Downtown On the Go presents the Transportation Innovator Awards annually to acknowledge and celebrate work being done that helps meet the Downtown On the Go goal of reducing the number of single-occupancy vehicles by 11 percent in downtown Tacoma. Nominees are selected for one of five awards, based on the five categories.
Each year, nominees are reviewed by a committee and Downtown On the Go recognizes the Transportation Innovator Award Winners at our Annual Luncheon.
2018 Award Winners:
Tacoma Creates: Tacoma creates is committed to including transportation equity in their proposal to fund and elevate arts and culture in Tacoma. They envision a community where access to arts programing is not dictated by where you live. Their innovative inclusion of transportation means that our most vulnerable community members will have more opportunities to be a part of Tacoma’s arts and cultural resources.
BIKING STRONG AWARD
Mayor Victoria Woodards (City of Tacoma): The mayor, recently exposed to the joys and benefits of riding bikes, has embraced this not only personally, but as a vital part of a multimodal community. One only has to look all over the streets of Tacoma to see lime and what she has actively supported.
BIG STEP/BOLD PROGRAM
Tacoma to Puyallup Cohort: The Tacoma to Puyallup Cohort has taken on a challenging but extremely impactful mission of connecting a crucial part of the Tahoma to Tacoma trail network. This cohort took large steps this year to move forward on this work. As a group they travelled to Copenhagen to take a master class and learn from Danish and Swedish counterparts. They have created a plan to move this project forward, and after returning, have hit the ground running (and biking) to make this connection a reality.
Chad Russell and Tanya Durand (Children’s Museum of Tacoma): For five years now, the Children’s Museum of Tacoma has been involved in the DOTG Walk Tacoma program, but in the last two years they have really increased their involvement and it has made a difference. They have collaborated on every Walk Tacoma event to encourage families to participate and create child focused activities at each event. Through the commitment from the Children’s Museum of Tacoma we have seen a significant increase in youth and family participation in the Walk Tacoma program.