition has grown right along with it.Â This year there were nearly 40 nominees, all of them making a unique, irreplaceable contribution to bike friendliness in their communities.
The 2008 Alice B. Toeclips Award winners are:
Floyd Prozanski, Oregon State Senator
Floyd Prozanski represents Southern and Eastern Lane County and Northern and Eastern Douglas County in the State Senate. As a prosecutor, he is acutely aware of the need for improved public safety; as a legislator, he has proposed and passed important legislation to improve the safety of bicyclists. In 2007 he was a driving force in passing several important bicycle safety bills: SB 108, creating the offense of “unsafe passing of a person operating a bicycleâ€; HB 3314, imposing harsher penalties on drivers who injure “vulnerable users” of roads; and SB 789, giving us â€œShare the Roadâ€ license plates whose proceeds will fund bicycle education.
Ann Donaca-Sullivan and Patty Verzani, Bike First!
Both mothers of children with special needs, Ann and Patty watched anxiously as their youngsters struggled to learn how to ride a bike. When they read about a national organization that helps kids with disabilities become independent riders, Ann and Patty knew instantly that they had to bring the program to Portland. The week-long camp was a remarkable success; now in its third year, Bike First!, the Portland, Oregon affiliate of Lose the Training Wheels, will forever change the lives of more than 100 children and their families this summer. Ann and Patty exemplify the spirit of bicycle advocacy, devoting their time and talent to this unique program that offers the opportunity to experience the joys of cycling. Together they are enabling Portland’s biking community to embrace riders of all abilities.
Mel Huie, Metro Parks and Greenspaces planner
Senior planner at Metro Parks and Greenspaces, Mel Huie has spent years facilitating the creation of the regional trails system, coordinating regional planning with Vancouver, Washington, withstanding oft-threatened budget cuts, and thinking outside the box on projects including the Fanno Creek Trail. He is appreciated by the community for his ability to constantly spot new possibilities for trails and get them entered on the regional map as well as his work ethic and dedication to bicycle advocacy on the infrastructure level. Huie’s efforts make the everyday positive experiences of the thousands of cyclists exploring our trails possible.
More than 40,000 cyclists have experienced a fabulous ride in Oregon’s beauty through Cycle Oregon tours. Visiting unique rural areas for the past twenty years, Cycle Oregon has connected riders to the land and local communities, showcasing the potential for bicycle transportation to encourage not just tourism but active participation in the life of a state. They have also provided more than $120,000 in local revenue to the areas through which the ride passes and raised proceeds designed to support community projects and bicycling advocacy. Cycle Oregon’s recent projects include an annual policymakersâ€™ ride and working with Travel Oregon to sponsor the Oregon Bike Summit.
Chief Jon Zeliff, Central Point, OR, Police Department
Police Chief Jon Zeliff of Central Point is committed to bicycle safety, education, and the use of bicycles in law enforcement. Within the police force, his efforts to ensure that bike patrol officers have the finest equipment available to do their jobs safely and efficiently are deeply appreciated. He has been supportive of the department’s bicycle education program as well as community-wide efforts to promote cycling participation and safety. Chief Zeliff has also purchased bicycle helmets for children, helped the bike patrol put on three children’s bike rodeos, and supported the officers’ leading the annual â€œRide of Silenceâ€ with Siskiyou Velo.
This year the BTA will be awarding a special Bud Clark Award for Lifetime Achievement to:
Jay Graves, Bike Gallery owner
Jay Graves, a Portland native, is CEO and owner of The Bike Gallery. The Bike Gallery has been a family owned business since its inception in 1974 and has 6 neighborhood locations throughout the Portland Metro area.
Jay has four kids, ages 18-24, two of which work in the stores continuing the family tradition. He recently married Alison a cycling enthusiast that works for the Community Cycling Center as their development director.
Jayâ€™s passion is for his business and getting people on bikes. He frequently presents on the connection between the need to get more people bicycling and a strong local community and economy. Jay is active in the community and sits on numerous boards to achieve these goals: he currently is the Chairman of the National Bicycle Dealers Association; serves on the board of Cycle Oregon and Advisory Board to the Community Cycling Center. Jay is a founding Board Member of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Jay was appointed to the Oregon State Parks Commission in 2007.
His vision for cycling in Portland is to be the â€œAmsterdam of Americaâ€ where cycling trips account for over 30% of all trips.