About the Advocacy Awards

Posted: 02/26/2014

Since 2009, the Alliance for Biking & Walking has held the Advocacy Awards to recognize excellence in the bicycle and pedestrian movement.

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The 2014 Advocacy Awards ceremony, presented by Bicycling Magazine, will be held on the evening of Monday, March 3, 2014 at RFD.

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Where are the Advocacy Awards held?

The Alliance Advocacy Awards are held in conjunction with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit.

In 2014, the Awards will be from 8:30 to 11:30 on Monday, March 3 at RFD. RFD is just a short walk away from the Renaissance Hotel, where the National Bike Summit is held. Enter on 7th Street for a red carpet treatment.

What awards are given?

Awards are given in the following categories to recognize work done in the last calendar year.

Advocate of the Year

This award goes to an individual leader of a bicycling and/or walking advocacy organization who has shown tireless commitment to promoting bicycling and walking in his/her state/community. This person goes above and beyond the call of duty to transform his/her state/community into a great place for biking and walking. His or her time, knowledge, creativity, and commitment are the highest standard of excellence exemplifying a role model for peers.

Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award

This award commemorates Susie Stephens, one of the Alliance’s founders and an enduring inspiration for many members of the bicycle and pedestrian movement. The honor goes to an individual who carries on Susie’s passion for advocating for bicycling as a fun and economical means of transportation, as well as creating a safe biking and walking environment for all.

Advocacy Organization of the Year

This award goes to a bicycling and/or walking advocacy organization who, in the past year, made significant progress. Their leaders have worked tirelessly together to grow and strengthen their organization and fulfill their mission. The proof of their efforts is in the growth of their capacity and programs and the victories they have achieved for biking and walking in their state/community.

Winning Campaign of the Year

This award goes to an organization for a winning campaign, in the last year, which has had the biggest impact for bicycling and walking. Their victory will dramatically increase biking and walking in their state/community or will dramatically shift the way that biking and walking are considered.

Business Advocate of the Year

This award goes to a business, corporation or corporate employee who have constantly championed the cause of bicycling and walking advocacy. The time, money, and energy they have invested are evidence of their commitment to promoting bicycling and walking for healthier communities and sustainable transportation choices.

Bicycling Magazine People’s Choice Award

The 2014 Bicycling People’s Choice Award will be awarded to a state or local bike advocacy organization in recognition of exemplary work, executed within the past year, that significantly improved bicycling. The People’s Choice winner has made a notable positive impact on bicycling and bicyclists in their community, whether through breaking ground on bike infrastructure or programs to make bicycling accessible to more people more often. Nominations will be received through the Alliance for Biking & Walking, and the winner will be decided by popular vote on Bicycling.com.

How does the nomination process work?

  • The nominations process is open to the public.

  • Anyone can make up to ten nominations — limit two nominations per person, per award category.

  • Nominations for the 2014 Advocacy Awards were accepted from January 2, 2014 until January 16, 2014.

  • Many nominations are received for the Advocacy Awards. For example, in 2014 over 80 people were nominated for Advocate of the Year. Alliance staff members sort through all submissions to select the final nominees.

  • Depending on the award category, criteria for final nominee status may include overall demonstrated value to the biking & walking advocacy movement, breadth of organizational focus, or Alliance membership status.

Who decides who will win?

Final nominees in each Award category are considered by a panel of judges from throughout the biking & walking movement. A winner is chosen based on the averages of all judges’ scores. In addition to Alliance staff, the members of the 2014 Advocacy Awards judges panel are:

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