Published on February 16th, 2015 |


PATH400 awarded Bicycle Coalition’s Blinkie for New Project

Buckhead’s PATH400 Greenway Trail was among eight local organizations and individuals honored for their contributions to bicycling at the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition’s Seventh Annual Blinkie Awards party Feb. 13 at the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center.

The PATH400 trail project was honored with a Blinkie Award for “New Bike Project of the Year”. The Bicycle Coalition noted, “This project is making waves in Buckhead and beyond, and will

Livable Buckhead Executive Director Denise Starline (center) receives the Blinkie Award Feb. 13 from Atlanta Bicycle Coialition Executive Director (at right) and an unidentified person.

Livable Buckhead Executive Director Denise Starline (center) and PATH Foundation’s Pete Pellegrini receive the Blinkie Award Feb. 13 from Atlanta Bicycle Coialition Executive Director Rebecca Serna (at right).

eventually help connect North Atlanta with the Atlanta BeltLine.”

Livable Buckhead Executive Director Denise Starling was on hand at the Friday night event to accept the award on behalf of LBI, Buckhead Community Improvement District Executive Director Jim Durrett, and PATH Foundation Executive Director Ed McBrayer.

“We are thrilled to receive this honor from the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and are getting underway with phase II (of PATH400) to keep the excitement going,” Starling told BuckheadView.

Bike Coalition Award“The annual Blinkie Awards is a celebration of the people, projects, and organizations making Atlanta better by bike,” according to an announcement of the awards by the coalition. More than 300 members and special guests attended the event.

“The Blinkie Awards are our way of recognizing the shining lights making Atlanta better by bike,” says Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Rebecca Serna. “It’s easy to get caught up in the great progress Atlanta is making when it comes to biking — we think it’s important to stop and say ‘Thank you’ on a job well done.”

In addition to PATH 400, the other seven Blinkie Award winners and the award comments were:

  • Citizen Advocate of the Year: Brent Brewer, People for a Livable Lee Street. “Brent’s tireless advocacy for a walkable, bikeable, livable Lee Street in Southwest Atlanta is bringing together neighborhood residents, businesses, and parents to work for change.”
  • Cadence Volunteer: Mark Schmitt. “Mark is the epitome of the Cadence Volunteer, setting the pace by participating in every event he possibly can. Over the years he’s become our go-to event volunteer. ‘Count on Mark’, as we say around the office.”
  • Elected Official of the Year: Andre Dickens, Atlanta City Council Member-at-Large. “Councilmember Dickens was elected only last year but is already having an impact through his thoughtful approach to governing. Dickens was a spokesperson for our annual Bike To Work Day activities last year.”
  • City Leader of the Year: Amy Phuong, City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner. “Commissioner Phuong has long been an adviser to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, and has played a key role in the success of Atlanta Streets Alive and getting biking on the city’s priorities.”
  • Bike Program/Plan: Georgia State University Sustainability Office and Bike Committee. “The Sustainability Office and Bike Committee launched an ambitious bike planning process last year, with support from the Atlanta Regional Commission, and held a first of its kind university bike summit that was both well intended and impactful.”
  • ABC Partner of the Year: “Atlanta BeltLine Partnership has been a key partner of ABC’s since its inception, and last year marked an even closer relationship, with collaborations on the biweekly Atlanta BeltLine Bike Tours, the annual tour, and the Southern Charm Trail Etiquette campaign.”
  • Agency Staff of the Year: Michael Smith, Public Works Director for the City of Dunwoody. “As Dunwoody makes strides towards become a bike-friendly place to live, Michael Smith has taken a measured, balanced approach to paving the way.”

“Bike lanes, bike paths, bike share–there’s so many opportunities to get around Atlanta without stepping foot in your car,” said City Councilmember-at-Large Dickens. “It’s exciting to see the

Andre Dickens

Andre Dickens

progress being made.”

Michael Black of Georgia State University said, “We were thrilled to be recognized by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. We have great ambitions for the future and we feel like we have the ability to make these happen thanks to the ABC’s support.”

Cadence Volunteer Award winner Schmitt said, “It’s wonderful to be a small part of the huge change that’s happening in Atlanta thanks to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.”

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