2016 APBP Board of Directors Candidate Statement
Tom Bertulis, PE, PTOE
Manager, Traffic Engineering Department, Design Consultants, Inc.
When I first joined ABPB in 2002, “routine accommodation” and “bike in a house markings” were common bike/ped parlance. Oh, how times have changed! Witnessing the recent opening of the first protected intersection in the U.S. is just the beginning.
A licensed PE and PTOE, I am the Traffic Engineering manager for Design Consultants, Inc., a civil engineering consulting firm in Somerville, Massachusetts. Over the last 16 years I have worked in the civil and traffic engineering field with a bike/ped focus.
My experience includes working in the private, public, and non-profit
sectors. After working as a traffic engineer in Seattle, I worked on
bike/ped planning and design projects in Latin America and in Scotland
for nearly six years. I’ve worked with communities across the U.S. and
around the world, giving dozens of presentations and working on every
type of traffic engineering project
from traffic modeling to bike network planning. I helped
implement the first bike box and the first speed cushion in
as well as the first cycletrack in Guadalajara. I was
in TRR, the journal of TRB, for my research on motorist
pedestrians. I have a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from
University and Northeastern University, respectively. Both
in Civil Engineering.
As a volunteer I’ve been involved with numerous bike/ped groups, from
chairing the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board for three years, to my
current involvement with the Livable Streets Alliance. I’m currently a
mentor with the APBP mentorship program and I’ve served as a reviewer of
the APBP Bicycle Boulevards guidelines in 2008 and sat on the APBP
Strategic Planning Committee in 2011. I presented at the APBP webinar on
Bike Boxes in 2010, was a session moderator for the APBP Professional Development Seminar in 2011,
and I’m a session organizer and serving as a Complete Streets 301
Session Expert for the PDS this year.
What I would bring to Board
With my experience, dedication, good-humored nature, and insights from my long time involvement in the bike/ped community, I would be an asset on the multidisciplinary APBP board. I could help develop new technical guidelines that might prove to be a new revenue source as we expand the reach and influence of APBP. My international experience and contacts will prove invaluable in exchanging information from Europe and Latin America.
My vision for APBP
My vision is for APBP to make greater connections with other professional organizations from across the professional spectrum, such as ITE. I would also improve the APBP list serve to make it easier to find specific topics. By recruiting some of the tens of thousands of professionals on LinkedIn that include bike/ped work in their job description, I would look to expand the membership of APBP beyond the current 1300 members. I would use my contacts and try to open the first APBP chapter in Mexico. Finally, I would like to grow the mentorship program to encourage and guide younger bike/ped professionals as they develop their careers.