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This Week at APBP: June 28

Tuesday, June 28, 2016  
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Strategic Planning and PDS Preparations in Memphis
by Heath Maddox


Strategic Planning
On June 17, a dozen members of the APBP Board of Directors met in Memphis, Tennessee. Strategic planning facilitator Brian Riggs from AMR Management Services led the board members and four staff through an intensive three-day strategic planning process. Together, the group crafted three new overarching goals and three dozen supporting strategies. These goals and strategies form the backbone of a new strategic plan that will guide APBP’s efforts to engage, connect, and educate members and help them grow and succeed professionally in their work to advance active and healthy communities.

2017 APBP Professional Development Seminar (PDS)
APBP Board members and staff met with local professionals and advocates to begin the exhilarating process of planning the 2017 PDS. John Paul Shaffer, AICP (Livable Memphis) coordinated three invigorating events to kick off preparations for next year’s PDS:
-A Meet and Greet at City Hall with a very engaging group,
-The Local Host Committee’s first official meeting, and
-A discussion with Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s staff.

Helping with the PDS is a great way to get involved with APBP! Are you interested? Great!
-View presentations from the 2015 PDS in St. Louis.
-View the 2015 PDS program book.
-Contact APBP’s new program manager, Lauren Mangnall.

Photo credit: Kit Keller

Got Webinar Topics?


As another summer dawns across North America, APBP’s webinar planning team (aka the Webinarios) gear up to plan next year’s APBP webinars.

APBP members, you can help the Webinarios design APBP’s monthly education program to meet your needs. Tell APBP:

-What topics are timely?
-Who’s doing replicable work?
-What speakers do you want to hear?

Can you join the APBP Webinarios? This feisty group meets on fourth Fridays at 12 noon Eastern time, virtually of course. A few spaces are open; apply today.

6/29 3:30p ET – free webinar – Urban Acupuncture, hosted by Island Press. Register here.

Photo credit: Craig Williams

Awards x 2


APBP award nominations due 6/30
Just two more days until APBP’s 2016 award nominations close. Who’s doing exemplary work?

APBP will present five awards in September:
-Lifetime Achievement
-Professional of the Year (Public, Private, Nonprofit)
-Young Professional

It’s thrilling to present (and receive) an APBP award. Nominate a colleague today!

USDOT Mayors’ Challenge awards close 6/30 Was your city one of 240 cities that participated in the Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets? If so, why not complete the self-nomination form? Act now!

Photo credit: Tony Hull (In 2009, APBP President Seleta Reynolds presents Bettina Zimny with APBP’s Lifetime Achievement Award in NYC)

Active Street News


Be in the know!
July 12, 1pm Eastern time - Join APBP and the League of American Bicyclists for a lively (and free) update on federal policy in the United States. Register here.

Caron Whitaker of the League offers insights on performance measures and other topics.

Columbus, Ohio wins Smart City Challenge
Last week, Secretary Foxx announced that Columbus, Ohio won the $50 million purse in the USDOT Smart City Challenge. Columbus also raised $90 million in local funds.

Hats off to APBP members in Columbus!

Check out two new and useful tools:
-FHWA Bike Networking Mapping Idea Book
-FHWA/PBIC Pursuing Equity in Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning (white paper)

Photo credit: USDOT
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