Meet This Year’s Alice Awards Winners!

Our annual Alice Awards are less than a month away – and we have a lot to celebrate! Get your tickets now and join us for an festive evening of drinks and street food!

Dozens of incredible advocates were nominated for this year’s awards, and we’re deeply grateful for their work to make it safe, easy, and affordable for everyone in our region to get around on foot, bike, or via public transit. Let us introduce you to this year’s Alice Award winners!

 

Youth Environmental Justice Alliance
2017 Alice Award

The Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA), a project of OPAL, creates low-income youth and youth of color leaders through political education, campaign organizing, and skill-building to address issues of Environmental Justice. The leadership program creates a space for marginalized youth to take action on the issues that directly impact them and their community.

YEJA led the way to get youth transit passes, YouthPass to the Future, for students in East Portland. Free TriMet passes for youth help youth access school, jobs, community, and friends. Thanks to the work of YEJA, the youth pass has been expanded to David Douglass and Parkrose High schoolers. This is a big victory for this group of smart and passionate youth.

 

 

Shane MacRhodes
2017 Bud Clark Lifetime Achievement Award

Shane is a dedicated member of the For Every Kid Coalition and was integral in helping win $125 million for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) in the recently passed statewide transportation funding bill. Shane is a leader in the SRTS steering committee where he organized the 2016 Oregon SRTS Conference, which engaged legislative champion Representative John Lively. Shane’s advocacy also includes planning a town hall in Eugene, presenting to legislative committees, and testifying with his kids before the Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization. Shane also helped build the foundation for a strong regional SRTS program in the Eugene-Springfield Metro area which included a strategic plan and funding.

Shane is dedicated to making streets safe for all in his region. He has started Kidical Mass in Eugene, a successful family ride that encourages families to take back the streets. He also leads yearly family camping rides for families in the area. Shane is a coach for the League of American Bicyclists, training League Cycling Instructors throughout the Northwest. He enjoys teaching new riders, kids, families, adults, and bike education instructors. When not riding with his kids to school or on big adventures, he’s continuing his work to make Eugene the best city for biking in Oregon!

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