Our Active Commuter award. Recipients are honored for their commitment to walking, running, skateboarding, and non-cycling commutes
Heather Payne, UNC School of Law
Kenneth Williams, Wake Technical Community College
Recipients are honored for their commitment to cycling for commutes.
Stephanie Loyka, GoTriangle; Greg Souza; Jim Huegerich; Susan Stephens
Recipients are honored for their commitment to creating and utilizing carpooling and vanpooling for commutes.
Debra Holmes Vizcaino, Durham VA Medical Center
Polly Mebane, UNC Chapel Hill
Debra Holmes, Durham VA Medical Center; Jason Hatfield, NC Department of Transportation; Polly Mebane, UNC Chapel Hill; Stephanie Loyka, GoTriangle
Recipients are honored for their commitment to utilizing public transportation.
James Wise, Alanna Jones, Stephanie Loyka
For the combination rock star. Recipients are honored for their commitment to combining multiple modes and options to get to their destination.
Kathy Cox, City of Raleigh
Ricky Berry, Duke Hospital North
GoTriangle Employer Commute Honors are given to employers or an employee representative who demonstrates the best use of resources to influence employees to use commute options other than driving alone.
Qualifications for Employer awards can include, but are not limited to, a variety of factors such as availability of commuter amenities, various types of commuter benefits or subsidies, demonstrated motivation and enthusiasm, etc.
This award goes to 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 this recognition as best overall.
American Tobacco Campus
NC State Employees' Credit Union
Tammy Rhodes, NC SECU; Amber Stroupe, NC SECU; Jes Averhart, ATC; Matthew Lardie, Duke University; Alison Carpenter, Duke University; Stephanie Loyka, GoTriangle;
Bob Woodson, NC SECU
This awards honors an organization or employer that has shown the most growth in their program over the year. Although the organization may not offer every type of benefit or amenity, the recipient shows a commitment to ongoing improvements and successes worth recognition.
Durham VA Medical Center
NC State Employees' Credit Union
Pictured: Peter Tillman, Durham VA Medical Center; Tammy Rhodes, NC SECU; Jes Averhart, American Tobacco Campus; Stephanie Loyka, GoTriangle; Amber N. Stroupe, NC SECU
The ETC Honors recognizes Employee Transportation Coordinators (company contacts) who go above and beyond the call of duty. These company representatives demonstrate their commitment to smart commuting through assisting and educating employees on available commute options as well as other commute services like the Emergency Ride Ride program and Share The Ride NC.
Pictured: Jes Averhart, American Tobacco Campus; Peter Tillman, Durham VA Medical Center; Stephanie Loyka, GoTriangle
The Community Impact Award recognizes a community organization, non-profit, volunteer government commission, community event, or an individual advocate that made a meaningful contribution to solving regional transportation challenges. This award recipient serves as a model for creating change and establishing smartcommuting options and behavior within the Triangle.
Carrboro Bicycle Coalition
Alan Wiggs, Community Advocate
Pictured: Stephanie Loyka, GoTriangle; Alan Wiggs; Dennis Markatos,
East Coast Greenway Alliance; Eric Allman, Carrboro Bicycle Coalition
The BWC program highlights employers who are committed to providing outstanding commuter benefits. New this year is the designation of Best Worksite for Commuters in the Triangle.
Newly Designated Businesses
Town of Chapel Hill
City of Durham
Front Row: Pierre Osei-Owusu, City of Durham; Ed Harrison, Town of Chapel Hill; Jesica Averhart, American Underground (ATC)
Second Row: Stephanie Loyka, GoTriangle; Mary Sell, Best Workplaces for Commuters; Len Cone, Town of Chapel Hill
Back Row: Dale McKeel, City of Durham; Mark D. Ahrendsen, City of Durham
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.
Employer Commute Champion: Red Hat
Employer Commute Champion, Honorable Mention: Town of Cary
Employer Commute Honors: Bronto
Employee Transportation Coordinator Honors: Angelo Voutsinos, Glaxo Smith Kline
Employee Transportation Coordinator, Honorable Mention: Pat Walker, Self-Help Credit Union
Employer Commute, Honorable Mention: Self Help
The Golden Sneaker: Chris Martens
The Golden Sneaker, Honorable Mention: Karen Futch
The Golden Sneaker, Honorable Mention: Allison Moy
The Golden Spoke: Paul Clark
The Golden Spoke, Honorable Mention: Kala Parker
The Golden Spoke, Honorable Mention: Amy Singleton
The Golden Ticket: Andrew Lobonc
The Golden Ticket, Honorable Mention: Danielle Rivenbark
The Golden Ticket, Honorable Mention: Triangle Transit Route 420 Bus Riders
The Multi-mode innovator: Jim Merchant
The Multi-mode innovator, Honorable Mention: Steve Saltzman
The Multi-mode innovator, Honorable Mention: Jacqueline Gist
The Pool Party Award: Wyona Goodwin
The Pool Party Award, Honorable Mention: Ruthie Holt
The Pool Party Award, Honorable Mention: Georgia Njagu
Community Impact Honors: The ReCYCLEry
Community Impact, Honorable Mention: BikeSmart-GrowSmart
Community Impact, Honorable Mention: The Downtown Living Advocates
2013 Golden Modes Employer Award Winners
Commuter Champion Grifols
Commuter Honors Verizon Services Group, Inc.
Employee Transportation Coordinator Red Hat
2013 Golden Modes Community Champion Award Winners
Winner - Mobile Voice Project
Honorable Mention Oaks and Spokes Bicycling Festival
Honorable Mention Joe Davis of DWM Advisors LLC
Honorable Mention Zack Ferguson of UNC
2013 Golden Modes Commuter Award Winners
Golden Sneaker Anne Tazewell of NCSU
Golden Spoke Lee Tobin of Whole Foods
Golden Spoke Willamina O’Keefe of Workplace Options
Golden Ticket Cynthia Johnson of Wake County Government
Golden Ticket Melanie Kincaid of NC State Bar Association
Pool Party Sal Blancardi of IBM
Thank you to our sponsors. Gold Sponsors are Triangle Commuter Bike Initiative through DWM Foundation, Southeastern Chapter of Association of Commuter Transportation (SEACT), Rex Hospital, part of UNC Health Care and our Silver Sponsors… Triangle Transit and Capital Area Transit.
This year’s Golden Mode and Employer Commuter Honors nominees were nominated by the public. Over 160 commuters and organizations were nominated and six were honored for their passion and commitment to using sustainable travel.
The winners were:
• Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC) Honors
Horace Rozier, BD Technologies
• The Golden Sneaker
Kelly Chambers, NC Department of Justice
• The Golden Sneaker
Dan Clever, GlaxoSmithKline and Richard Sloane, NIEHS (tie)
• The Golden Sneaker
Bryan Ryan, Wake Technical Community College
• The Pool Party Award
Bennie Encarnacion, NIEHS
SmartCommute Challenge Results sheet - See how YOUR pledge contributed to cleaning up our environment and clearing our highways of congestion!
Golden Modes Winners - view full program here
SmartCommute Challenge Employer Contest - Winners are companies with the highest participation rate in their tier, based on percentage