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APBP Annual Award Winners
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APBP 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award and Professional-of-the-Year Awards
 
Deb Hubsmith, Lifetime Achievement
Sean Co, Professional of the Year - Public Sector
Jessica Roberts, Professional of the Year - Private Sector
Barb Chamberlain, Professional of the Year - Non-Profit Sector
Jessie Holzer, Young Professional of the Year
 





Deb Hubsmith
2015 Lifetime Achievement Award

Sean Co
Professional
of the Year
Public Sector

Jessica Roberts
Professional
of the Year
Private Sector

Barb Chamberlain
Professional
of the Year
Non-Profit Sector

Jessie Holzer
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 30, held during the Professional Development Seminar in St. Louis. Click on a name to read each person's award citation.
 
The Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Deb Hubsmith, who founded the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. Sean Co, until recently a Transportation Planner with the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Commission, was honored as the Professional of the Year – Public Sector and Jessica Roberts, of Alta Planning + Design, won the Professional of the Year - Private Sector award. Barb Chamberlain, Executive Director of Washington Bikes, was recognized as Professional of the Year in the Non-Profit Sector. Jessie Holzer, Mobility Deputy in the office of Los Angeles Councilmember Mike Bonin, 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.


 

Awards Criteria and APBP Hall of Fame | Click here for a list of all Annual Award winners

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

2015
 Deb Hubsmith, Founder, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
2014
 Jeff Olson, RA, Principal, Alta Planning + Design
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.
 
2015
Young Professional of the Year
Jessie Holzer, Mobility Deputy for Los Angeles Council Member Mike Bonin
2015
Professional of the Year (Nonprofit)
Barb Chamberlain, Executive Director of Washington Bikes
2015
Professional of the Year (Public)
Sean Co, Transportation Planner, SFMTC
2015
Professional of the Year (Private)
Jessica Roberts, Principal, Alta Planning + Design
2014
Young Professional of the Year
Dr. Adonia Lugo, Equity Manager, League of American Bicyclists
2014
Professional of the Year (Nonprofit)
James Wilson, Executive Director, Bike Delaware
2014
Professional of the Year (Public)
Stephen Patchan, City of Pittsburgh Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator
2014
Professional of the Year (Private)
Nick Jackson, NE Regional Office Director, Toole Design Group
2013 Young Professional of the Year Kyle Wagenschutz, Bikeway/Pedestrian Coordinator, City of Memphis
2013 Professional of the Year
(Non-profit)
Darren Flusche, Policy Director, League of American Bicyclists
2013 Professional 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
2013 Professional 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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