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.
Originally planned as an in-person awards dinner, this year’s BESTies will take place online to keep with social distancing practices and will be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube. The awards will be presented over three evenings in June:
- Tuesday, June 9: Transportation Innovations Award
- Wednesday, June 17: Transportation Heroes Award
- Thursday, June 18: Walkable Neighborhoods Award
All three events are planned to start at 5:30 p.m. and will feature live discussions with finalists, as well as trivia and prizes.
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
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
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
Ruth Bascom Lifetime Achievement Award
This special award is named after former Eugene mayor Ruth Bascom, who is known for the Riverbank Trail System bearing her name.
- Jan VanderTuin — In 1992, VanderTuin founded the Center for Appropriate Transport. Over its history, CAT has been a hub for innovation and promotion of human powered transportation.