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APBP Announces 2014 Scholarship Winners

Thursday, September 25, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Debra Goeks
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PITTSBURGH, PA —The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) announced ten winners of its two scholarship programs. The Gihon Jordan Scholarship, which paid conference registration fees for eight recipients to attend the 2014 Pro Walk / Pro Bike / Pro Place conference in Pittsburgh, is named after a long-time Philadelphia Streets Department traffic engineer who worked to make the city safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and the disabled. Adam Budowski, Hagen Hammons, Justin Jones, Nolan Levenson, Ross Peizer, Cyndi Steiner, Johann Weber and Jessica Wineberg are the 2014 beneficiaries.

Two recipients of the APBP Ken Cross Student Research Scholarship are Alexandra Frackelton and Alice Grossman, who won the 2013 APBP Student Research Poster competition at APBP's Professional Development Seminar in Boulder, Colo., with noteworthy research done at the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Engineering on “Innovative Technology for Sidewalk Assessment: Development and Field Deployment." The grand prize included two registrations to the 2014 Pro Walk / Pro Bike / Pro Place conference in Pittsburgh. The Ken Cross Scholarship program celebrates a man who brought bicycle safety out of the Dark Ages with his landmark 1977 report, "A Study of Bicycle/Motor-Vehicle Accidents: Identification of Problem Types and Countermeasure Approaches."

APBP Executive Director Kit Keller noted, “This year’s ten scholarship recipients exemplify the tremendous talent coming into our profession. Communities will be lucky to have people like them working as planners, engineers and other professionals to make communities more walkable, livable and bicycle-friendly.”

Budowski is a research assistant at the University of Manitoba Transport Information Group where he studies Transportation Engineering/Bicycle and Pedestrian Traffic Monitoring. He hopes after graduating to help ensure that specific aspects of active transportation are always being implemented in a city, e.g., buffered facilities, safer intersections and bike-share.

Frackelton graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a MCRP and MS(CE) in Transportation Planning and Transportation Systems Engineering. She believes firmly in the potential of transportation systems to improve access, community health and environmental quality. Her writings include "Health Benefits of the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail: A Pre-impact Assessment" and "Move Atlanta: A Design Manual for Active, Balanced and Complete Streets." Frackelton recently accepted a job as a Transportation Planner with Toole Design Group in Seattle.

Grossman is a graduate research assistant at the Georgia Institute of Technology where she is pursuing a doctorate in Transportation. Her research focuses on non-motorized transportation and transportation mode choice as well as survey development and analysis. In addition to the Ken Cross Scholarship, Grossman has won numerous fellowships and scholarships. She recently interned with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

Hammons graduated from the University of Oregon in 2014 as a Master of Community and Regional Planning. He’s currently a Transportation Planning Scholar with the National Park Foundation at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area near Atlanta.

Jones manages the Bicycle Friendly Communities program for the Share the Road Cycling Coalition in Belleville, Ont. The program is modeled after that of the League of American Bicyclists in the U.S. Jones’ “audacious goal” is to become one of Canada's leading voices for creating more walkable, bikable, livable communities. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Human Geography.

Levenson recently graduated from NYU Wagner with a Master of Urban Planning degree and is starting work in the Pedestrian Projects Group of the New York City Department of Transportation. His career goal is to make cities better places by improving pedestrian and bicycle safety, while enhancing public transit options.

Peizer begins his second year studying for a master's in Community and Regional Planning at the University of Oregon. There he will serve as President of LiveMove – the university’s transportation and livability student group. Peizer seeks to become a change agent and abides by a professor’s words that “Planners and teachers are the two professions that are working to create a better future.”

Steiner is Executive Director of the New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition. Her organization’s accomplishments include spearheading a complete streets implementation along Hurricane Sandy-ravaged Route 35 at the Jersey Shore. The NJBWC has undertaken a pilot alternative transportation project in Montclair, NJ where car parking is no longer available at the town's six train stations. Steiner holds a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.S. from Stevens Institute of Technology. 

Weber is a PhD student at Georgia Institute of Technology. He aims to bring bicycling and walking into the forefront of state and federal transportation policy. Weber aspires to act as an entrepreneur to bring together policy-makers, advocates, and academics with the joint goal of revamping federal transportation policy and crafting a 21st century vision for the United States.

Wineberg is Program Director at the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin in Milwaukee where her duties include analyzing grocery store plans for bike accessibility, training staff to be bike/ped safety educators, writing grants and coordinating hundreds of volunteers. Wineberg is a true believer in the need for biking and walking to become mainstream, a central part of transportation planning.  She holds a B.A. in Geography and Urban Studies.

Funds for the Gihon Jordan Scholarship were provided by donations from APBP members. To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must be APBP members, show financial need and be students, recent graduates or professionals actively working in the bicycle and pedestrian field. Funds for the Ken Cross Student Research Scholarship were provided by family, friends and colleagues of researcher Ken Cross to continue his legacy of innovative research.