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2016 NATIONAL BIKE SUMMIT & WOMEN'S FORUM CORE VALUES, UNIQUE CONTRIBUTIONS: 2016 Educator of the Year Award Honorees BY VANESSA ROTH O ne of the many highlights from this year's National Bike Summit was the Advocacy Awards. The Gail and Jim Spann Educator of the Year Award, named for two of the League's education champions and benefactors, is the League's highest bicycling education honor. According to the League, "The Gail and Jim Spann Educator of the Year Award is given to a League Cycling Instructor who exemplifies the Smart Cycling program's dedication to teaching bicycle safety to people of all ages and abilities, improving their bike skills and building confidence." The 2016 award recipients, Nedra Deadwyler of Atlanta's Civil Bikes and Georgia Bikes!, and Preston Tyree of Texas, have both used their Licensed Cycling Instructor (LCI) certification and values as a foundation upon which to make unique contributions in the field of bicycle education. Here are a few of the reasons why Nedra and Preston were selected for this award: "Nedra has used her LCI training in wonderful and creative ways to attract new bicyclists. Her Civil Bikes tours of civil rights landmarks in Atlanta is a great program that teaches bike safety in new and fun ways." "Preston has been a tireless LCI Coach who has helped transition the training to a new curriculum and kept the LCI trainings running while the League has been without an Education Director." I spoke with both Nedra and Preston to learn more about how they are making 6 BICYCLE FRIENDLY AMERICA Preston Tyree, Gail Copus Spann, and Nedra Deadwyler at Advocacy Awards dinner. a difference, and here's what they had to ed States and on five other continents. As say. I downsize, I've gotten rid of rooms full of furniture, but I still have many bicyWHAT CAN YOU SHARE WITH US ABOUT YOUR LOVE FOR cles. Now my goal is to combine walking, BICYCLING? biking and transit so I can sell my car. ND: Bicycling reconnects me to my childhood-freedom, exploration, health WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME AN LCI? and being in nature. It makes me happy. ND: The idea for Civil Bikes came to me As an adult, commuting, touring and rid- in bits and pieces. I knew I would need ing in general reflect my values and are an education to learn how to be safe and part of the life I want to live. So I really help other people ride safely. I was doenjoy sharing that with others and teach- ing outreach, putting up some fliers for ing people how to ride. my first event, an MLK Bike Ride, when PT: I've been riding for over 65 years I met Neil Walker, who was the only and I've been able to use a bicycle for Master LCI Coach in Georgia. I found transportation in many areas of the Unit- out about the League and the training

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bicycle Friendly America Spring/Summer 2016

Social Media
Core Values, Unique Contributions
A Silver-Level Playbook: Arlington, Virginia
How Cycling Can Help Solve Global Warming
What The Bicycling Movements Could Learn From the Climate Movement
Photos from Bike Lobby Day
Senator Ben Cardin, Legislator of the Year
Getting to Know Kathy Durham
Plenary Sessions
Memphis Hightailers: Bicycle Club of the Year
Bike Lobby Day: A Nevada Perspective
Call for League Board Applications
Reflections on the National Bike Summit
Photo Highlights of Bike Lobby Day in DC
Architect of the Capitol–Bicycle Friendly Business
Summit Demographic Information
2016 Catalyst Award Recipient: Community Cycling Center

Bicycle Friendly America Spring/Summer 2016