The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) recognized four Way to Go Champions during its annual awards celebration May 3 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. Way to Go Champions are individuals or organizations that demonstrate leadership in promoting or advocating commute options other than driving alone. This year's champions are:
- Julia Richards, Workplace Champion, for encouraging her coworkers at DaVita to get to work by biking, taking transit, walking or carpooling: thanks to her efforts, 87% of DaVita's employees get to work in ways other than driving alone.
- Eleanor Needy, Community Champion, for encouraging use of transit, biking, walking and carpooling at her church and a local elementary school.
- David Kimmett, Commuter of the Year, for his dedication to riding his bike not only to work at juwi inc., but to all kinds of locations and on many errands
- Soledad Villarruel Larre, Employer Champion, for her work promoting commuting options to employees at Western Union.
Way to Go is a program of DRCOG that aims to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and enhance the health of residents for the Denver region. Nominations for the Champion awards are solicited each year from mid-November through the end of January.
See photos of the award winners below: