More than 300 supporters celebrated The Street Trust and the movement for active transportation at a sold-out Alice Awards last month. The event raised nearly $100,000 for The Street Trust’s programs to make walking, biking, and transit safe and convenient.
The Sprockettes got the fun started with a performance during happy hour. Multnomah Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson emceed the program.
The Street Trust Executive Director Jillian Detweiler shared a story about a father who came to a Street Trust advocacy training in Tigard to ask for a sidewalk so his son can walk to school. “If I could have grabbed a shovel and a bag of cement, I would have built a sidewalk that night,” she said. “But that’s not how it works. One shovel is a start, but it takes many shovels to build a safe route to school.” She urged support for safe routes to school funding as part of a Portland metro transportation measure and called on Metro to require all streets funded by the measure to meet a Vision Zero design standard. “Imagine a place where our transportation choices are not limited by the fear that we can’t get there safely on foot or by bike or on transit,” she said.
A video captured the Street Trust’s successful campaign to change state law to clarify bike lanes continue through intersections. According to attorney Ray Thomas who helped draft the legislation, “The Street Trust is simply the Oregon advocacy organization for non-motorized road users."
The Alice Award Winners!
The evening ended with the awards presentation.
Accepting her Emerging Leader award, Maria Sipin, said, “I like to think that I bring loving reminders about accountability and unwavering commitment to keep people of color at the center of what we do.”
The 2019 Alice Award winner is Rukaiyah Adams who was honored for her leadership of the Albina Vision. Adams told the crowd, “We [Albina Vision Trust] were adamant that communities should not require personal wealth to have people there enjoy safe streets...It’s about creating a place where all people can thrive, not just some people.”
A huge thank you goes to all the organizations and businesses that made the event possible!
The 2019 Alice Awards were presented by Thomas, Coon, Newton & Frost and sponsored by Forum Law Group Bike and Pedestrian Law, Lyft, AWS Elemental, Portland Bureau of Transportation, AAA Oregon/Idaho, Brink Communication, HDR, Jacobs, Kittelson & Associates,Metro, Nelson Nygaard, Oregon Department of Transportation, Pinpoint, Portland Streetcar, Tonkon Torp LLP, and Trillium Solutions. Thanks to our sustaining partners Nossa Familia Coffee, and Hopworks Urban Brewery for their continued support with a special shout out to NW Natural for printing the programs.
View photos from the 2019 Alice Awards courtesy of Flashback Photography PDX.