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      1st Annual BEST Awards Dinner in Eugene

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      May 21, 2019

      Tuesday   5:00 PM

      999 Willamette Street
      Eugene, Oregon

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      1st Annual BEST Awards Dinner

      Join us for the 1st Annual BEST Awards Dinner to recognize the individuals, organizations, programs or projects that have demonstrated excellence in improving the quality of transportation in our community. Be inspired by keynote speaker Mia Birk, who for 27 years has been at the forefront of active transportation, including co-founding and leading two firms, Alta Planning + Design and Alta Bicycle Share, Inc. (now Motivate, Inc., a part of Lyft). She also wrote Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet. Learn how BEST is bringing people together to promote transportation options, safe streets, and walkable neighborhoods. Register for just $90 per person and help support the efforts of BEST. If you would like to co-sponsor the event by buying a table, please contact BEST executive director Rob Zako at or 541-606-0931. Our judges have carefully reviewed over 50 nominations for the BEST Awards. We are excited to announce our finalists! BEST Award for Transportation Options Recognizing efforts to add new options or to improve the availability, practicality or affordability of existing options, especially for youth, seniors, people with low incomes, or people with mobility limitations, the finalists are: New Franklin Boulevard Phase 1 — multi-way boulevard in Glenwood completed in 2018 EmX West — bus rapid transit segment in Eugene opened in 2017 PeaceHealth Rides — bike share service launched in 2018 #YesRideChoice + Lyft + Uber — ride-hailing services introduced in 2018 Free Bikes 4 Kidz Eugene-Springfield — helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need BEST Award for Safe Streets Recognizing efforts to protect lives on our streets, especially for more vulnerable users, the finalists are:  Mill Race Path — recreational bicycle path from downtown Springfield to the Middle Fork Willamette opened in 2017 Active Amazon Transportation Corridor Project — “Ridgeline to River” link in southeast Eugene constructed in 2018 Sun Automotive — for airing safe driving radio ads Vision Zero Action Plan — Eugene’s safety plan adopted in 2019 Transportation Safety Action Plan + Fatal Crash Investigation Team — for taking steps to implement Lane County’s safety plan adopted in 2017 BEST Award for Walkable Neighborhoods  Recognizing efforts to design and build “complete neighborhoods,” where outside of commuting to work or having a “night out” you can get most everything you need within walking distance, the finalists are: Blossom Cottages — cottage cluster on River Road in Eugene opened in 2019 Amazon Corner — mixed-use mid-rise rentals on Hilyard Street in Eugene opened in 2018 Lucia + Arcadia — townhouses on Friendly Street in Eugene opened 2014–2019 The Oaks on 14th — affordable housing on Oak Patch in Eugene opened in 2017 Congratulations to all our finalists! Mia Birk appears thanks to LiveMove, the transportation and livability student group, and the Sustainable Cities Institute at the University of Oregon.       

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