We have great news to share this week: LACBC and local chapter Santa Monica Spoke are finalists for several Advocacy Awards from the Alliance for Biking & Walking, including Advocacy Organization of the Year!
The Advocacy Awards, which honor excellence in biking and walking advocacy each year, take place next Monday, March 7th, in Washington DC on the first night of the National Bike Summit. LACBC will be well represented there with staffers Tamika Butler, Eric Bruins, Ishraq Ali, and Hyeran Lee all heading to Washington DC next week on behalf of LACBC.
LACBC and our local chapters are represented as finalists in the following categories:
- Living Streets Alliance (Tucson)
- Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
- Walk San Francisco
We are thrilled to be finalists here after a big 2015 that included passage of Mobility Plan 2035, the launch of the Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance, a successful Operation Firefly season that distributed bike lights to 2,000 riders, a massive bicycle and pedestrian count with our partners, and more countywide coverage through our local chapter program and Southeast Cities work. This recognition is shared amongst all LACBC chapters, members, donors, and supporters.
- Tamika Butler, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
- Eric Bruins, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
- Fernando Martinez, formerly of BikeTexas
- Cathy Tuttle, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways
We admit it: it's a little surprising to see that two-elevenths of our staff were named finalists for Advocate of the Year. But we get it. As LACBC's Executive Director since December 2014, Tamika has guided LACBC with equity as a core value for all the work we do and, in the process, built strong relationships in areas affected by mobility issues. Her passion, combined with her charisma and sweet style (Have you seen her bow ties?), have inspired many to join (or re-join) LACBC and think beyond the bike.
As LACBC's Planning & Policy Director since 2012, Eric has helped expand LACBC's countywide by strengthening the local chapter program, building and maintaining partnerships, and being at the table when big decisions are being made. One of his key campaign victories of 2015 was the passage of Mobility Plan 2035, which required strategic online mobilizing, working with partners, and framing conversations around the plan to focus on the big picture. Eric also attends dozens of meetings each month so that you don't have to, and we are all very grateful for that.
- Keisa Bruce, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
- LeeAnn Fergason, Bicycle Transportation Alliance (Portland)
- Cynthia Rose, Santa Monica Spoke
As Director and founder of LACBC's local chapter Santa Monica Spoke, Cynthia has had a banner 2015! One of Santa Monica Spoke's key accomplishments this past year was to do outreach for L.A. County's first public bike share program: Santa Monica's Breeze Bike Share, which already has over 10,000 members (in a city of 92,500) in its short existence. As the local chapter representative on the Board of Directors of LACBC, Cynthia has also been integral in forming the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s Local Chapter Program to cover the vast county. Known also as “Purple” due to her love of the color, Cynthia has combined her advocacy with making bicycling fun.
- Cascade Bicycle Club, Move Seattle Levy
- Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Mobility Plan 2035
- Oregon Walks / Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Vision Zero