Better Block Awarded by the White House

Better Block Awarded by the White House


So things have been super busy at Team Better Block as we’ve been launching projects around the world (!) and getting to meet so many incredible communities. Also, some great organizations have taken on the charge to revitalize their own blocks with amazing results that are leading to many rapid and permanent changes.

In our latest big news, Better Block co-founder Jason Roberts received a Champions of Change award in Washington DC for work in Transportation Innovations last week. Secretary of the US Department of Transportation Ray LaHood was on hand at the ceremony while other awardees sat on panels lead by the Secretaries of the FHA, and FAA.

Jason’s work with revitalizing a modern streetcar line in Dallas, and the Better Block projects were both highlighted as major initiatives that are helping re-shape the built environment. Click here to view the full White House blog post written by Jason on these efforts.

Jason Roberts, Andy Clarke (LAB President), and Andrew Howard

Also, while in DC, Jason and Better Block co-founder Andrew Howard met with Andy Clarke of the League of American Bicyclists and later with officials at the US Department of Transportation to discuss the Better Block project in greater detail and outline prospects for stronger data collection and collaboration with municipalities nationwide.

Andrew and Jason also had a chance to get a first-hand look at the two-way cycle tracks that have been popping up throughout the city along with some incredible new shipping container architecture installed beside the ballpark. Expect to see these and more in future Better Blocks!

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