California Bicycle Coalition’s annual Bicycle Dreamer Award goes to a visionary whose achievements have advanced our common dream: that one day soon all Californians will be able to ride bicycles safely and conveniently wherever they wish to go, and that, as a result, all our communities will thrive. The award is given during our annual California Dream Ride.
Join us for a fun party and for the announcement of the winner of the California Bicycle Coalition's Bicycle Dreamer Award!
The 2017 nominees are:
Darell is a long-time member of the Davis Bike Club, and of the Bike Davis Executive Board. He created and helped implement bike theft prevention programs with the Bike Club, the City of Davis and UC Davis. Darell's passion is encouraging safer, more comfortable bicycling through infrastructure improvements and changes in the municipal code. He has been on the Bicycle Advisory Commission, and speaks at city council meetings and BAC meetings. He meets with Davis' mayor and council members privately, leads bicycle tours, works directly with our Public Works staff, and has provided input into our “Beyond Platinum” Bicycle Plan. Darell helped develop Davis' recently-adopted Street Standards, volunteers with the Davis Police Department on bicycle-related programs, and has led the push to rid our bike lanes of piles of yard trimmings throughout the city.
Going back more than decade, Maria was a lonesome voice for bike transportation in Woodland. Since, by her own endless supply of energy and enthusiasm, she’s founded Bike Garage (which rehabs and sells discarded bikes) and Bike Campaign (programs to encourage to ride bikes safely). Now living in Davis, Maria is arguably the most visible bike advocate in the city. She and her husband are always agreeable to assist in any bike advocacy effort.
Concurrently with his decades of bicycle transportation experience all over Davis and to nearby towns, John has pursued a variety of advocacy topics. In 1988, he asked his State Legislators for a safe passing law and after two discouraging responses, he suggested "three feet" to the League of American Bicyclists (then L.A.W.) in 1990. The Executive director replied that the League would spread the word. This ultimately led to "three-feet" laws across America and finally in California as of 2014.
Starting in 2009, John engaged Caltrans District 3 on the topic of longitudinal rumble strips, and rallied other Davis Bike Club members to write letters regarding plans for State Route 16. One direct success is that new rumble strips on Highway 16 have gaps - smooth spots for bicycles to cross between the roadway and the shoulder. For the past two years, John has not missed a meeting of the California Bicycle Advisory Committee (CBAC), hosted by Caltrans headquarters in Sacramento. He has also worked closely with John and Diane Swann, leading advocates for "bumpy white lines" instead of ground-in rumble strip grooves. John recently spoke at the 6th International Cycling Safety Conference, to summarize the group's findings about rumble strip hazards and potential safety improvements.
Starting in 2002, John served for a decade on the board of the Davis Bike Club. As the Public Relations Director, he has written articles about bicycling for recreation and transportation, letters to the editor in response to anti-bicycling sentiments that occasionally appear in print, and has provided feedback to City of Davis officials on topics ranging from blocked bike lanes to wayfinding signs on bicycle paths around town. He has twice helped to get bicycle advocates elected to the Davis City Council. Since early 2016, John has been a regular attendee at the Yolo County Transportation Advisory Committee. In 2017, John began meeting with his newly elected State Assemblywoman to discuss cycling issues, including the proposed change for bicycles at stop signs.
Most of the activities described above have been inspired by years of happy interactions with the other nominees and many more bicycle advocates.
John and Diane Swann
The Swanns have worked as cycling advocates in a few different ways. Seeing the potential of e-bikes to increase bicycle use, they started an e-bike business in 2009, partnering with Ken's Bike-Ski-Board. Using an e-bike herself, Diane began commuting regularly from Davis to Sacramento, something John had done for most of his working career. Together, they have been advocating for a safer intercity route. Their efforts, along with the support of other route commuters, has involved County and City officials and Union Pacific. Originally dismissed, their ideas are now being seriously considered.
The Swanns initiated the Bak2Sac program to encourage intercity cycling between Sacramento and Davis. The program was started in 2014 with the cooperation of Capitol Corridor, Amtrak and the Yolo County Visitor's Bureau. Now in its fourth year, the program providers free train trips back to Sacramento from Davis. Their latest project has been to recommend changes to the guidelines Caltrans uses when installing rumble strips around the State to make them safer for bicyclists. Many of the proposed changes submitted to Caltrans by the California Bicycle Advisory Committee came from the Swanns.
Russell was a founding member of the Bike Davis advocacy group. During his seven years as a board member, he was active in successful campaigns to implement a road diet on Fifth Street, the east-west arterial through downtown Davis, and to oppose the construction of a five-level parking structure nearby. He has composed web pages and graphics to educate the community on these issues. Working recently with another organization, The Bike Campaign, he has devoted countless hours with no compensation to produce a completely redesigned Davis bike map. The new, colorful design highlights low stress, through routes, and de-emphasizes routes through freeway interchanges.
We hope you can join us!
Wine will be provided, in addition to beer from Alpine Brewery (owned by Dream Riders!). Dinner will be provided by Davis' own Burgers and Brew.
303 3rd St
Davis, CA 95616
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