It’s pretty fitting that my first post here on the LADOT Bike Program Blog should be a congratulatory one in honor of Chris. News of his having received an LA-APA award reached my inbox just moments after he wrapped up yet another informative blog post. I’ve been wanting to write a few posts here for awhile now, but Chris is so adept at it, that its been much easier to continue to rely on his talents and skills. This time, however, it didn’t seem fair to ask Chris to share this exciting news himself.
A very hearty congratulations to Chris for receiving the Student Leader of the Year Award from the 2011 Los Angeles Section APA Awards Committee! (APA stands for American Planning Association.) Alexis Lantz, of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), which is the organization that officially nominated Chris for the award, had this to say about it, “CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Woohoo Chris!!!!” I couldn’t agree more.
Chris has been such a tireless force behind this blog. He really cares about bicyclists and truly believes that the public has a right to know what the City is doing to make Los Angeles a more bicycle friendly place. This blog, I think, has been the embodiment of that belief. His work has helped make our Bike Program efforts more accountable, and more successful all around.
I forced a quick quote out of him before he left the office for the day. He had this to say, “I’m very honored and humbled to receive this award. I primarily have to thank Alexis Lantz and Carol Feucht [of the LACBC] for nominating me for this award. I’d also like to thank the Los Angeles bike community. If it weren’t for their tireless advocacy and dedication to making Los Angeles a better place, I may have never had the opportunity to work with LADOT.“
We think he’s an All-Star and we’re very grateful for all that he does. Good luck on your final comp exam, Chris!