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2016 APBP Board of Directors Candidate Statement

Conor Semler, AICP
Senior Planner, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

Conor Semler is a Senior Planner who draws on his experience in urban planning, traffic engineering, and technical research in complete streets design. Conor is highly regarded for his ability to leverage transportation design to create livable and healthy communities. His career has focused on improving conditions for walking and bicycling through better evaluation and design. Conor is a national leader in the planning and design of innovative bicycle facilities. He was involved in the development of both the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide and the FHWA Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide. Conor's experience is informed by his role in leading research, contributing to designs, and working closely with cities to continually evolve and innovate safer, more inviting bicycle facilities.

What I would bring to Board
My strongest attributes are experience, perspective, and vision. Having served on Boards of Directors for both national and local chapter organizations, I understand the needs of both and am eager to help guide APBP through this pivotal time for both the organization and profession. I worked with the Boston Chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) where I helped establish the local chapter as the primary resource for transportation students and professionals in Boston. Previously, I helped establish PedBikeTrans—Australia’s national pedestrian and bicycle professional organization—and worked with advocates at the Boston Cyclists Union. My career has allowed me to work and establish relationships with pedestrian and bicycle professionals across the country, and internationally, including time living and working in the Pacific Northwest, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and Australia. As a member of the APBP Board I will leverage this experience to provide insight and direction for the organization and its membership. I look forward to working collaboratively with the Board to outline the direction of our organization to enhance its position as an integral resource for the industry.

My vision for APBP
As pedestrian and bicycle transportation continues to emerge and innovate at the center of our industry, connections and information sharing among professionals is essential. APBP is the primary resource for sharing best practices and research and the first place most professionals go to find information. This dedicated network of passionate professionals relies on APBP for networking, professional development, and training, on which the organization must continue to focus. With more than a dozen local chapters opening in the past two years, APBP must balance its role as a national resource while providing guidance to local chapters seeking to engage valuable peer-to-peer interactions on a regular basis.

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