Each year the Alliance for Biking & Walking recognizes the leading individuals and organizations responsible for engaging communities and promoting people-powered mobility.
On March 20, 2012 the Alliance for Biking & Walking announced the winners at a reception during the National Bike Summit. The 2012 Advocacy Award winners are:
Advocacy Organization of the Year: WalkBoston
Working to promote the economic benefits of walkable communities and engage underrepresented populations in planning, WalkBoston launched the successful "Good Walking is Good Business" campaign in 2011.
Advocate of the Year: Eric Rogers, BikeWalkKC
A passionate advocacy leader for the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation, and trusted, go-to expert on bike-ped issues. Rogers chairs the Kansas City Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee and serves as the executive director of BikeWalkKC.
Business Advocate of the Year: CLIF Bar
Thousands of people logged trips on the 2 Mile Challenge website tracking metrics like miles pedaled, car trips avoided and carbon dioxide saved. In addition, CLIF Bar donated $100,000 to the three nonprofits associated with the 2 Mile Challenge.
Winning Campaign of the Year: Bike Delaware
Through their "Walkable, Bikeable Delaware" campaign Bike Delaware advocated for and won $5 million in new, dedicated state dollars for biking and walking projects and programs.
Best Practices: League of Illinois Bicyclists
A model for other bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations, League of Illinois Bicyclists played a critical role in the effort to preserve dedicated funding for biking and walking in the next federal transportation bill.
Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award: Julia Field
Founder of Undriving, an artistic, energetic and effective program that empowers citizens to reimagine their travel habits in ways that protect the planet and improve community health.
Innovation Award: BikeTexas
BikeTexas has organized rides with policymakers, agency staff and nonprofit organizations that have cultivated important political relationships and built bridges with new constituencies, including a 2011 President's Award from the state NAACP for "going above and beyond the call of duty to develop interest in biking and green benefits from biking in the African American Community."
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