CEDARBURG, WI. In August, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) awarded five national and 17 Colorado scholarships in the biennial APBP Susie Stephens Scholarship program. Susie Stephens was an advocate for transportation reform. In 2008, APBP created the Susie Stephens Scholarship Fund to celebrate her spirit, enthusiasm and optimism.
Scholarships enable planners, engineers and other professionals to attend the APBP Professional Development Seminar (PDS) in Boulder, Colorado Sept. 9-12. For details about the conference, visit www.apbppds.org.
National scholarship winners are Tony Dang, Cara Fisher, Amanda Poncy, Jenna Stanke, and Nicole Schneider. Tony Dang is the State Network Coordinator for California Walks - a small nonprofit walk advocacy organization committed to advancing a community-driven equitable and sustainable transportation policy. Cara Fisher, a master’s candidate in the School of Urban Planning at McGill University (Canada). Amanda Poncy is the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the city of Charlottesville, VA. Nicole Schneider is a Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Consultant for the Alameda Country Transportation Commission. Jenna Stanke is the Bicycle/Pedestrian Program Manager and Parks Planner for the Jackson County Roads and Parks in Jackson County, Oregon.
The Local Host Committee helped APBP raise additional scholarship funds, mostly within Colorado, to offer an additional 17 scholarships to Colorado residents. Colorado scholarship winners are Alyssa Alt, Assistant Director, eGo CarShare; Sarah Boyd, Park Planner, city of Greeley; Rachael Bronson, student, UC Denver; Elaine Erb, Transportation Consultant; Brian Graham, Bicycle Planner and Transportation Coordinator, Boulder Country Transportation; Katie Guthrie, Health Planner, CanDo- University of Colorado Health; Cris Jones, Transportation Planner II, City of Boulder; Kristopher Korba, Bike Ambassador, Community Cycles; Ryan Kragerud, President – Bicycle Longmont, St. Vrain Valley School District; Lissa Myers, Traffic/Transportation Project Manager, NREL(National Renewable Energy Laboratory); Tressa Ortman, Planner, Connection/eGo CarShare; Hannah Polow, Multimodal Transportation Planner, Boulder County Transportation; Catherine Sanders, Way to Go Specialist (Regional TDM Program Sales), Denver Regional Council of Governments; Carly Sieff, Transportation Planner, Fehrs and Peers; Emily Snyder, Senior City Planner at Denver Public Work; Cathy Tuttle, Active Transportation - Safe Routes to School, CLEER-Clean Energy Economy for the Region; James Waddel, Executive Director, Boulder B-cycle.
Susie Stephens received an APBP Scholarship to attend Velo Mondial in Amsterdam in 2000. Less than two years later, at age 36, she was killed by a tourist bus in St. Louis while working on a project with the National Park Service. Susie was a founder and former Managing Director of the Thunderhead Alliance, now the Alliance for Biking and Walking and also served as Executive Director of the Bicycle Alliance of Washington. Her colleagues continue to mourn her loss.
APBP raises scholarship funds throughout the biennium from APBP members, past scholarship recipients, and APBP webinar presenters who waive their honoraria. In addition, APBP allocates the first $250 of each PDS sponsorship donation to the Susie Stephens Scholarship. For the first time in 2013, APBP’s PDS Local Host Committee accepted the challenge to help APBP raise funds within Colorado to enable more local professionals to attend the PDS. A record $12,205 was raised.
The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals provides expertise for sustainable transportation and is the only professional membership organization for the discipline of pedestrian and bicycle transportation. APBP members are employees of all levels of government, consulting firms and non-profits who work in the engineering, planning, landscape architecture, police, safety, health and promotion fields and specialize in improving conditions for bicycling and walking. For more information about the organization, visit www.apbp.org.