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APBP 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award and Professional-of-the-Year Awards
Sally Flocks, Lifetime Achievement Award
Robert Schneider, Research Professional of the Year
Catherine Girves, Non-Profit Professional of the Year
Paul Martin, Public Sector Professional of the Year
Brian Patterson, Private Sector Professional of the Year
Danielle Hess, Young Professional of the Year
The Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals (APBP) announces the winners of its annual awards program to honor excellence in the profession. Five Professional of the Year awards and the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the APBP Conference in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday morning, August 28.
The 2019 APBP Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Sally Flocks, President and CEO of PEDS, an advocacy group dedicated to making streets and communities in Georgia safe, inviting, and accessible to all pedestrians. APBP is bestowing our most prestigious annual award to Ms. Flocks for her unparalleled commitment to improving safety and accessibility for all pedestrians in the Atlanta Metro area. Her approach of following research and real-world implementation, along with her ability to make things happen, helped assure people of all ages and abilities would have safe opportunities to walk in the Atlanta Metro area for the past 23 years.
The APBP Professional of the Year Awards recognize the achievements of pedestrian and bicycle professionals made in the last twelve months in the private, public, research, and nonprofit sectors and one young professional under the age of 30.
The 2019 Non-Profit Sector Professional of the Year award goes to Catherine Girves, Executive Director of Yay Bikes! in Columbus, Ohio. Ms. Girves’ people first approach has led to a program where engineers, transportation cyclists, and health professionals work together to discuss effective treatments for users of all skill levels. She has also developed one-on-one bicycle training for those who are bike curious. Her expertise has been spread throughout the state, with her train-the-trainer programs.
Brian Patterson, Principal and Senior Transportation Planner for Urban Systems, is awarded the 2019 Private Sector Professional of the Year. Mr. Patterson has built a professional network through mentorship and education in Canada to advance the field of biking and walking professionals. His efforts to quantify bicycling data, educate engineers, and develop a network of enthusiastic professionals throughout Canada will have a long-lasting impact on the country and beyond.
The 2019 Public Sector Professional of the Year award is being given to Paul Martin. Mr. Martin serves as the Active Transportation Coordinator at the Orange County Transportation Authority in California and he is being honored for his vast contribution to projects and programs that make a significant difference in safety, accessibility, and quality of life in Orange County. His success in planning, funding, and building projects in Orange County assures active transportation stays at the forefront of the area’s future transportation needs.
Robert J. Schneider, Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee receives the 2019 APBP Research Professional of the Year award. Dr. Schneider has worked to advance the active transportation field and the professional knowledge of others through research to improve knowledge of yielding behavior, the impact of roadway features on pedestrian crashes, and using land use and transportation variables to estimate facility usage. APBP recognizes and honors his contributions advancing the state of practice in bicycle and pedestrian research.
Danielle Hess, Project Assistant at the Western Transportation Institute, is being named APBP’s 2019 Young Professional of the Year. Ms. Hess’ approach to researching, planning, and implementing pop up projects has led to more permanent traffic calming projects. Her work and insight are helping the city of Bozeman, Montana create more meaningful public engagement options, empowering residents to participate in finding solutions to neighborhood speeding and introducing opportunities to make lasting safety improvements on short time frames and with limited budgets.
The APBP Awards program began in 2000 with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Awards for Public and Private Sector Professionals of the Year were added in 2007; the Young Professional of the Year award was added in 2009.
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has made a substantial commitment to the profession during his or her lifetime and who has shown excellence in the field of bicycle and pedestrian planning, design, advocacy, and/or education. The award distinguishes those whose vision and determination have made their communities better places to bicycle and walk and who inspire the rest of us. This award is open to both APBP members and non-members who have contributed to our profession. A person may be nominated posthumously, after retirement, or while still working in the field.
Lifetime Achievement Award Winners
The Professional of the Year Awards recognize the achievements of pedestrian and bicycle professionals made during the preceding 12-month period. Separate awards acknowledge professionals working in the public sector, private practice, and those under age 30. These awards are open to APBP members only.
Professional of the Year Awards recognize those who in the past 12 months have accomplished some or all of the following:
• Initiated, advanced, and/or published innovative research
• Brought about institutional change to increase the quality and amount of pedestrian and/or bicycle improvements
• Advanced the professional knowledge of others
• Been active or involved in other organizations to share and expand the knowledge base of both
• Advanced the perception of the profession in the eyes of the public
• Published or presented innovative research
• Produced high quality plans and designs
• Provided educational and training opportunities for new and existing professionals
• Helped to expand the quality of employment opportunities in the field
• Volunteered his or her time in the field.
The Young Professional of the Year Award recognizes a person under age 30, in either the public or private sector, whose leadership and accomplishments distinguish her from her cohort.