Ruth Bascom Memorial Ride Draws a Large, Grateful Crowd

Thank You Ruth Bascom

Wednesday’s Ruth Bascom Memorial Ride was a huge success, drawing around 200 riders according to a Register-Guard estimate.  The crowd was  speckled with flowers and “Thank You Ruth Bascom” signs, and was attended by some of the original “movers and shakers” who helped cycling get started in Eugene.

Before the ride, participants heard testimony from people who had experiences with Ruth or with Ruth’s legacy, including GEARs President and 1998 Alice Award winner Sue Wolling; Mayor Kitty Piercy; Paul Nicholson of Paul’s Bicycle Way of Life, who served with Ruth on City Council and while she was mayor; late 70’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator and 2001 Alice Award Winner Diane Bishop; and member of the 1970’s Eugene Bicycle Committee and co-creator of the 1981 Bicycles in Cities monogram, Peter Eberhardt.  The ride was also attended by Ruth’s husband Dr. John Bascom and her son Paul Bascom.

The crowd gathers before the ride

It was a special treat for me to meet and ride with Bishop and Eberhardt, and I heard a few interesting stories about early Eugene cycling history, including that Portland’s Bike/Ped coordinator was sent down to Eugene in the early days to learn from us!

It’s clear to me from reading the old monographs, hearing the speeches, and from the turnout of Ruth’s memorial that we owe even more to her and her early companions than I could ever impress here.  We ride on the shoulders of giants.

Take the jump for pictures of the ride and click here to read the Register-Guard’s coverage.

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Eugenians at the Alice Awards

The 2010 Alice Awards

This Saturday is the Bicycle Transport Alliance (BTA) 15th annual Alice Awards.  The awards are a fundraiser for the BTA, a Portland-based cycling advocacy organization that works “to promote bicycling and improve bicycling conditions in Oregon and SW Washington.

The BTA website states that The Alice Awards “honors individuals, businesses, and organizations in Oregon whose work has promoted the use of bicycles and increased the livability of our communities. All of the funds raised at the auction go to support the BTA’s continuing advocacy work on behalf of bicyclists.

According to BikePortland, The 2008 Alice Awards raised $150,000 to use towards cyclist advocacy, partially due to the steep $100 ticket prices–a ticket price which is so high that Kendra and I cannot afford to attend the event.  However, the exciting story here is not us being too poor to party, but instead that some Eugene advocates have been nominated for Alice Awards once again!

Take the jump to read about 2010 nominees Paul Adkins and Richard Hughes and to learn about past Eugenian Alice Awards winners!

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