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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.
 


 

Awards Criteria 

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

2019  Sally Flocks, President and CEO of PEDS 
2018  Randy Wade, AICP, former director for Pedestrian Projects Group with the New York City Department of Transportation
2017 Norma Moores, P. Eng., Associate and Manager, Active Transportation, IBI Group 

2016

Barbara McCann, Director, Office of Safety, Energy and Environment for the U.S. Department of Transportation
2015
Deb Hubsmith, Founder, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
2014
Jeff Olson, RA, Principal, Alta Planning + Design
2013 Anne Lusk, PhD, Research Scientist, Harvard School of Public Health
2012 Charles Zegeer, Director, Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC), UNC-HSRC 
2011 Mary Paul Meletiou, Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager (retired), NC-DOT and ITRE
Tom Huber, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator (retired), WI DOT
2010 Lois Thibault, Director of Research (retired), U.S. Access Board, Washington, D.C.
2009 Bettina Zimny, Director of Planning, The RBA Group, Morristown, N.J.
2008 Linda Crider, Executive Director, Bike Florida
Suzan Pinsof, Principal, Suzan Anderson Pinsof & Associates, Chicago, IL
2007 Michael Ronkin, Founder and Principal, Designing Streets for People
2006 Bill Feldman, Manager, Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects, The RBA Group, Morristown, N.J.
2005  John LaPlante, Director of Traffic Engineering, T.Y. Lin International, Chicago, IL
2004 Bill Wilkinson, Executive Director, National Center for Bicycling and Walking, Bethesda, MD
John Williams, Editor and Senior Planner, National Center for Bicycling and Walking, Bethesda, MD
2003 Andy Clarke, President, League of American Bicyclists, Washington, D.C.  (Distinguished Service)
2002 John Fegan, FHWA, Washington, D.C.
2001 Peter Lagerwey, Senior Transportation Planner, City of Seattle, WA
2000 Dan Burden, Founder, Walkable and Livable Communities (WALC) Institute
 
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.
 
2019  Young Professional of the Year  Danielle Hess, Project Assistant at the Western Transportation Institute 
2019  Professional of the Year (nonprofit)  Catherine Girves, Executive Director of Yay Bikes! 
2019  Professional of the Year (private) Brian Patterson, Principal and Senior Transportation Planner for Urban Systems 
2019  Professional of the Year (public)  Paul Martin, Active Transportation Coordinator at the Orange County Transportation Authority 
2019  Professional of the Year (research)  Robert J. Schneider, Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee  
2018  Young Professional of the Year Gwen Shaw, Engineer at Toole Design Group 
2018  Professional of the Year (Public)  Katherine Glowacz, Active Transportation Planner 
2018  Professional of the Year (Research)   Dr. Trisalyn Nelson, Director and Professor at Arizona State University
 2017 Young Professional of the Year

Grace Kyung, Special Project Director, Trailnet 

 2017 Professional of the Year (Nonprofit) Leah Shahum, Executive Director, Vision Zero Network 
 2017

Professional of the Year (Public) 

Julie Walcoff, Active Transportation Program Manager, Ohio Department of Transportation 

2016 
Young Professional of the Year
Carlos Hernandez, Bike Share Program Coordinator for the City of Oakland, CA
2016
Professional of the Year (Nonprofit)
Tamika Butler, Executive Director for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
2016
Professional of the Year (Public)
Dan Goodman, FHWA Office of Human Environment, Livability Team
2016
Professional of the Year (Private)
Ryan Johnson, Senior Planner for Alta Planning + Design
2015
Young Professional of the Year
Jessie Holzer, Mobility Deputy for Los Angeles Council Member Mike Bonin
2015
Professional of the Year (Nonprofit)
Barb Chamberlain, Executive Director of Washington Bikes
2015
Professional of the Year (Public)
Sean Co, Transportation Planner, SFMTC
2015
Professional of the Year (Private)
Jessica Roberts, Principal, Alta Planning + Design
2014
Young Professional of the Year
Dr. Adonia Lugo, Equity Manager, League of American Bicyclists
2014
Professional of the Year (Nonprofit)
James Wilson, Executive Director, Bike Delaware
2014
Professional of the Year (Public)
Stephen Patchan, City of Pittsburgh Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator
2014
Professional of the Year (Private)
Nick Jackson, NE Regional Office Director, Toole Design Group
2013 Young Professional of the Year Kyle Wagenschutz, Bikeway/Pedestrian Coordinator, City of Memphis
2013 Professional of the Year
(Non-profit)
Darren Flusche, Policy Director, League of American Bicyclists
2013 Professional of the Year (Public) Joshuah D. Mello, AICP, Assistant Director of Planning, City of Atlanta
Emily Snyder, AICP, Senior City Planner, City and County of Denver
2013 Professional of the Year (Private) Michael King, RA, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates
2012 Professional of the Year (Public) Kristin Bennett, City of Colorado Springs
2012 Professional of the Year (Private) Jean-Francois Rheault, Eco-counter, Montreal
2012 Young Professional of the Year Tessa Greegor, Cascade Bicycle Club, Seattle
Stefanie Seskin, National Complete Streets Coalition
2011 Professional of the Year (Public) Nicole Freedman, City of Boston
2011 Professional of the Year (Private) Marc Joliecoeur, Vélo Québec, Montreal
2011 Young Professional of the Year Brian Graham, City of Greenville, NC
2011 Meritorious Service Award Rep. James Oberstar, Chisholm, MN
2010 Professional of the Year (Public) Leslie Meehan, Nashville Area MPO
Jim Sebastian, District of Columbia DOT
2010 Professional of the Year (Private) Andrea White-Kjoss, Bikestation, Long Beach, CA
2010 Young Professional of the Year Dan Jatres, New Orleans RPC
2010 Meritorious Service Award Tedson Meyers, Board Chairman Emeritus, NCBW
2009 Professional of the Year (Public) Rob Burchfield, Portland Bureau of Transportation
2009 Young Professional of the Year Kathryn Reid Moore, City of Miami
2008 Professional of the Year (Public) James Ercolano, NYS DOT
2008 Professional of the Year (Private) Jennifer Toole, Toole Design Group, Hyattsville, MD
2007 Professional of the Year (Public) Rochelle Wheeler, Senior Planner, Alameda CTC
2007 Professional of the Year (Private) Mia Birk, Principal, Alta Planning + Design, Portland, OR
 
  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.