Inspired by the Oscars and affectionately known as the “BESTies,” the BEST Awards recognize excellence in improving the quality of transportation in the greater Eugene-Springfield area.
Join us for the second annual BEST Awards Dinner Celebration + Electric Vehicle Show on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Center for Meeting and Learning on Lane Community College’s main campus:
- Recognize 12 finalists for 3 award categories.
- Honor the recipient of the special Ruth Bascom Lifetime Achievement Award.
- See the St. Patrick’s Day “green” electric vehicle show featuring everything from a scooter to a bus. ☘️☘️☘️
- St. Patrick’s Day “green” options for getting there and back not using a personal vehicle — with prizes if you do. ☘️☘️☘️
- Social hour with no-host bar.
- Three-course dinner.
- Community presentations.
- The best movers and shakers — including you!
Through Monday, February 24, early bird tickets are only $75. Regular tickets are $100. Other options are available to fit your budget. Or help sponsor the BESTies by reserving a half table (4 people for $500) or full table (8 people for $1,000) so your group is sure to sit together. Learn more and register now…
After community members submitted almost 50 nominations for awards in different categories, our panel of judges selected the following finalists.
Transportation Innovations Award
Recognizing new approaches for improving the safety, practicality or enjoyability of transportation options:
- Arcimoto — now producing affordable electric fun utility vehicles (FUVs) for all
- EmGo — pilot of free point-to-point electric shuttle service in downtown Eugene
- Eugene Amazon Active Transportation Corridor — region’s first protected 2-way bikeway, first diagonal bike signal, and more
- Lane Transit District TouchPass — electronic fare payment system, allowing riders the flexibility to prepay and reload fare value to a mobile device or tap card
Walkable Neighborhoods Award
Recognizing achievement designing or building neighborhoods where basic services are within walking distance:
- 959 Franklin — high-rise student housing across the street from the University of Oregon
- Crescent Village/The McKenzie — expanding mixed-use walkable community in north Eugene
- Downtown Springfield — discover the bold and authentic people, places and experiences along Main Street
- Plumley Green — cluster of houses in south Eugene two blocks from Friendly Market
Transportation Heroes Award
Recognizing people acting above and beyond the call of duty to improve the quality of transportation:
- Laughton Elliott-DeAngelis — Springfield Safe Routes to Schools coordinator walking the walk
- Friendly Area Neighbors Transportation Team — improving safety, mobility and equity
- Emma Newman — Springfield senior transportation planner
- Deputy Sheriff Tom Speldrich — a “can-do” attitude to reducing dangerous travel behaviors