Each year the Walk Bike Nashville Board of Directors and Staff vote on awards to recognize the individuals or organizations, nominated by the Walk Bike Nashville Members, that have contributed the most to walking and biking over the past year. The awards are announced each year at the Walk Bike Nashville Annual Celebration.
Congratulations to this year's awardees:
Councilmember Burkley Allen -- Kibby Clayton Award for overall contribution to walking and biking
Councilmember Allen has been a tireless champion for walking and biking over the last eight years as the representative for District 18. During that time she has supported numerous transportation initiatives -- in her district and citywide including: Music Row bike lanes, Walking Districts, #DontBlockMyWalk Legislation, Belmont Boulevard improvements, transit, dockless vehicle regulations and more. The entire Walk Bike Community is grateful to Councilmember Allen for her leadership and advocacy.
Other Nominees: Dan Furbish (Oasis Bike Workshop), Stacy Dorris (Sidewalk Foundation and Pedestrian Death Registry), Councilmember Jeremy Elrod
Jason Radinger and Peter Bird -- Government Officials of the Year
Jason Radinger (Metro Public Works Bikeways Coordinator) and Peter Bird (Metro Planning Active Transportation Planner) are the behind the scenes leaders for all things bikes. The dramatic improvement in bicycle lane quality and quantity over the last couple of years are largely thanks to Jason and Peter. Their focus on expanding protected bicycle lanes around the city will have a lasting impact on Nashville for years to come. We look forward to riding on the many bicycle lane projects that they are currently working on!
Other Nominees: Councilmember Jeremy Elrod, Councilmember Burkley Allen, Councilmember Freddie O'Connell, Councilmember Mary Carolyn Roberts
Jason Garrett -- Advocate of the Year
If you have ever attended a commission or council meeting related to transportation, Jason was probably also there. As leader of the East Nashville Walk Bike Advocates and of the Shelby Hills Neighborhood Association, Jason is a true advocate for walking and biking issues big and small. His successes this year include the installation of a stop sign at 10th and Fatherland and assistance with the passage of dockless vehicle regulations. Thank you, Jason, for all of your dedication to making our streets safer.
Other Nominees: Dan Furbish (Oasis Bike Workshop), Stacy Dorris (Sidewalk Foundation and Pedestrian Death Registry), TURBO (Tactical Urbanism Organizers), Ride for Reading
Barge Design Solutions -- Business of the Year
Barge sets the example for walk and bike friendly businesses through their work and leadership in the community. Their support for active transportation this past year includes welcoming Walk Bike Nashville into their office for numerous events, leadership on the fight for transit in Nashville, and a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Business award from the League of American Bicyclists. In addition they set the bar high with the construction of their new office, which includes a world-class bicycle room.
Other Nominees: McNeely, Pigott & Fox; Bailey Company
David Schaefer -- Volunteer of the Year
Walk Bike Nashville cannot do its work without a large team of volunteers. No volunteer has given more in 2018 than David Schaefer. If you ever parked your bike at one of our bike valet events, David was there. When we needed a last minute volunteer to help with a kids bicycle rodeo -- David was who we turned to. David is calm under pressure, dedicated to active transportation and has been a huge part of our work this year. Thank you David!
A Randolph -- Instructor of the Year
Each year a dedicated team of instructors teach all of our community classes. A was a new instructor this year and stood out in their ability to connect to students of all ages and ability. From teaching people how to ride for the first time, to teaching safe city cycling skills A was effective, enthusiastic and compassionate. A makes our work easy, and we are so lucky to have them on our team!
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