The golden modes logo 2018annual Golden Modes Awards recognize companies, organizations and people who best use their resources to influence Triangle employees and university students to pursue smart commuting options. Ultimately, they reduce the number of people who drive alone, reducing traffic congestion, alleviating air pollution and improving our quality of life.

See all the photos from this year's ceremony right here.

Commuter Awards

These five awards celebrate people who exemplify smart commuting by demonstrating and encouraging ways to live more through driving less. Smart commuters are people who commute to and from work or school without driving alone: carpoolers, walkers, bus riders, bicyclists and vanpoolers.

The Golden Sneaker: Kelly Chambers

Awarded to those who walk the walk and talk the talk and are heavily involved in the pedestrian community.

The Golden Spoke: Maureen Devlin

This award recognizes champions of commuting by bike.

The Multi-mode Innovator: Cherie Mellor

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

The Golden Ticket: Kathy Cox

Awarded to those who go above and beyond when it comes to riding the bus – they are THE transit experts!

The Pool Party Award: Bahama Vanpool

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


Employer Commute Awards

These two awards are given to employers or employee representatives who demonstrate the best use of resources to influence employees to use commute options other than driving alone. 

Employer Commute Champion: Red Hat

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.

Employer Commute Honors: VHB

An organization/employer that has shown the most growth in its program over the year. Although the organization may not offer every commuter benefit or amenity, a commitment to ongoing improvement and success is worth recognizing.


Community Impact Award: Citrix

This award recognizes a community nonprofit, volunteer government commission, community event or an individual advocate who has made a meaningful contribution to solving transportation challenges across the Triangle. 

See the Golden Modes award winners from 2017 here.