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APBP Board of Directors Candidate Statement

Tom Bertulis
Traffic Engineering Manager - Design Consultants, Inc.

Please briefly describe your current position and how your work relates to the bicycle/pedestrian field:  

I currently serve on the APBP Board of Directors and I co-teach a graduate-level class at Tufts University called “Planning for Bicycles and Pedestrians.” Moreover, I am the Traffic Engineering manager for Design Consultants, Inc., a Civil Engineering consultancy in Somerville, Massachusetts. In my role there I work on many bicycle and pedestrian projects, from small ones like implementing Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPIs) which increase pedestrian comfort and safety, to big ones such as the Beacon Street Cycle Track, the Broadway Buffered Bike Lanes, and the South Bay Harbor Trail (shared use for bicycles and pedestrians.) Over the last 18 years I have worked in the civil and traffic engineering field and my main focus over that time has been planning and designing for bikes and pedestrians. 


My experience includes working in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. After working as a traffic engineer in Seattle, I worked on bike/ped planning and design projects in Latin America and in Scotland for nearly six years. I’ve worked with communities across the US and around the world, giving dozens of presentations and working on every type of traffic engineering project from traffic modeling to bike network planning. I helped design and implement the first bike box and the first speed cushion in Mexico City as well as the first cycletrack in Guadalajara. I was published in TRR, the journal of TRB, for my research on motorist yielding to pedestrians and my research on a methodology to design pedestrian overlaps. I have a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from Santa Clara University and Northeastern University, respectively. Both degrees are in Civil Engineering. I’m also a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) and Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE.) 

Why do you want to be a Board member? What do you hope to gain over the term of your Board membership? 

At the risk of sounding like a cliché, I’m passionate about the bike/ped movement, especially as it relates to bike/ped professionals. I would like to improve and grow the profession as a means to building and sustaining healthy, vibrant communities across North America. With my experience, dedication, good-humored nature, and insights from my long time involvement in the bike/ped community, I would be an asset to continue serving on the multidisciplinary APBP board. The relationship would be mutually beneficial as I grow myself both professionally and personally. The network and new knowledge I gain will be invaluable for me and at the same time my international experience and contacts will prove helpful in exchanging information from Europe and Latin America as APBP grows and continues to establish itself as an organization. 

Please describe your goals for APBP and how your leadership on the Board will benefit the association. 

My vision is for APBP to make greater connections with other professional organizations from across the professional spectrum, such as ITE. I would also improve the APBP listserve to make it easier to find specific topics. By recruiting some of the tens of thousands of professionals on Linkedin that include bike/ped work in their job description, I would look to expand the membership of APBP beyond the current membership. I would use my contacts and try to expand APBP membership in Mexico. Moreover, the APBP conference is a golden opportunity for APBP as an organization to grow both in reputation and in stature and I plan on continuing to being a big part of the APBP conference. (I served on the Steering Committee for the last APBP conference.) I will continue to be the Treasurer and do my best to keep the finances in order. Finally, I would like to grow the mentorship program to encourage and guide younger bike/ped professionals as they develop their careers. 

Past volunteer/leadership positions with APBP: 

I’m currently on the Board of Directors of APBP, I’m a mentor with the APBP mentorship program, and I’m the Treasurer for the APBP Board. I was a track chair and on the steering committee for the APBP conference in Memphis and a session chair for the APBP conference in Charlotte as well as serving as a Complete Streets 301 Session Expert at that conference. I’ve served as a reviewer of the APBP Bicycle Boulevard guidelines in 2008 and sat on the APBP Strategic Planning Committee in 2011 as well as being involved in Strategic Planning since joining the Board of Directors in 2015. I also presented at the APBP webinar on Bike Boxes in 2010. Furthermore, I occasionally helped out with other committees, such as the membership committee, as APBP has looked to expand membership. 

Past volunteer/leadership positions with other organizations: 

As a volunteer I’ve been involved with numerous bike/ped groups. I was the Chair of the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board, volunteered with the Boston Cyclists’ Union (BCU) on the Casey Overpass Project, volunteered with the Bicycle Alliance of Washington as a bike buddy and an auction helper, volunteered with the Livable Streets Alliance (LSA) as a technical specialist and LSA representative on the McGrath Boulevard Stakeholders Committee, designed pedestrian maps with Feet First Pedestrian Advocacy, I’ve been involved with both the Somerville Bike Committee (SBC) Engineering subcommittee and the Planning subcommittee, among myriad other bike/ped related volunteer activities going back two decades.