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2016 APBP Board of Directors Candidate Statement

Transportation Planner, Morgantown Monongalia MPO

I came to the United States in 2008, and have been working as a transportation planner since 2012. My primary job includes active transportation planning, corridor/subarea study, traffic simulation, travel demand modeling, and public involvement. 

I actively advocate for active transportation. In 2016, I made a presentation of How to Work with Your Local Transportation Planners and Engineers in the National Bike Summit and a presentation of Accommodating Bicyclists in Highway Maintenance Project in the ASCE International Conference on Transportation and Development Conference. I am a board member of West Virginia Connecting Community, where I am involved in promoting pedestrian and bicycle friendly policies in the state. I am also a cycling instructor teaching how to ride a bicycle legally and safely in traffic. 


Before working the Morgantown Monongalia MPO, I worked at the City of Anderson, SC, focusing on complete street corridor design, and interned at the Pedestrian Project Group of NYC DOT. I hold a bachelor and master degree in Music from Beijing Normal University, and master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Clemson University. 

My professional credentials are: American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Professional Transportation Planner (PTP), LEED Accredited Professional-Neighborhood Development (LEED AP ND), Envision Sustainable Professional (ENV SP), and League Cycling Instructor (LCI).

I was the first-prize winner of a national piano competition in China in 2004.  I was a bicyclist commuter in Shanghai (middle school), Changsha (high school), and Beijing (college). Now, I am an avid bicyclist in Morgantown, WV.  


What I would bring to Board
In addition to lead and support committees and groups, I am particularly interested in three initiatives. 
1. International practice. Build a channel between pedestrian and bicycle professionals in the United State and those in the East Asian countries, such as China, Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia. The communication is on both policy level and technical level.   
2. Context sensitive planning on bicycle facilities. It is necessary to distinguish bicycle facility planning and design, although the two are closely related. It is also worthwhile to  help transportation planners, whose focus is not on pedestrian and bicyclist, to understand active transportation planning.  
3. Take initiative to collaborate with American Bicycle Education Association, an organization could provide valuable bicycling-related education for traffic engineers and transportation planners.

My vision for APBP
To provide the best knowledge in active transportation, which supports sustainable growth, community health, and social equity.