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Awards & Recognition

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Our annual awards ceremony, the Golden Modes, honors extraordinary commuters and those employers and organizations that bring sustainable transportation options to our families, friends, colleagues, and neighbors.

Community Impact Award  •  The Pool Party Award  •  The Multi-Mode Innovator  •  The Golden Ticket  • The Golden Spoke  •  The Golden Sneaker  

Employer Commute Champion  •  Employer Commute Honors  •  ETC Honors  •  Golden Placemaker  

Best Workplaces for Commuters  •  A Tribute to Greg Sousa

 

Community Impact Award

This award recognizes a community organization, non-profit, volunteer government commission, community event or an individual advocate that has made a meaningful contribution to solving transportation challenges across the Triangle. Award winners serve as a model for creating change and establishing smart commuting options and behavior within the Triangle.​

2016 Winner
 
Heid Perov Perry

Honorable Mention
Dale McKeel
Eric Lamb

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Len Cone, Town of Chapel Hill; Dale McKeel; Heidi Perov Perry; Eric Lamb

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The Pool Party Award

Awarded to champions of carpooling or vanpooling and to employers who offer top-tier benefits for their employees that rideshare.  
 

2016 Winner
 
Danny Bridgers


Honorable Mention
Jessica Blackwell
Kathy Harrison

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Kathy Molin, City of Raleigh; Danny Bridgers; Jessica Blackwell; Kathy Harrison

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The Multi-Mode Innovator

Awarded to those who use any combination of bus, bike, carpool or vanpool.   

2016 Winner
Lauren Morris


Honorable Mention
Judith Evangelus
Alex Price

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Amanda Simmons, UNC Chapel Hill; Alex Price; Lauren Morris

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The Golden Ticket

Awarded to those that go above and beyond when it comes to riding the bus – they are THE transit expert! They are heavily involved in transit awareness and the community.

2016 Winner
Gary Saunders


Honorable Mention
Correai Moore
Route 420 Riders

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Route 420 Riders; Correia Moore; Gary Saunders

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The Golden Spoke

This award recognizes champions of commuting by bike who offer top-tier facilities for their employees that cycle, or are heavily involved in the cyclist community
 

2016 Winner
Kevin Young


Honorable Mention
David Salvesen
Peter White

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Peter White; Stephanie Loyka, GoTriangle; Kevin Young

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The Golden Sneaker

Awarded to those who walk the walk and talk the talk; offer commuter benefits for those that chose this mode to commute; have worked to raise awareness or policies that affect pedestrians or are heavily involved in the pedestrian community.
 

2016 Winner
Elena Elms


Honorable Mention
Deniz Ender
Glenn Sappie

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Amanda Simmons, UNC Chapel Hill; Elena Elms; Glenn Sappie

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Employer Commute Champion

An organization or employer that offers top-tier commuter benefits and facilities to provide travel options that improve the quality of life for their employees. This employer’s efforts toward improving air quality and reducing congestion in the Triangle region earn it recognition as best overall.
 

2016 Winner
Kimley-Horn


Honorable Mention
Bob Barker
UNC Chapel Hill

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Amanda Simmons, UNC Chapel Hill; Trung Vo, Kimley-Horn; Anne Galamb, GoRaleigh

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Employer Commute Honors

Employer Honors recognize those programs that continue to develop, grow, and offer more options to improve their employees’ commutes. These employers have shown the most growth in their program over the past year. Although these organizations may not offer every commuter benefit or amenity, we recognize their commitment to ongoing improvement and success.
 

2016 Winner
Durham VA Healthcare System

Honorable Mention
FHI 360
Wake Technical Community College

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Employee Transportation Coordinator Honors

In recognition of Employee Transportation Coordinators who go above and beyond the call of transportation duty! These company representatives demonstrate their commitment to smart commuting through assisting and educating employees on available commute options and services.
 

2016 Winner
Molly Demarest, American Underground


Honorable Mention
Christi Turner, Red Hat
Ashton Smith, Citrix

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Molly Demarest, American Underground; Stephanie Loyka, GoTriangle; Christi Turner, Red Hat

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Golden Placemaker Honors

In recognition of a developer or property manager who enables tenants, residents to live and work in a mindful way to consider or use alternatives to private cars.​
 
 

2016 Winner
American Tobacco/Blackwell Street Management Company, LLC.


Honorable Mention
Grubb Properties
Revamp Durham

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Valerie Ward, ATC/Blackwell Management; Stephanie Loyka, GoTriangle; John Morris

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Best Workplaces for Commuters

Best Workplaces for Commuters (BWC) is an innovative membership program that provides qualified employers with national recognition and an elite designation for offering outstanding commuter benefits, such as free or low cost bus passes, vanpool fares and strong telework programs. Best Workplaces for Commuters is dramatically improving the way people get to and from work. BWC assists participating employers by offering public recognition and promotion, technical assistance, training, web-based tools, and forums for information exchange
 
 
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Newly Designated Businesses
Citrix
Durham VA Healthcare System
FHI 360
NC Department of Environmental Quality
Red Hat
UNC Chapel Hill Health System
Wake Tech Community College
 

Longevity Awards - 10 years
Downtown Raleigh Alliance
Duke University Health System

 

2016 Triangle Region Best Workplaces and Best Worksites for Commuters Designees

AMERICAN TOBACCO CAMPUS  •  BASF  •  CITRIX  •  CITY OF DURHAM  •  CITY OF RALEIGH   •  DUKE UNIVERSITY  •  DUKE UNIVERSITY HEALTH SYSTEM  •  DURHAM VA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM  •  FHI 360  •  GORALEIGH  •  GOTRIANGLE  •  IBM  •  LENOVO  •  NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SERVICES  •  NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY  •  NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION  •  NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY  •  RED HAT  •  RESEARCH TRIANGLE FOUNDATION  •  RTI INTERNATIONAL  •  TOWN OF CHAPEL HILL  •  TRANSLOC  •  TRIANGLE J COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS  •  UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL  •  UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL HEALTH SYSTEM  •  
WAKE TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE

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In memory of our colleague, friend, and trusted member of the Durham Community, Greg Sousa.

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Greg Sousa was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2012. Hope never left him, nor his desire to become part of the community to find inspiration and make it through his challenges. Greg was an East Coast Greenway Alliance member, a BMX rider, triathlete, and competitor, pedaling 900 miles from North Carolina to Florida on the East Coast Greenway (ECG) in 2013 on a brain cancer awareness-raising bike ride, which he documented on his website, “Badousa Brain.” He lived and worked near the American Tobacco Trail portion of the ECG in Durham, NC, and biked to work most days. He was an avid participant in our annual Bike Month events and socials, always arriving on his bike – with his infectious smile. His friendly presence on the trail and in Durham will be missed, as he truly embodied the spirit of connection and community.

Greg passed away on July 14, 2016, after his four year struggle with brain cancer. Thank you for enriching us with your presence and advocacy of the Durham cycling community, and leaving with us the reminder of your motivation to endure, and to continue to press on despite your illness, surgeries and treatment. You will be missed. Rest in peace.

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History of Commuter Recognition

In an effort to reduce traffic and improve air quality, the annual SmartCommute Challenge encouraged commuters in Durham, Orange and Wake counties to pledge to carpool, vanpool, bike, walk, ride the bus, or telework at least once during the annual campaign. The SmartCommute Challenge Finale was incorporated into the Golden Modes ceremony in 2010 as a way to recognize those employers and commuters who set the example beyond the annual campaign and continued to promote smart commuting through the year. After many years of success, the SmartCommute Challenge was retired as a campaign in 2012, but GoTriangle continues to recognize outstanding efforts from employers and commuters that continue to live and promote the ideals of that campaign. 

To see previous winners, please visit gosmartnc.org/past-winners​.