In America's most bike-friendly city, cycle heroes abound. So, in recognition of these holy rollers, Portland's Bicycle Transportation Alliance is gearing up nominations for this year's Alice B. Toeclips awards. And they are asking for more community input.
Ah, the Alice award. Michelle Poyourow, BTA Events & Outreach Director, says it is the Oscar equivalent in this two-wheeled town.
“It's a super-awesome trophy,” Poyourow says.
The iconic awards (a tasteful toeclip mounted on wooden stand) are presented each year at the BTA's charity auction. They go to people who, according to the BTA, “go above and beyond the call of duty to make their communities bicycle friendly.”
According to Poyourow, five awards are granted each year, with no set categories in mind. Occasionally, a sixth award is granted for lifetime achievement. Anybody can be nominated, and the awards have gone to big political movers and shakers on down to street level neighborhood activists.
This year's nominations currently include: Jonathan Maus of BikePortland.org; the Bicycle Repair Collective in Portland; Savannah Teller-Brown, “for her work on the effects of exhaust on bicyclists;” and Mark Ginsberg, Portland's fixie-friendly lawyer, among several others.
A six-member panel will consider all nominations before voting.
Past awards have gone to Rep. Earl Blumenauer (helped make PDX bike friendly), Rick Bauman (founder of Bridge Pedal), and Lillie Fitzpatrick (active in the Safe Routes to School program).
The BTA is seeking nominations for Alice award recipients until January 20th. Go to www.aliceawards.com to recognize your favorite pedalin' powerhouse. Winners will receive their awards at the BTA charity auction on March 10th.