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Postcard #2 from Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place
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What a First Day! Wish you were here.
It’s inspiring to be among so very many people-- all working toward the same or complementary goals, but from such a rich mix of fields, disciplines, interests, levels of government, types of businesses and organizations, and from so many different places. Among the constant handshakes and hugs that mark reunions, there are twice as many new connections. Lunch for a 1,000 change agents did look like something right out of Star Wars. Still we miss what you could have brought to the table.

Meet Isabella (And Her Mom)
Today we met a special girl who can change bicycling for everyone. Martha Roskowski from People for Bikes introduced us to Isabella. She’s 12 and ready to independently explore her world on her own terms. But are our networks safe enough for her mom to let her ride? What if we planned and designed every project for Isabella? Wouldn’t that be better for all of us--including Isabella’s mom? Check out Build It For Isabella.
Candid Mayors’ Experiences and Perspectives
Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia credited bike lanes as part of what drove the growth that helped his city recover from the recession. High poverty rates and large numbers of young people made social equity a factor in designing their bike share system. It will not require a credit card for access. Morgantown, WV Mayor Jennifer Selin advised that staff are able to more effectively work with reasonable advocates who suggest specific solutions. Memphis Mayor AC Wharton described surveying residents, and then coordinating and concentrating needed improvements on 25 square blocks all at once. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto noted the reality of cities competing to attract and keep young talent who travel in different ways than systems designed decades or generations ago.

Mayors' Panel - Morgantown, WV Mayor Jennifer Selin, Memphis, TN Mayor AC Wharton, Phildelphia, PA Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Pittsburgh, PA Mayor William Peduto, Moderator Martha Roskowski
APBP Awards Celebrate Bike-Ped Leadership
APBP recognized and celebrated the leadership of these bike-ped professionals:
  • APBP Lifetime Achievement Award: Jeff Olson
  • APBP Professional of the Year Award-Public Sector: Stephen Patchan
  • APBP Professional of the Year Award-Private Sector: Nick Jackson
  • APBP Professional of the Year Award-Nonprofit Sector: James Wilson
  • APBP Young Professional of the Year Award: Adonia Lugo.
Check the APBP website for details about how these leaders have and continue to contribute to bicycling and walking. Congratulations awardees!