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APBP Board of Directors Candidate Statement

Byron Rushing
Bicycle & Pedestrian Program Manager - Atlanta Regional Commission

Please briefly describe your current position and how your work relates to the bicycle/pedestrian field:  

I am currently the Bicycle & Pedestrian Program Manager at the Atlanta Regional Commission. My work involves long-range planning, policy development, funding, research, and management of a wide range of active transportation and safety initiatives. I was the project manager for the award-winning "Walk. Bike. Thrive!" plan in 2016 and am currently developing a Bike/Ped Safety Action Plan for metropolitan Atlanta. 

Why do you want to be a Board member? What do you hope to gain over the term of your Board membership?



 

I have been an APBP board member for the past three years -- 2015-2017 -- and the experience has been one of the most educational and rewarding of my career. The passion and leadership provided by APBP are important to the transportation field and I look forward to continue serving the association and our membership. I hope to maintain my leadership role and continue to steward the association's current efforts for sustainability, growth, and influence. We have a lot of great things underway and I'm excited to see them through. 

Please describe your goals for APBP and how your leadership on the Board will benefit the association. 

My goals for APBP are expressed in our current strategic plan - maintain a sustainable association; help our members succeed; and provide leadership in our fields. Each of these areas are critical to maintaining APBP's mission "to grow the pedestrian and bicycle profession" and elevate our members' skills and influence. 
During my time on the board we have emphasized fiduciary responsibility, growing membership, and building strong partnerships. These will remain core priorities that we can only accomplish by strengthening our brand, improving our web presence, continuing our webinar resources, supporting local chapters, and maximizing every opportunity that members and potential members interface with the association. I will continue to champion a strong, sustainable, and modern association.  

Past volunteer/leadership positions with APBP: 

Board member (2015-2017); Board President (2017); PDS Planning Committee (2016-2017); Board Vice-President (2016); nominations committee chair/member (2015-2016); Georgia Chapter co-founder and member (2015-current); alliances and various committees (prior to 2015). 

Past volunteer/leadership positions with other organizations: 

I have served as a volunteer or leader with numerous local and national organizations in the transportation and planning fields, including the National Complete Streets Coalition, Vision Zero Network, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, PEDS (Atlanta), Georgia Conservancy, League of American Bicyclists, APA, AMPO, and other organizations.



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