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2017 Young Professional of the Year
APBP 2017 Young Professional-of-the-Year
 Grace Kyung, Special Project Director, Trailnet


Grace has worked tirelessly at the intersection of planning, design, and public health to build public interest in and community support for walking and bicycling. Through her work at Trailnet on the Plan4Health project, Grace has changed the way the St Louis Region and the State of Missouri talk about traffic calming. The project’s traffic calming pop-up demonstrations and accompanying how-to guide highlight the ability of physical interventions in the built environment to address traffic problems and non-motorized safety. Grace has used the Plan4Health project as a springboard for discussion with community leaders through local presentations and has shared the project’s success and lessons learned on national webinars and at national conferences, including three sessions at the 2016 ProWalk/ProBike/ProPlace conference. In January of 2017, the project won the Transportation Research Board’s John and Jane Q. Public Award for best practices in communicating the connection between transportation and public health. Grace’s contributions to bicycling and walking in the St. Louis Region and beyond are exhibited through her ability to engage diverse partners to build a broad-based coalition of advocates to advance active transportation priorities and issues. Her work across the urban/rural divide in Missouri allows her to work with MPOs, RPCs, small rural communities, large urban cities, health departments, planning departments, elected officials, community residents, and other stakeholders to advance community health through the provision of safe spaces for walking and bicycling. She also manages a statewide traffic calming pop-up lending library, providing materials to communities across Missouri to host their own demonstrations.  Whether as vice-chair of East West Gateway’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, co-chair of the American Planning Association’s Healthy Communities Collaborative, or coalition member of the St Louis Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Partnership, Grace thoughtfully communicates the value of active transportation and offers collaborative solutions to integrate bicycling and walking into the fabric of our communities. Grace’s passion for and dedication to the work we all value is matched by her professionalism, her congeniality, and her positive spirit. Grace has raised the bar for the planning and active transportation communities in our region as a skilled communicator who can reach across personal and professional divides to convey the value of the work we all do on a daily basis. For these reasons, Grace Kyung deserves recognition as APBP’s Young Professional of the Year.  


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