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APBP 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award and Professional-of-the-Year Awards
 
Jeff Olson, Lifetime Achievement
Stephen Patchan, Professional of the Year - Public Sector
Nick Jackson, Professional of the Year - Private Sector
James Wilson, Professional of the Year - Non-Profit Sector
Adonia Lugo, Young Professional of the Year
 

Jeff Olson
2014 Lifetime Achievement Award

Stephen Patchan
Professional
of the Year
Public Sector

Nick Jackson
Professional
of the Year
Private Sector

James Wilson
Professional
of the Year
Non-Profit Sector

Adonia Lugo
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 9, held during the Pro Walk / Pro Bike / Pro Place Conference in Pittsburgh.
 
The Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Jeff Olson, of Alta Planning + Design. Stephen Patchan (until recently the Pittsburgh bike/ped coordinator) was honored as the Professional of the Year – Public Sector and Nick Jackson, of Toole Design Group, won the Professional of the Year - Private Sector award. James Wilson, Executive Director of Bike Delaware, was recognized as Professional of the Year in the Non-Profit Sector. Dr. Adonia Lugo, Equity Manager for the League of American Bicyclists, is APBP's Young Professional of the Year.
 
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 2013 and the spring of 2014. 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.
 
Architect, planner and author Jeff Olson, RA, Principal, Alta Planning + Design, is a pioneer and visionary. Hired as New York State’s first bicycle pedestrian coordinator in 1993, he grew the program from $80,000 to more than $100 million in capital projects. In 1998, he was named director of the U.S. Millennium Trails Program which designated more than 1,000 trails as part of America’s legacy. Jeff developed the nation’s first Bike/Ped Transportation Planning course at SUNY Albany where today he also serves as Co-director of the Initiative for Healthy Infrastructure. A founding Board member of APBP, Jeff’s influence extends to the East Coast Greenway Alliance, Mississippi River Trail and the Grand Canyon Greenway Project. His work at Alta is deep, wide and wonderful. He helped mastermind Alta Bicycle Share. In 2012, Jeff published his first book, The Third Mode: Towards a Green Society.
 
Stephen Patchan’s recent accomplishments include attracting the Pro Walk / Pro Bike / Pro Place 2014 conference to Pittsburgh; facilitating the selection of Pittsburgh for the Green Lane 2.0 Project; and advancing the Pittsburgh Bike Share Program.  Each project on its own would demonstrate significant accomplishment for any city or for any one individual.  Stephen has been responsible for securing all three over the past 12 months. The city’s pledge to support these projects, given the limited government resources available, illustrates Stephen’s passion and commitment to bicycle friendly and walkable communities, as well as his ability to work within the system to accomplish new and innovative initiatives.
 
Nick Jackson, New England Regional Office Director for Toole Design Group, led three transformative projects in 12 months.  The Boston Complete Streets Guidelines documents progressive tools in the complete streets toolkit and applies them to Boston. Simple, accurate data collection for the Boston Bike Network Plan – a 30 year vision and five year action plan – was done by bicycling, walking or driving more than 400 of Boston's 700 miles. A $15M TIGER grant for more than four miles of downtown cycle track called Connect Historic Boston was imagined, planned, written and won thanks to Nick’s guidance.  Future generations will enjoy this counterpart to Boston’s Freedom Trail.

The vision, leadership and effective advocacy work of James Wilson, Executive Director of Bike Delaware, pays off, in funding, state status and messaging. In the last year, the Walkable Bikeable Delaware campaign helped win $6.3 million in dedicated discretionary funding for cycling and walking  in Delaware. Delaware advanced from 5th place (2013) to 4th place (2014) in the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly State rankings (up from 31st in 2010). James also argued successfully that the Delaware Department of Transportation could stop using the MUTCD-approved, but confusing and ambiguous, "Share the Road" sign in favor of “Bicycle May Use Full Lane”.

Adonia Elena Lugo, Ph.D., is the Equity Initiative Manager with the League of American Bicyclists. Dr. Lugo is an impassioned community organizer who makes “invisible cyclists” visible to the bicycle planning world. As a cultural anthropologist, Adonia recognizes diversity in bicycle cultures and draws out techniques to include more communities in active transportation. Her ethnographic research includes interviews with community leaders of color about bicycling for the Seattle Bike Justice Project. She co-founded CicLAvia and Ciudad de Luces in Los Angeles to empower more street users, and especially working-class Latino immigrants, to get involved in bike advocacy and planning.


 

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)
 
2013 Anne Lusk, PhD, Research Scientist, Harvard School of Public Health
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.
 
2013Young Professional of the YearKyle Wagenschutz, Bikeway/Pedestrian Coordinator, City of Memphis
2013Professional of the Year
(Non-profit)
Darren Flusche, Policy Director, League of American Bicyclists
2013Professional of the Year (Public)Joshuah D. Mello, AICP, Assistant Director of Planning, City of Atlanta
Emily Snyder, AICP, Senior City Planner, City and County of Denver
2013Professional of the Year (Private)Michael King, RA, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates
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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