And the Winning ART Design is...

August 8, 2013

The winning design for the ARTists for PAL Bus Design Contest has been revealed!

The winning design was created by 8th grade student Annemarie Dougherty who attends St. Agnes Catholic School. Annemarie has a black belt in tae kwon do and plays CYO basketball. Annemarie loves painting, baking and learning to play various instruments such as the trombone and cello.

Photo: Annemarie Dougherty and County Board Chair Tejada
The winner, Annemarie Dougherty with County Board Chair Walter Tejada

Annemarie wrote a short description to describe her design that says, “My picture on the bus incorporates the “Be a PAL” theme because the cars, bikes and people are sharing the space and are aware of the street signs. This shows that it is equally important for pedestrians, bikers and drivers to watch out for each other and their surroundings. In addition the street is green reminding people to walk or bike more.”

The “Be a PAL” bus will be on display at the County Fair being held this weekend at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 Second Street South. All of the design entries are displayed inside the bus. After the fair, the bus will serve various ART routes so everyone can see the bus.

Photo: Winner with bus
The winner with the bus

The ARTists for PAL Bus Design Contest asked Arlington middle and high school students to create designs for the outside of an ART bus using the theme of “Share Our Streets – Be a PAL,” Arlington’s biking, walking and driving safety initiative. Twenty-six designs were received and a committee narrowed them down to 3 finalists. The public was asked to vote online for their favorite design. Over 1700 votes were received with Annemarie’s design getting the most votes. See more pictures of the wrapped bus on ART's Facebook page.

Thank you to all of the students who entered the contest and created such great designs!

About “Share Our Streets -- Be a PAL”

Part of Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada’s Moving Forward Together agenda includes the “Share Our Streets -- Be a PAL -- Compartamos Nuestras Calles, Seamos Amables” safety initiative. The program strives to educate pedestrians, cyclists and drivers about the importance of sharing the streets and being a PAL:

  • Predictable – travel in a predictable way; don’t make sudden, unexpected moves
  • Alert – pay attention to your surroundings and to others around you
  • Lawful – obey the traffic laws, whether in a car, on a bike, or on foot

Whether you’re on two feet, two wheels or four wheels, we all need to share our streets safely.

Watch this video about the event (begins at 1:44 to 3:42). Learn more about the PAL program at

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