Local chapters of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals are a growing area of our organization. Chapters form to connect APBP members professionally and to help them build support for the work of APBP members in their local area. Local chapters provide members with an opportunity to collaborate face to face in their area and raise the visibility of our organization.
Activities can include meet-ups, networking, educational programs, guest speakers, webinar site hosting/discussions, field visits, mentorship, student engagement/instruction and local conferences.
Dozens of chapters have been established since the program began in early 2014.
Each chapter has its' own group in our APBP Community:
A chapter can be formed by two APBP member co-chairs and a group of local/regional APBP members.
Reasons to start a local chapter:
- Help APBP members succeed
- Connect and engage APBP members
- Grow APBP members' knowledge and expertise
- Put a local face on APBP
- Create a feedback loop between APBP and APBP members
- Strengthen and grow the profession locally
- Promote interdisciplinary conversation and collaboration
- Work across disciplines to achieve local active, sustainable transportation goals
- Inspire creativity across jurisdictions and political divides
- Add value to and expand APBP membership
Recommended Elements of APBP Local Chapters
1. Member Benefits
- Social & networking events
- Mentor opportunities
- Contribute to the profession
- Engage with APBP
2. Program Diversity
- Meet-ups – purely social or with program elements
- Pecha Kucha sessions
- Presentations by thought leaders and subject matter experts
- Active Transportation Tours (i.e. Complete Streets tours)
- Women Cycling Summit
3. Professional Development
- Host local and regional conferences
- Host APBP webinars
- Host APBP on-site workshops (accessibility, bicycle parking, complete streets)
4. Effective Communication
- To, from and between members
- With other APBP chapters
- Ensure strong member input into APBP programming
- With other organizations
- With local and regional government by recommending policies and engagement in public discussion
- Students/academic programs
- Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committees
- Professionals in advocacy organizations
- Pro bono work in underserved communities (e.g. walk and bike audits)
- Senior mobility
- Schools, parks, transit (Safe Routes to School; to Parks, to Transit)
- Elected Officials
If you are interested in starting a chapter, please contact Melanie Bowzer (firstname.lastname@example.org) at APBP headquarters.
Resources for Starting a New Chapter
Resources for Managing a Chapter
(includes process for fund reimbursement - up to $100 per year per chapter)
North Carolina Chapter
Looking for a new idea to get engaged with your local APBP chapter and the larger community? Use this great idea from the North Carolina APBP chapter!
The NC Chapter is partnering with businesses and agencies that work within the pedestrian and bicycle field to host office visits for university students.
The first office visit was held at Alta Planning + Design in downtown Durham with 11 students from graduate programs in city and regional planning, public health, and landscape architecture. Staff gave students an overview of past and current projects and explained how the firm's planning, design, and engineering groups work collaboratively. Students were also able to engage one-on-one with staff at a happy hour following the visit.
Featured Chapter photo credit: NC Chapter