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Twitter Chat on May 17, 2018

Click here to read the recap of the Infrastructure Week Twitter Chat, hosted by APBP on May 17.


APBP Adopts AV Policy Statement
April 2018

Click here to read the full APBP policy statement on Automated Vehicles.


Twitter Chat on March 30, 2018

Click here to read the Storify version of the Automated Vehicle Twitter Chat, hosted by APBP on March 30.


Statement in Response to Automated Vehicle Pedestrian Fatality

March 23, 2018 - Early in the morning of Monday March 19, a pedestrian was killed by an automated vehicle (AV) in Tempe, Arizona. The National Transportation Safety Board, an independent agency charged with investigating transportation crashes, is examining this specific incident and we hope their findings shed light on exactly how this crash occurred. 

This tragedy is a reminder that we need to examine how these vehicles are being tested and what criteria automated vehicles must meet before being deployed on our roads. Current legislation in the US Senate requires manufacturers to test their vehicles’ ability to recognize and respond to bicyclists and pedestrians, but leave the design and implementation of the tests to the manufacturers.

The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) is glad to see a detailed investigation into this incident and any in the future. We believe that more research and testing is needed to ensure automated vehicles are able to recognize and respond to pedestrians and bicyclists. The federal government (or a government-commissioned third party) should create that test, and there should be transparency regarding how well a vehicle performs before it is allowed on community streets.

APBP also supports recommendations developed by industry experts to establish guidelines and city interactions with AVs, including: National Association of City Transportation Officials’ (NACTO’s) Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism, U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, and the American Planning Association’s (APA’s) Principles for Autonomous Vehicle Policy

Automated driving systems offer real potential in terms of reducing traffic deaths and serious injuries, but only if they are robustly tested to meet specified safety standards.


APBP Adopts Policy Principles
Adopted December 2017

As part of their on-going work for the association, the APBP Policy Committee recently proposed a set of principles to the Board of Directors.  The principles are fundamental statements that are broadly acknowledged and acted upon by APBP members and will serve as a guide for our work in the coming year.  Caron Whitaker has been assisting the committee in her role as APBP Policy Specialist and we’re grateful for her guidance in federal and legislative matters.

APBP Policy Principles:

  1. APBP represents the professional expertise and practical experience of its members in transportation policy discussions to advance active and healthy communities.
  2. APBP endorses active transportation as an integral part of transportation systems through all stages of planning, design, funding, and implementation.
  3. APBP supports connected, convenient, and safe streets and pathways in every community and planning with the input of every member of a community. 
  4. APBP advances street designs that make walking and bicycling a viable option for everyone in every place.


Click here to view recent articles from APBP Policy Specialist, Caron Whitaker.


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