LivableStreets' Director Wins National Advocacy Award


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Carolyn Szczepanski

Alliance for Biking & Walking

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Boston Leader Wins National Advocacy Award

jackieWashington, DC - March 8, 2011 - To shine the spotlight on the progress and victories of the bicycle and pedestrian advocacy movement, the Alliance for Biking & Walking is pleased to announce its 2011 Advocacy Award winners, including Boston leader Jacqueline Douglas.  


Since 2009, the Alliance has recognized the individuals, organizations and business leaders who are advancing the movement for safe, sustainable and equitable transportation networks with its national Advocacy Awards program.  


At a high-profile reception attended by hundreds of National Bike Summit participants, Jacqueline Douglas, director of the LivableStreets Alliance, was honored with the highest award: Advocate of the Year.  


"All our award winners are inspiring examples of the energy, enthusiasm and progress of our movement, but Jacqueline Douglas stands out," Jeff Miller, Alliance President/CEO, said. "This award goes to an individual who has shown tireless commitment to promoting bicycling and walking, and serves as a role model for other advocates across North America. In 2010, there was no advocate more tireless or worthy of modeling than Douglas."


Since 2004, LivableStreets Alliance has quickly evolved from a mere idea to an influential voice for multi-modal transportation improvements throughout the Boston region -- and Douglas has been a key reason for that rapid development. Having risen from the rank of intern, Douglas has worked to improve conditions for cyclists, pedestrians and transit users; increase membership for the organization, bring in grant funding for its programming and act as the face of LivableStreets at near-daily public meetings, volunteer gatherings and public speaking events.

For Douglas, working overtime is the norm and that tireless dedication shows in the sophistication and success of LivableStreets campaigns, including a Better Bridges initiative that's tackling the tough task of getting better provisions for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users on the region's river crossings. Despite her busy schedule, Douglas is generous with her time, frequently sharing her experiences and insights with other advocacy leaders across the nation. 

"I'm honored to receive this award and, above all, I'm proud to see the local achievements of LivableStreets Alliance receive national recognition for our efforts to improve bicycling, walking and public transit in the Boston region," Douglas said. "Particularly in a city with older infrastructure, like Boston, our work to retrofit streets and bridges is now a model for other cities. There's a growing desire across the nation to shift urban planning to create more livable communities, and it's gratifying to know that LivableStreets Alliance is playing a vital role in advancing that exciting trend."

To read more about the Better Bridges Campaign, click here.

Also honored at the reception were:
Advocacy Organization of the Year: Bike Pittsburgh 
Business Advocate of the Year: New Belgium Brewing Company
Winning Campaign of the Year: Michigan Complete Streets
Best Practices Award: Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award: Stephanie Routh, Willamette Pedestrian Coalition
Innovation Award: Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling

To read more about the 2011 Advocacy Award winners, click here >>>   

About the Alliance for Biking & Walking:

The Alliance for Biking & Walking is the coalition of more than 170 state and local bicycle and pedestrian organizations working together to promote bicycling and walking in North American communities. To learn more about the Alliance's Advocacy Awards and 2010 award winners visit    

About LivableStreets Alliance:

LivableStreets advocates for a better balance of biking, walking and public transit with automobiles to create safe streets and livable communities.

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