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APBP 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award and Professional-of-the-Year Awards
 
Randy Wade, AICP, Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
Katherine Glowacz, Public Sector Professional of the Year 

Dr. Trisalyn Nelson, Research Professional of the Year
Gwen Shaw, Young Professional of the Year

 
 

The Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals (APBP) announces the winners of its annual awards program to honor excellence in the profession. Three Professional of the Year awards and the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the APBP annual meeting at Walk/Bike/Places in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 16, 2018.

The 2018 APBP Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Randy Wade, AICP. Ms. Wade is the former director for Pedestrian Projects Group with the New York City Department of Transportation. APBP is bestowing our most prestigious annual award for her work in developing and advocating for “Instant Projects,” that quickly and dramatically reoriented NYCDOT's approach to improving safety and quality of life across the city. The “Instant Projects” method is now standard throughout the world and has been referred to as “interim designs,” “tactical urbanism,” and or "lighter/quicker/cheaper.” This extremely cost-effective method allows for bold ideas to be tested, evaluated, and refined, all while building public support and identifying funding for long-term build-outs.

The APBP Professional of the Year Awards recognize the achievements of pedestrian and bicycle professionals made in the last twelve months in the private and nonprofit sector and one young professional under the age of 30.

The 2018 Public Sector Professional of the Year is being given to Katherine Glowacz, Active Transportation Planner. Ms. Glowacz’s work with the Centre City Cycle Track Network Pilot, Calgary’s 6.5km instant network of cycle tracks and shared space, sets her apart in the public sector.  She oversaw an evaluation and monitoring program that included 82 performance measures. By packaging results into a yearbook, Ms. Glowacz was able to effectively communicate to the Calgary City Council and other stakeholders who then made the Pilot a permanent fixture for the City of Calgary. 

Dr. Trisalyn Nelson, Director and Professor at Arizona State University, receives the APBP Research Professional of the Year award. Dr. Nelson’s research contributing to improving bicycling safety data and methods to map bicycle ridership stand out in the field this year.  Her project to capture crowdsourced and official bicycling safety data, www.BikeMaps.org, allows professionals to characterize conditions in which crashes versus near misses are reported, and development of safety predictors along multi-use pathways will have a long-lasting impact on our profession. 

And Gwen Shaw, Engineer at Toole Design Group, is awarded as our 2018 Young Professional of the Year.  Ms. Shaw’s approach to making communities and streets more livable by experimentation, flexibility and adaptation led to the implementation of Portland’s first ADA accessible pop-up floating bus island, allowing transit riders and street users more convenient transit access while providing traffic calming benefits to a busy commercial corridor.  
 


 

Awards Criteria 

The APBP Awards program began in 2000 with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Awards for Public and Private Sector Professionals of the Year were added in 2007; the Young Professional of the Year award was added in 2009.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has made a substantial commitment to the profession during his or her lifetime and who has shown excellence in the field of bicycle and pedestrian planning, design, advocacy, and/or education. The award distinguishes those whose vision and determination have made their communities better places to bicycle and walk and who inspire the rest of us. This award is open to both APBP members and non-members who have contributed to our profession. A person may be nominated posthumously, after retirement, or while still working in the field. 
 
Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

2018  Randy Wade, AICP, former director for Pedestrian Projects Group with the New York City Department of Transportation
2017 Norma Moores, P. Eng., Associate and Manager, Active Transportation, IBI Group 

2016

Barbara McCann, Director, Office of Safety, Energy and Environment for the U.S. Department of Transportation
2015
Deb Hubsmith, Founder, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
2014
Jeff Olson, RA, Principal, Alta Planning + Design
2013 Anne Lusk, PhD, Research Scientist, Harvard School of Public Health
2012 Charles Zegeer, Director, Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC), UNC-HSRC 
2011 Mary Paul Meletiou, Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager (retired), NC-DOT and ITRE
Tom Huber, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator (retired), WI DOT
2010 Lois Thibault, Director of Research (retired), U.S. Access Board, Washington, D.C.
2009 Bettina Zimny, Director of Planning, The RBA Group, Morristown, N.J.
2008 Linda Crider, Executive Director, Bike Florida
Suzan Pinsof, Principal, Suzan Anderson Pinsof & Associates, Chicago, IL
2007 Michael Ronkin, Founder and Principal, Designing Streets for People
2006 Bill Feldman, Manager, Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects, The RBA Group, Morristown, N.J.
2005  John LaPlante, Director of Traffic Engineering, T.Y. Lin International, Chicago, IL
2004 Bill Wilkinson, Executive Director, National Center for Bicycling and Walking, Bethesda, MD
John Williams, Editor and Senior Planner, National Center for Bicycling and Walking, Bethesda, MD
2003 Andy Clarke, President, League of American Bicyclists, Washington, D.C.  (Distinguished Service)
2002 John Fegan, FHWA, Washington, D.C.
2001 Peter Lagerwey, Senior Transportation Planner, City of Seattle, WA
2000 Dan Burden, Founder, Walkable and Livable Communities (WALC) Institute
 
The Professional of the Year Awards recognize the achievements of pedestrian and bicycle professionals made during the preceding 12-month period. Separate awards acknowledge professionals working in the public sector, private practice, and those under age 30. These awards are open to APBP members only.
 
2018  Young Professional of the Year Gwen Shaw, Engineer at Toole Design Group 
2018  Professional of the Year (Public)  Katherine Glowacz, Active Transportation Planner 
2018  Professional of the Year (Research)   Dr. Trisalyn Nelson, Director and Professor at Arizona State University
 2017 Young Professional of the Year

Grace Kyung, Special Project Director, Trailnet 

 2017 Professional of the Year (Nonprofit) Leah Shahum, Executive Director, Vision Zero Network 
 2017

Professional of the Year (Public) 

Julie Walcoff, Active Transportation Program Manager, Ohio Department of Transportation 

2016 
Young Professional of the Year
Carlos Hernandez, Bike Share Program Coordinator for the City of Oakland, CA
2016
Professional of the Year (Nonprofit)
Tamika Butler, Executive Director for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
2016
Professional of the Year (Public)
Dan Goodman, FHWA Office of Human Environment, Livability Team
2016
Professional of the Year (Private)
Ryan Johnson, Senior Planner for Alta Planning + Design
2015
Young Professional of the Year
Jessie Holzer, Mobility Deputy for Los Angeles Council Member Mike Bonin
2015
Professional of the Year (Nonprofit)
Barb Chamberlain, Executive Director of Washington Bikes
2015
Professional of the Year (Public)
Sean Co, Transportation Planner, SFMTC
2015
Professional of the Year (Private)
Jessica Roberts, Principal, Alta Planning + Design
2014
Young Professional of the Year
Dr. Adonia Lugo, Equity Manager, League of American Bicyclists
2014
Professional of the Year (Nonprofit)
James Wilson, Executive Director, Bike Delaware
2014
Professional of the Year (Public)
Stephen Patchan, City of Pittsburgh Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator
2014
Professional of the Year (Private)
Nick Jackson, NE Regional Office Director, Toole Design Group
2013 Young Professional of the Year Kyle Wagenschutz, Bikeway/Pedestrian Coordinator, City of Memphis
2013 Professional of the Year
(Non-profit)
Darren Flusche, Policy Director, League of American Bicyclists
2013 Professional of the Year (Public) Joshuah D. Mello, AICP, Assistant Director of Planning, City of Atlanta
Emily Snyder, AICP, Senior City Planner, City and County of Denver
2013 Professional of the Year (Private) Michael King, RA, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates
2012 Professional of the Year (Public) Kristin Bennett, City of Colorado Springs
2012 Professional of the Year (Private) Jean-Francois Rheault, Eco-counter, Montreal
2012 Young Professional of the Year Tessa Greegor, Cascade Bicycle Club, Seattle
Stefanie Seskin, National Complete Streets Coalition
2011 Professional of the Year (Public) Nicole Freedman, City of Boston
2011 Professional of the Year (Private) Marc Joliecoeur, Vélo Québec, Montreal
2011 Young Professional of the Year Brian Graham, City of Greenville, NC
2011 Meritorious Service Award Rep. James Oberstar, Chisholm, MN
2010 Professional of the Year (Public) Leslie Meehan, Nashville Area MPO
Jim Sebastian, District of Columbia DOT
2010 Professional of the Year (Private) Andrea White-Kjoss, Bikestation, Long Beach, CA
2010 Young Professional of the Year Dan Jatres, New Orleans RPC
2010 Meritorious Service Award Tedson Meyers, Board Chairman Emeritus, NCBW
2009 Professional of the Year (Public) Rob Burchfield, Portland Bureau of Transportation
2009 Young Professional of the Year Kathryn Reid Moore, City of Miami
2008 Professional of the Year (Public) James Ercolano, NYS DOT
2008 Professional of the Year (Private) Jennifer Toole, Toole Design Group, Hyattsville, MD
2007 Professional of the Year (Public) Rochelle Wheeler, Senior Planner, Alameda CTC
2007 Professional of the Year (Private) Mia Birk, Principal, Alta Planning + Design, Portland, OR
 
  Professional of the Year Awards recognize those who in the past 12 months have accomplished some or all of the following:

• Initiated, advanced, and/or published innovative research
• Brought about institutional change to increase the quality and amount of pedestrian and/or bicycle improvements
• Advanced the professional knowledge of others
• Been active or involved in other organizations to share and expand the knowledge base of both
• Advanced the perception of the profession in the eyes of the public
• Published or presented innovative research
• Produced high quality plans and designs
• Provided educational and training opportunities for new and existing professionals
• Helped to expand the quality of employment opportunities in the field
• Volunteered his or her time in the field.
 
The Young Professional of the Year Award recognizes a person under age 30, in either the public or private sector, whose leadership and accomplishments distinguish her from her cohort.