Photo by Denis Largeron / Bicycling Magazine
Last week at the National Bike Summit in Washington DC, our former executive director Leah Shahum and our new executive director Noah Budnick shared the stage as they proudly accepted the Advocacy Organization of the Year award from the Alliance for Biking & Walking, the north American coalition of state and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy groups.
The Alliance for Biking & Walking is made up of more than 200 member organizations that promote walking and biking as healthy and sustainable forms of transportation and recreation.
According to the Alliance for Biking & Walking:
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition beat out 12 competitors to win the Advocacy Organization of the Year award, having impressed the judges with its stunning wins of 2014, including the Cesar Chavez Street redesign that has quadrupled the number of bicyclists on the street, its successful push for the city to adopt a Vision Zero goal of eliminating all traffic deaths and severe injuries by 2024, its victory in getting the SFMTA to commit to doubling the amount of funding dedicated to bicycle projects, and the passage of Propositions A and B, which helped provide much-needed transportation investments in the city, as well as the defeat of Proposition L, which would have prioritized car parking over people.
It’s a great honor to win this award and a testament to just how much progress we are making together for better biking in San Francisco.
We dedicate the award to all of our members, who are so passionate and committed, powering everything we do with ideas, action and support. This is your award too!