2011 Streetsies, It Was the Best of Times

Every Year, we break the Streetsies into three categories, “Best of Times,” “Worst of Times” and “People of the Year.”  We also give you a chance to correct our picks through Streetsblog polls.  The Best of Times is below.  The Worst of Times is tomorrow.

Before we get into the Streetsies, there are some groups and people that did some work that really sticks out that didn’t fall into a Streetsie category.  Without further adieu:

Special Thanks to…: Wolfpack Hustle, Gary Kavanagh, Ezra Horne and Joe Anthony for Letting Us Help Broadcast #FlightvBikeBikeside for Setting a High Standard for Online Journalism with Its Investigative Series on the Christine Dahab/K-Town Wednesdays CrashKang Hu for Standing Up to Electeds on Wilshire Bus Only Lanes

Best Transit Story of the Year: For an Agency That’s Often Accused of Bending Over for the Richest Lobbyist, Metro Deserves Credit for Resisting the Broad Side on the Regional Connector

Honorable Mention: 30/10 Goes National and L.A. Becomes Transit Leaders, Metro Cuts Back Day Pass Costs, America Fast Forward Moves Forward, Ground Broken on Expo Phase II

What is the best "good news" transit story of the year

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City Hall Win of the Year: L.A. Passes First Ever Bicyclist Anti-Harassment Law

Honorable Mention: City Finally Gets Rid of Anti-Cargo Bike Law, Hooray for the Bike Plan, City Council Snubs Rosendahl and Preserves Westside Route for Wilshire BOL

Best News from City Hall

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Best New Bike Infrastructure:  The Green Lanes!

Honorable Mention: 7th Street, New CicLAvia Route, 20 Miles of Sharrows, Occupy L.A. Bike Share

Best New Bike Infrastructure

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Surprise Win of the Year: No Parking at Westwood Station for Expo Phase II

Honorable Mention: Metro Finally Removes “Peak Hour Restrictions” for Bikes on Trains,” Downtown L.A. Embraces Express Park, Christine Dahab Charged with Felony after LAPD Coverup

What was the biggest surprise?

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Video of the Year: Roadblock Questions ABC 7 “Condoms” Reporter

Honorable Mention: LAPD post bike training video, Mad Men Pitch High Speed Rail, What is CicLAvia, LACBC’s Sleek 7th Street Bike Lane Campaign, The World’s Best Anti-Sprawl Video, Bill Rosendahl Learns to Ride a Bike, The Pedestrian Jar

What was the best video?

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Freelance Piece of the Year: Janette Sadik-Khan, “NYC Plaza Program an Open Space Model for L.A.”

Honorable Mention: 710: A Post-Modern Freeway, Rosendahl Thanks Cyclists for Work on Bike Plan, Obama Brings Focus Back to Bridges, Cycling in the Desert,, Gabbard Scoops Metro on Delays to Wilshire BOL and El Monte Busway

What Was Our Best Freelance Piece

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Best Out of City Story in SoCal: Long Beach’s Protected Bike Lanes Set the SoCal Standard

Honorable Mention: Bike It! Day, “Regional Connector” in Culver City, What’s Good for Bikes Is Good for Business in Long Beach

Best Local Story from Outside City Limits

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Streetsblog Highlight:  L.A. Streetsblog Announces Expansion Efforts

Honorable Mention: Damien Newton Awarded Annenberg Online Health Journalism Fellowship, LA Weekly Names Streetsblog “Top Advocacy Website”