People Power rolls out new ‘Sustainable Transportation Awards’

At its annual fundraising dinner Sunday, Oct. 6, People Power will honor people who have spent the past year working toward advancing sustainable transportation projects around the count. The nominations fall into two categories -- local government and community program staff, and community members who are doing this work out of their own passion and dedication. Projects that have caught People Power's eye include the Santa Cruz Rail Line ownership and draft master plan for scenic trail network; Santa Cruz Open Streets on West Cliff Drive, with more event planned for Capitola and Watsonville; Watsonville's Trails and Bicycles Master Plan; and the Arana Gulch path nearing construction. The people up for the award include Chris Schneiter, Assistant Director of Public Works for the City of Santa Cruz, for spearheading the Broadway-Brommer Multi-use Trail project; Ron Goodman, a Community Member Award nominee, for his work organizing the well-attended 12K Run by the Sea that launched in August and building support for the beautiful, little-known North Coast section of the future Coastal Rail Trail; Bryan Largay, a father of two who for years has been organizing support for a bike path to connect the San Lorenzo Valley High School campus to nearby neighborhoods. Some 1,700 students attend school there and have no way to walk or bike safely along the busy Highway 9 corridor. The Sustainable Transportation Award recipients were chosen by People Power’s Steering Committee, which is made up of a group of cyclists and long-time Santa Cruz residents. All nominees will be recognized at the fundraising dinner, 4-7 p.m. at the 418 Project, at 418 Front St. View the full list of nominees at  For information, contact Amelia Conlen at 425-0665 or
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