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APBP Annual Award Winners
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APBP 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award and Professional-of-the-Year Awards
 
Charlie Zegeer, Lifetime Achievement
Kristin Bennett, Professional of the Year - Public Sector
Jean-Francois Rheault, Professional of the Year - Private Sector
Tessa Greegor, Young Professional of the Year
Stefanie Seskin, Young Professional of the Year
 

Charlie Zegeer
2012 Lifetime Achievement Award

Kristin Bennett
Professional of the Year - Public Sector

Jean-Francois Rheault
Professional of the Year -
Private Sector

Tessa Greegor
Young Professional of the Year

Stefanie Seskin
Young Professional of the Year

 

APBP announced the winners of its annual awards program to honor excellence in the profession of bicycle and pedestrian transportation. The awards were presented at APBP's annual meeting on September 12, held during the ProWalk/ProBike® Conference in Long Beach.
 
The Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Charles Zegeer of Chapel Hill, N.C. Kristin Bennett of Colorado Springs, Colo., was honored as the Professional of the Year – Public Sector and Jean-Francois Rheault of Montreal received the Professional of the Year – Private Sector award. Recipients of the Young Professional of the Year award included Teresa Greegor of Seattle and Stefanie Seskin of Chicago.
 
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have made a substantial commitment to the profession and who have shown excellence in the field of bicycle and pedestrian planning, design, advocacy, or education. The award distinguishes those whose vision and determination have made their communities better places to bicycle and walk and who inspire others. The Professional of the Year Awards recognize the achievements of pedestrian and bicycle professionals made during the 12-month period between the summer of 2011 and the spring of 2012. The Young Professional of the Year Award is given to recognize individuals who are relatively new to the field and who have shown remarkable passion and motivation in advancing nonmotorized transportation in their communities.
 

Charles Zegeer has served for many years as Director of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) at the University of North Carolina's Highway Safety Research Center. Dr. Zegeer is a highly respected author in the field of transportation research, a leader in pedestrian and bicycle safety, and a strong mentor to young professionals. Collectively his numerous reports and publications (150 and counting) are improving pedestrian and bicycle safety in the United States.

Kristin Bennett has worked tirelessly for the City of Colorado Springs in her role as Senior Transportation Planner. The city's exemplary Trail Condition and Crossing Assessment rates surface conditions, identifies capital and maintenance needs, and catalogs amenities to develop a prioritized list of improvements. In the past year, Colorado Springs added six miles of bicycle lanes (bringing the city's total to 100 miles), began utilizing shared lane markings, created a successful valet bicycle parking program and bicycle and trail counting program, and published its first bicycle map. Ms. Bennett previously served two terms as a Board Member for APBP.

Jean-Francois Rheault, the North American Director of Eco-Counter, has worked with the City of Vancouver, B.C., to install counters that are working to justify new pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure in the city. His work to bring the first public bicycle counter with display (Eco-Totem) to the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, Ore., has led to increased public investment in bicycling. He is now working in California to create counters that will aid in pedestrian safety analysis.

Tessa Greegor has worked energetically to make significant bicycle and pedestrian planning advances across the Greater Puget Sound Region. Her bold vision and unstoppable work ethic are already legendary. As lead for the Cascade Bicycle Club's CDC-funded Communities Putting Prevention to Work project, Ms. Greegor wrote three large manuals (Complete Streets Guide, Multi-modal Level of Service Guide, and Quantifying and Prioritizing Non-Motorized Transportation Investments) and trained city staff from six jurisdictions.

Through her work as an author and analyst, Stefanie Seskin helps establish best practices and influence policy makers. Her contributions include chapters and case studies in Complete Streets: Best Policy & Implementation Practices, published by the American Planning Association, and policy analysis in the AARP Public Policy Institute's Planning Complete Streets for an Aging America. In addition, she writes the National Complete Streets Coalition's e-news, Twitter feeds and website. As a member of the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation's Advisory Committee for Complete Streets for Canada, her reach is international.


Awards Criteria and APBP Hall of Fame

The APBP Awards program began in 2000 with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Awards for Public and Private Sector Professionals of the Year were added in 2007; the Young Professional of the Year award was added in 2009.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has made a substantial commitment to the profession during his or her lifetime and who has shown excellence in the field of bicycle and pedestrian planning, design, advocacy, and/or education. The award distinguishes those whose vision and determination have made their communities better places to bicycle and walk and who inspire the rest of us. This award is open to both APBP members and non-members who have contributed to our profession. A person may be nominated posthumously, after retirement, or while still working in the field. 
 
Lifetime Achievement Award Winners
(click on a name to read an interview or biography)
 
2012 Charles Zegeer, Director, Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC), UNC-HSRC 
2011 Mary Paul Meletiou, Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager (retired), NC-DOT and ITRE
Tom Huber, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator (retired), WI DOT
2010 Lois Thibault, Director of Research (retired), U.S. Access Board, Washington, D.C.
2009 Bettina Zimny, Director of Planning, The RBA Group, Morristown, N.J.
2008 Linda Crider, Executive Director, Bike Florida
Suzan Pinsof, Principal, Suzan Anderson Pinsof & Associates, Chicago, IL
2007 Michael Ronkin, Founder and Principal, Designing Streets for People
2006 Bill Feldman, Manager, Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects, The RBA Group, Morristown, N.J.
2005  John LaPlante, Director of Traffic Engineering, T.Y. Lin International, Chicago, IL
2004 Bill Wilkinson, Executive Director, National Center for Bicycling and Walking, Bethesda, MD
John Williams, Editor and Senior Planner, National Center for Bicycling and Walking, Bethesda, MD
2003 Andy Clarke, President, League of American Bicyclists, Washington, D.C.  (Distinguished Service)
2002 John Fegan, FHWA, Washington, D.C.
2001 Peter Lagerwey, Senior Transportation Planner, City of Seattle, WA
2000 Dan Burden, Founder, Walkable and Livable Communities (WALC) Institute
 
The Professional of the Year Awards recognize the achievements of pedestrian and bicycle professionals made during the preceding 12-month period. Separate awards acknowledge professionals working in the public sector, private practice, and those under age 30. These awards are open to APBP members only.
 
2012 Professional of the Year (Public) Kristin Bennett, City of Colorado Springs
2012 Professional of the Year (Private) Jean-Francois Rheault, Eco-counter, Montreal
2012 Young Professional of the Year Tessa Greegor, Cascade Bicycle Club, Seattle
Stefanie Seskin, National Complete Streets Coalition
2011 Professional of the Year (Public) Nicole Freedman, City of Boston
2011 Professional of the Year (Private) Marc Joliecoeur, Vélo Québec, Montreal
2011 Young Professional of the Year Brian Graham, City of Greenville, NC
2011 Meritorious Service Award Rep. James Oberstar, Chisholm, MN
2010 Professional of the Year (Public) Leslie Meehan, Nashville Area MPO
Jim Sebastian, District of Columbia DOT
2010 Professional of the Year (Private) Andrea White-Kjoss, Bikestation, Long Beach, CA
2010 Young Professional of the Year Dan Jatres, New Orleans RPC
2010 Meritorious Service Award Tedson Meyers, Board Chairman Emeritus, NCBW
2009 Professional of the Year (Public) Rob Burchfield, Portland Bureau of Transportation
2009 Young Professional of the Year Kathryn Reid Moore, City of Miami
2008 Professional of the Year (Public) James Ercolano, NYS DOT
2008 Professional of the Year (Private) Jennifer Toole, Toole Design Group, Hyattsville, MD
2007 Professional of the Year (Public) Rochelle Wheeler, Senior Planner, Alameda CTC
2007 Professional of the Year (Private) Mia Birk, Principal, Alta Planning + Design, Portland, OR
 
 
 Professional of the Year Awards recognize those who in the past 12 months have accomplished some or all of the following:

• Initiated, advanced, and/or published innovative research
• Brought about institutional change to increase the quality and amount of pedestrian and/or bicycle improvements
• Advanced the professional knowledge of others
• Been active or involved in other organizations to share and expand the knowledge base of both
• Advanced the perception of the profession in the eyes of the public
• Published or presented innovative research
• Produced high quality plans and designs
• Provided educational and training opportunities for new and existing professionals
• Helped to expand the quality of employment opportunities in the field
• Volunteered his or her time in the field.
 
The Young Professional of the Year Award recognizes a person under age 30, in either the public or private sector, whose leadership and accomplishments distinguish her from her cohort.

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