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 2015 Professional Development Seminar


St. Louis, Missouri | September 28 - October 1, 2015

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Join us in St. Louis to explore the theme of Flexibility at the 2015 Professional Development Seminar. Tracks include Innovation and Experimentation; Integration and Shared Use; Getting to Yes; and Tools to Advance Health in Transportation Policy. PDS offers nearly 30 in-depth classroom and mobile sessions that explore how flexible, adaptive thinking and planning around active transportation can help build strong communities.

Visit the official conference website, for program and travel information!


APBP Chapter Chat | Thursday, June 25 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EDT

You're invited to share your chapter's success stories and pose questions to other chapter leaders and APBP staff. If you're leading or involved with an existing APBP chapter, thinking about starting a chapter in your area, or just curious about the program, join the chat. Headlining this interactive session is a report from the Boston Chapter on the Walking Evolution and Revolution Conference that they hosted in March.


FHWA's Separated Bike Lane
Planning and Design Guide

FHWA’s new guide outlines planning considerations and design options for separated bike lanes and provides examples of best practices and lessons learned in U.S. cities. Get the guide.

Watch the FHWA webinar introducing the guide here.

The new guide builds on the FHWA's policy of design flexibility, which supports the use of the NACTO's Urban Bikeway Design Guide and the ITE/CNU manual, Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares.

Other related FHWA initiatives and reports:
Safer People, Safer Streets: USDOT Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Initiative, which includes the Mayor's Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets

Beyond Traffic 2045, USDOT's 30-year framework for the future of the US transportation network

Scholarships for APBP Members to attend PDS: Application Deadline is June 15 June 30!

Ken Cross Student Research Poster Contest
Susie Stephens Scholarship Fund

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Students, submit your pedestrian- and bicycle-related research to the 2015 Ken Cross Student Research competition! Five project finalists will receive registration and a travel stipend to attend the 2015 Professional Development Seminar in St.Louis; the Grand Prize is a scholarship to attend the 2016 Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place conference. The deadline to submit an abstract is extended to June 30; you must be an APBP member to enter.



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Thanks to contributions from members and sponsors, APBP's Susie Stephens Scholarship Fund underwrites attendance at the Professional Development Seminar for members who demonstrate financial need. Application deadline has been extended to June 30; you must be an APBP member to apply.

APBP Annual Awards - Nominate Your Heroes through June 30

Help us honor outstanding active transportation professionals. Through June 30, submit nominations for the colleagues who inspire you and have done important work to advance active transportation. Awards are given for Lifetime Achievement, Professional of the Year (Public Sector, Private Sector, and Nonprofit) and Young Professional of the Year. Read the award criteria and submit a nomination here. (Members, you must sign in to the website.)

Read about APBP's 2014 honorees here.

Nominations Open for 2016 Board of Directors

Are you a current professional, advocate ore retired member of APBP? Do you want to be part of an active, enthusiastic team that works to make a difference for APBP members and the active transportation profession? Six seats are open on the 2016 Board of Directors. Click here for details and to submit a nomination! Deadline is July 31.

Want to contribute but not yet ready for prime time?
You want to get involved and meet new colleagues, but you're not sure where to start. No worries--there are lots of ways to connect with APBP. Join a committee--these groups are crucial to APBP's strategic growth. Learn about committees here. Or, get involved with a local chapter. APBP has twelve chapters in the U.S. and in Canada--join an existing group, or start one in your area. Learn about chapters here, or join us on June 25 at 3pm EDT for a Chapter Chat (register here).

Bottom line: Volunteering for APBP offers many one-of-a-kind opportunities for personal growth and professional development. Ready to lend a hand? Sign up here.

First Mile / Last Mile Connections to Transit

June 17 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EDT

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Presenters from Translink (Vancouver, B.C.) and TriMet (Portland, Ore.) discuss their agencies’ work to prioritize connections for people walking and bicycling. Learn about the research and cost/benefit analysis Translink has done to make the case for increased investment in walking and cycling facilities, and how TriMet approaches pedestrian and bicycle network access and prioritizes improvements.

  Photo courtesy of TriMet

New on APBP's YouTube Channel

Talking Biking: Language that Defuses Bike Backlashes | Recorded 6/3/15
Words shape thoughts. Two skilled communicators from cities that have successfully overcome intense backlashes against bicycle infrastructure share their tactics and experiences. Featuring Cathy Tuttle, Executive Director of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, and Doug Gordon of, in conversation with PeopleForBikes staff writer Michael Andersen. Click here to download handouts and see more webinars about protected bike lanes from the Green Lane Project.

Active Transportation Funding and the Next Transportation Bill | Recorded 4/29/15
In this recorded webinar, presenters from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy review the findings of their 2014 poll of likely 2016 voters for both parties, explain the messages that resonated with voters, and share resources for using this information with important decision makers to advocate for funding of active transportation. Click here to download handouts from the webinar.

The Best of ProWalk ProBike ProPlace | Recorded 2/25/2015
APBP and the Project for Public Spaces collaborate to deliver a reprise of the best walking, cycling, and place-making sessions from last year's conference. Featured sessions include Vision Zero for Pedestrian Safety: New Thinking from San Francisco; Designing Intersections for Cycle Tracks: The Vancouver Experience; and Rethinking and Activating Public Space in Seattle and Boston. Click here to download handouts from the webinar.



Building Equity: Race, Class and Protected Bike Lanes | Recorded 3/4/2015
The new report from PeopleForBikes, “Building Equity: Race, Class and Protected Bike Lanes,” makes the case for bicycling infrastructure as an equity tool. Presenters review the research and data, and delve into the concepts highlighted by the domestic and international case studies featured in the report. Click here to download handouts.



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