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Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals Announces 2018 Annual Award Winners

Monday, September 10, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Melanie Bowzer
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The Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals (APBP) announces the winners of its annual awards program to honor excellence in the profession. Three Professional of the Year awards and the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the APBP annual meeting at Walk/Bike/Places in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 16, 2018.

The 2018 APBP Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Randy Wade, AICP. Ms. Wade is the former director for Pedestrian Projects Group with the New York City Department of Transportation. APBP is bestowing our most prestigious annual award for her work in developing and advocating for “Instant Projects,” that quickly and dramatically reoriented NYCDOT's approach to improving safety and quality of life across the city. The “Instant Projects” method is now standard throughout the world and has been referred to as “interim designs,” “tactical urbanism,” and or "lighter/quicker/cheaper.” This extremely cost-effective method allows for bold ideas to be tested, evaluated, and refined, all while building public support and identifying funding for long-term build-outs.

The APBP Professional of the Year Awards recognize the achievements of pedestrian and bicycle professionals made in the last twelve months in the private and nonprofit sector and one young professional under the age of 30.

The 2018 Public Sector Professional of the Year is being given to Katherine Glowacz, Active Transportation Planner. Ms. Glowacz’s work with the Centre City Cycle Track Network Pilot, Calgary’s 6.5km instant network of cycle tracks and shared space, sets her apart in the public sector.  She oversaw an evaluation and monitoring program that included 82 performance measures. By packaging results into a yearbook, Ms. Glowacz was able to effectively communicate to the Calgary City Council and other stakeholders who then made the Pilot a permanent fixture for the City of Calgary. 

Dr. Trisalyn Nelson, Director and Professor at Arizona State University, receives the APBP Research Professional of the Year award. Dr. Nelson’s research contributing to improving bicycling safety data and methods to map bicycle ridership stand out in the field this year.  Her project to capture crowdsourced and official bicycling safety data, www.BikeMaps.org, allows professionals to characterize conditions in which crashes versus near misses are reported, and development of safety predictors along multi-use pathways will have a long-lasting impact on our profession. 

And Gwen Shaw, Engineer at Toole Design Group, is awarded as our 2018 Young Professional of the Year.  Ms. Shaw’s approach to making communities and streets more livable by experimentation, flexibility and adaptation led to the implementation of Portland’s first ADA accessible pop-up floating bus island, allowing transit riders and street users more convenient transit access while providing traffic calming benefits to a busy commercial corridor.  

Read more about APBP's Annual Awards program and see a list of past winners here.