APBP Supports INVEST in America Act

On June 29, APBP signed onto a letter to Congress along with over 30 other organizations to support the INVEST in America Act.

We are urging Congress to vote in favor of the INVEST Act, which is part of H.R. 2. This important piece of legislation will help make our transportation safe and accessible for people bicycling, walking, rolling, and taking transit. Providing more affordable transportation options improves public health and reduces congestion and air pollution in our communities.

Read the full letter here.

APBP Stands in Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter

APBP stands in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter. We are outraged, dismayed, and grief-stricken by the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, David McAtee, and Ahmaud Arbery as the latest people killed by police. As an organization of pedestrian and bicycle professionals, we know this injustice is occurring on our streets and that the built environment has been designed in ways that both reflect and signal racism. We have a moral imperative to take action to fight racism and center equity in our work.

We recognize explicitly that centuries of systemic and institutionalized racism have resulted in walking and bicycling being much more dangerous for people of color, particularly Black people. Deliberate decisions about the placement of highways and major roads disrupted Black neighborhoods and created barriers to freedom of movement.  In addition to documented disparities in transportation safety, access, mobility, and health burdens, Black people experience violence, intimidation, harassment and racial biases on our streets and in public spaces. The resulting damage to life, physical and mental health, economic opportunities, and general well-being is real, profound, multi-generational, and unacceptable.

APBP exists to support professionals in creating more walkable, bikeable places that support the free and safe movement of all bodies. We foster peer knowledge exchange, advancement of technical expertise, and the professional development of our members. We recognize that planners, engineers, and other professionals working in this space have participated, knowingly and unknowingly, in creating places that reinforce oppression and injustice in our communities. Reform is needed at all levels of the profession to repair the harm that has been caused, and to result in more just communities.

As important as it is to speak out, a statement is not enough. APBP, as an organization, commits to serving this cause with explicit plans, evaluation, and reporting on our work to:

  • create a learning space for productive discourse within our community
  • build capacity for centering justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion within our work
  • lift up Black voices in our webinars, conferences, committees, and leadership
  • evolve the association’s practices with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion through our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force

As leaders within the pedestrian and bicycle profession, we call on our community to:

  • acknowledge the privilege that White professionals have in this field of work
  • educate ourselves on how to dismantle systems of oppression
  • engage in respectful dialogue within our community forum
  • listen and learn from lived experiences we may not share
  • foster and support opportunity for Black people in our workplaces, professional organizations, and other career spaces
  • practice community-led planning and establish processes of collaboration that build local capacity and amplify voices that have been silenced in the past
  • make a strong and public commitment to inclusive procurement policies, set and report on ambitious targets to intentionally hire, partner, and procure/purchase services and goods from Black-owned businesses.

We undertake this work with a sense of deep urgency and the will to sustain our efforts over the long road ahead. We know that there are people in our membership and the professions we represent that have engaged in working to dismantle anti-Black racism. Others are newer in their understanding and the learning process. We will all make mistakes as we develop and exercise the collective power in our profession to change the way we do our work and its outcomes. Like many professions we refer to “practicing” our disciplines--that means we keep trying, learning, and improving. We thank you for reading this statement and invite you to join us in a commitment to create strong, just communities. Together we can, and must, address the painful legacy of the past and create welcome spaces and opportunity for the future.

APBP Supports Safe Routes to School Expansion Act

Last month, Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) introduced the “Safe Routes to School Expansion Act” which would expand funding for infrastructure improvements critical to student safety. The legislation expands eligibility under the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) to include projects under Safe Routes to School Programs such as sidewalks, crosswalks, signage and bus stop shelters.

"Safe Routes to School not only encourages kids to bike and walk to school, which improves their health and wellbeing, but these projects are also great for communities by encouraging active transportation for everyone. said Jessica Roberts, President of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. "This bill makes building sidewalks, crosswalks and bikeways more accessible for communities who want to make their streets safer."

Read the full press release here.

APBP Publishes Policy Statement on Performance Measures

The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) recommends that transportation agencies and governments consider the needs and desires of all users of the transportation system in line with a commitment to complete streets. To accomplish this, APBP recommends the use of multimodal performance measures that reflect community goals.

A holistic set of performance measures should derive from the goals of the community as determined through robust public engagement. Goals should consider the following themes and recognize the ways in which they are interconnected:

  • Safety
  • Public Health
  • Access and Mobility
  • Environmental
  • Economic vitality
  • Equity
  • Livable places

Performance measures should leverage both quantitative and qualitative analyses. Data collection and analysis methods should recognize that community engagement and qualitative information are valuable. Both types of information help decision makers and the public to understand trade-offs between alternatives and guide decisions that best align with community goals. Furthermore, performance measures and transportation data should be accessible to the public.

Goals and performance measures should apply to a wide variety of project types and at multiple tasks and checkpoints throughout the project.

We recently published our Performance Measures Policy Statement. The full statement can be accessed here.

APBP and PPS to partner on Walk/Bike/Places 2020

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) are both pleased to announce a new joint venture for Walk/Bike/Places held next in Indianapolis, IN, August 4-7, 2020.

Walk/Bike/Places 2020 will feature 7 breakout tracks: Infrastructure, Planning, Place, Health, Advocacy, Transit and Excellence. As part of the partnership in 2020, APBP will manage the Infrastructure track to ensure that the content promotes best practices and that it meets the professional development needs of APBP members. For more about the conference tracks and formats visit the conference website. The full program will be revealed in early Spring 2020.

Under the joint venture PPS has contracted with APBP to manage the event’s exhibit space. The conference will continue the tradition of providing discounted registrations to APBP members. New for 2020: complimentary APBP student memberships for anyone who registers for Walk/Bike/Places as a Student/Recent Graduate.

“Formalizing a relationship with APBP has been a longstanding goal of the conference,” said Mark Plotz, Conference Director of Walk/Bike/Places. “APBP members represent the largest segment of our audience and they are important to the sustainability of our event. It is only right and long overdue that we go beyond our verbal support for the organization, and make a pledge to APBP’s future,” Plotz added.

Jessica Roberts, APBP President, noted "Walk/Bike/Places is the premiere gathering for active transportation professionals, and our members tell us how much they value its outstanding professional development and networking opportunities. We are thrilled to be working closely with PPS to make Indianapolis the best conference yet."

Early Registration is now open for Walk/Bike/Places 2020 until March 31, 2020, and this year’s sponsorship and exhibitor package can be found here.

Walk/Bike/Places 2020 will feature 60+ breakout sessions, peer coaching by subject matter experts, and poster displays. The 3-day conference will also feature mobile workshops that showcase the best placemaking and active transportation projects in the host city, all led by members of the local community.

We hope you will join APBP, PPS, and 1,500 other planners, placemakers, advocates, health professionals, designers, engineers and others in Indianapolis, this summer, to make Walk/Bike/Places 2020 a great success!

For more information please contact:
Rebecca Weiser
Project for Public Spaces
212-620-5660
[email protected] 

 

APBP Responds to Recommended Mandatory Helmet Laws from the National Transportation Safety Board

As an association of practitioners in a field that promotes and encourages safe bicycling, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) and fifty of our partners from industry groups, the private sector, community and nonprofit organizations, and national associations recently sent a letter to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) expressing our grave concern with the recommendation on mandatory helmet laws in their latest bicycle safety report.

APBP agrees that improving the safety of people walking and biking is paramount. However, we believe mandatory helmet laws have the potential to not only reduce the number of people biking, but to actually make bicycling less safe rather than more safe.

Multiple studies across North America, Europe and Australia have shown that bicycling safety differs from other modes in one specific way. There is a safety in numbers effect to bicycling that not only reduces the rate of crashes and fatalities for people biking, but actually reduces the number of crashes, even as the number of bicycling trips increase.

In the letter, APBP stressed the importance of increasing the number of people of bicycling to ensuring bicycling is safe. Bike helmet laws are not the same as mandatory seat belt or motorcycle helmet laws. In contrast to these laws, there is clear evidence that the more people bicycling in a community, the safer bicycling becomes for everyone, and there is evidence that mandatory helmet laws can reduce bicycling rates, effecting the “safety in numbers’ argument. Mandatory helmet laws also make it harder for bikeshare, a service that increases bicycling rates and thus bicycling safety, to be successful.

In U.S. cities, the increase in bicycling trips has not only led to a reduction in crash and fatality rates, but even as the number of miles bicycled increased, actual numbers of crashes and fatalities have decreased.  APBP is also concerned about discriminatory enforcement of mandatory bicycle helmet laws, which is evidenced with the current mandatory helmet laws for minors, common across the U.S. 

Fifty organizational partners on both the national and regional level, including the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO, the North American Bikeshare Association (NABSA), People for Bikes, and Better Bike Share Partnership signed onto the letter.  APBP has requested a meeting with NTSB to discuss the matter further in person.

View the letter to NTSB here.

APBP Publishes Policy Statement on Shared Micromobility

APBP supports the development of shared micromobility programs and supporting policies as a key element of a community’s comprehensive transportation system. APBP believes that shared micromobility programs have the potential to improve access and reduce barriers to amenities, services, and jobs; increase transportation options; reduce congestion on city streets; act as a catalyst for infrastructure that increases safety for all vulnerable users; improve air quality; and support local economic development. To ensure an effective, equitable, and sustainable program, communities must take a proactive approach to managing shared micromobility.

We recently published our Shared Micromobility Programs Policy Statement. The full statement can be accessed here.

APBP Revises Vision Zero Policy Statement

APBP believes traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries are preventable and should not be tolerated. 

APBP supports the Vision Zero approach to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries through a systematic focus on engineering solutions supported by proactive policies, data analysis, equitable enforcement, and engagement programs.

APBP endorses the work of the Vision Zero Network and commends cities that have joined the network. These early-adopter cities are helping build political will to dramatically improve safety for all users of public rights-of-way. APBP encourages jurisdictions to adopt Vision Zero Policies and Action Plans.

APBP has just revised our Vision Zero Policy Statement, originally published in July 2018.  Click here to read the full statement

APBP Publishes Automated Driving Systems Policy Statement

APBP believes automated vehicles represent an emerging technology that carries great potential for both positive and negative outcomes, and must be designed and operated to ensure functional safety for all people using streets and highways. Automated Driving Systems (ADSs) must readily detect and protect people walking and bicycling – regardless of age, ability, location, time of day, and other factors – from serious injury or death.

The APBP supports:

  • Establishing minimum performance standards for detection and reaction capabilities of all ADS technologies, regardless of the level of automation
  • Enhancing testing and regulation, including implementation of policies that emphasize actions to improve safety for people walking and biking
  • Keeping low the number of ADS vehicles allowed exemptions from safety standards
  • Building a public database of limitations, capabilities, and safety evaluation reports to increase consumer awareness of ADS performance

We recently published our Automated Driving Systems Policy Statement, an update from our original Automated Vehicles Policy Statement.  Click here to read the full statement.

June ITE Journal Article Promotes Bike Safety through Safe Road Design

APBP and ITE members Matt Pinder, M.Eng, E.I.T. and Alex Nolet, M.Eng, P.Eng. highlight the benefits of promoting bike safety through safe road design in the June edition of the ITE Journal.  June is National Safety Month, and the article highlights some of the fundamental safety aspects to consider when planning and designing bicycle facilities.

Read the full article here.

APBP Mentor Visit: Yvonne Mwangi and Kate Riordan

My mentor, Kate Riordan, planner with the City of Milwaukee Public Works Department's Multimodal Unit, had invited me to her office for the day. We were so happy to finally meet face to face, but since we had been talking for the better part of a year, we felt like old friends. Fun fact, as Kate and I got to chatting, we discovered that we happened to be reading the same book: Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez. Throughout this year, we have read books together but this was a total coincidence. "Great minds…".  Kate introduced me to the team at the Multimodal Unit, which is housed in the Department of Public Works.

Read the full article here.