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The League of American Bicyclists (LAB) announced their annual awards on March 1, the first day of the National Bike Summit. Our own Executive Director, Sarah Clark Stuart, was named Advocate of the Year!

Photo of Sarah Clark Stuart at City Hall in Philadelphia with quote: I have two hopes for bicycling in 2021. First, that increasing bike trips is a serious component of President Biden's climate policy and consequently, transportation infrastructure funding is directed to accelerate the construction of high quality bicycle networks. Secondly, I hope that bicycling can begin to shed its reputation as being dominated by only one demographic; bicycling is so heterogenous in terms of who rides, where they ride, what they ride and why they ride, but that diversity is not recognized or highlighted.

Here’s is a summary of her award (from the League’s blog):

Advocate of the Year

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

 

OUR 2021 AWARD GOES TO SARAH CLARK STUART OF BICYCLE COALITION OF GREATER PHILADELPHIA

Sarah Clark Stuart‘s leadership led to several of the Bicycle Coalition’s key accomplishments in 2020: conceiving the proposal that led to Philadelphia and Camden winning a $23 million TIGER trail-building grant; naming and building out the Circuit; lobbying successfully for legislation mandating the inclusion of bike parking in new construction projects and Philadelphia’s Complete Streets policy; and advocating for Mayor Kenney to adopt a Vision Zero goal to eliminate traffic deaths by 2030.

 

WHAT WAS A RECENT MOMENT OF BIKE JOY IN YOUR WORK?

My biggest joy is going for a bike ride on Martin Luther King Drive, which the Bicycle Coalition was instrumental in getting closed to motor vehicles in March 2020. It’s a glorious feeling to ride on four miles of an open road without fear or stress. I feel tremendous pride that we made it possible for hundreds of thousands of people to safely enjoy that glory over the past twelve months.

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