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Whenever a group of APBP members, along with two co-chairs, come together, a chapter can be formed.

Reasons to start a local chapter:

1.      Help APBP members succeed

2.      Connect and engage APBP members

3.      Grow APBP members' knowledge and expertise

4.      Put a local face on APBP

5.      Create a feedback loop between APBP and APBP members

6.      Strengthen and grow the profession locally

7.      Promote interdisciplinary conversation and collaboration

8.      Work across disciplines to achieve local active, sustainable transportation goals

9.      Inspire creativity across jurisdictions and political divides

10.   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
  • Panels
  • 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

5.    Outreach

  • 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 Lauren Santangelo at APBP headquarters.


Photo credit: Nick Fitzhardinge, Canmore, AB


Photo credit: Nick Fitzhardinge, Canmore, AB