Alice Charkes, of Brattleboro VT, recently received the Volunteer Advocate award at the Vermont Walk/Bike Summit in White River Junction on Friday, May 4, 2018. "Alice has dedicated countless hours to the cause of active transportation. She articulates well the value of active transportation to the personal health of people and the collective health of citizens in the community. She has not been deterred by the notion of budgets, bureaucracy, meetings, paperwork, public forums, politics and process. Since 2006, Alice has served her fellow Brattleboro and Vermont citizens by founding or serving on these efforts: Vermont Bike/Ped Coalition, Brattleboro Area Bike/Ped Coalition, Way to Go! Challenge, Safe Kids Coalition Walk This Way! grant (for Brattleboro’s first solar-powered radar speed feedback unit), Brattleboro Bike/Ped Advisory Committee, Brattleboro Safe Streets project, Local Motion Everyday Bicycling trainer, Brattleboro Safer Streets Forum, Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee, and most recently Brattleboro Coalition for Active Transport. In addition, Alice has been a bicycling and pedestrian safety educator since 2004 (Safe Routes to School and various local Driver’s Ed classes), a primary author of the Walk Smart-Bike Smart Vermont! curriculum implemented in more than 200 schools and piloted with 5000 students in grades K-4, and for the past 25 years a bicycling tour leader and leader trainer for Adventure Cycling Association based in Missoula, Montana.”
Kathleen White has loved biking since she was a kid, and enjoyed living close to downtown so she can walk or bike most places she needs to go. Her work in chronic disease prevention and promoting active lifestyles as a Vermont Public Health Nurse got her involved in the Brattleboro Safe Streets Project. She feels strongly about making her community safer for bicyclists and pedestrians, so that more people will feel comfortable and enjoy walking and biking.
Shyla Foss is a Public Health Nutritionist for the Brattleboro District Office of Vermont Department of Health. She is a supporter of walkable/bikeable communities that allow all residents to be physically active, and a hiking enthusiast that feels most at home when out in nature.
Prudence MacKinney is Director of Vermont Department of Health District Office, member of the Windham Regional Commission’s Transportation Committee, an advocate for safe walking and biking, and a proponent of Safe Routes to School. She loves to walk and ride her bike.
Dave Cohen is an integrative psychotherapist in Brattleboro (davecohencounseling.com), specializing in approaches in mind/body modalities and ecopsychology. He is also the founder and director of Vbike (vbikesolutions.org), an advocacy group dedicated to promoting new bike design and technologies for everyday mobility in Vermont.
Rebecca Jones, MD, is a local physician and active member of BCAT, 350Brattleboro, Vermont Climate and Health Alliance, and Lost River Racial Justice. She is an avid bicyclist and advocate for healthy living for all.