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APBP Announces 2012 Award Winners

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Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals Announces 2012 Award Winners

LONG BEACH, Calif. —The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) has announced the winners of its annual awards program to honor excellence in the profession of bicycle and pedestrian transportation. The awards were presented at APBP's annual meeting on September 12, held during the ProWalk/ProBike® Conference in Long Beach.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Charles Zegeer of Chapel Hill, N.C. Kristin Bennett of Colorado Springs, Colo., was honored as the Professional of the Year – Public Sector and Jean-Francois Rheault of Montreal received the Professional of the Year – Private Sector award. Recipients of the Young Professional of the Year award included Teresa Greegor of Seattle and Stefanie Seskin of Chicago.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have made a substantial commitment to the profession and who have shown excellence in the field of bicycle and pedestrian planning, design, advocacy, or education. The award distinguishes those whose vision and determination have made their communities better places to bicycle and walk and who inspire others. The Professional of the Year Awards recognize the achievements of pedestrian and bicycle professionals made during the 12-month period between the summer of 2011 and the spring of 2012. The Young Professional of the Year Award is given to recognize individuals who are relatively new to the field and who have shown remarkable passion and motivation in advancing nonmotorized transportation in their communities.

Charles Zegeer has served for many years as Director of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) at the University of North Carolina's Highway Safety Research Center. Dr. Zegeer is a highly respected author in the field of transportation research, a leader in pedestrian and bicycle safety, and a strong mentor to young professionals. Collectively his numerous reports and publications (150 and counting) are improving pedestrian and bicycle safety in the United States.

Kristin Bennett has worked tirelessly for the City of Colorado Springs in her role as Senior Transportation Planner. The city's exemplary Trail Condition and Crossing Assessment rates surface conditions, identifies capital and maintenance needs, and catalogs amenities to develop a prioritized list of improvements. In the past year, Colorado Springs added six miles of bicycle lanes (bringing the city's total to 100 miles), began utilizing shared lane markings, created a successful valet bicycle parking program and bicycle and trail counting program, and published its first bicycle map. Ms. Bennett previously served two terms as a Board Member for APBP.

Jean-Francois Rheault, the North American Director of Eco-Counter, has worked with the City of Vancouver, B.C., to install counters that are working to justify new pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure in the city. His work to bring the first public bicycle counter with display (Eco-Totem) to the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, Ore., has led to increased public investment in bicycling. He is now working in California to create counters that will aid in pedestrian safety analysis.

Tessa Greegor has worked energetically to make significant bicycle and pedestrian planning advances across the Greater Puget Sound Region. Her bold vision and unstoppable work ethic are already legendary. As lead for the Cascade Bicycle Club's CDC-funded Communities Putting Prevention to Work project, Ms. Greegor wrote three large manuals (Complete Streets Guide, Multi-modal Level of Service Guide, and Quantifying and Prioritizing Non-Motorized Transportation Investments) and trained city staff from six jurisdictions.

Through her work as an author and analyst, Stefanie Seskin helps establish best practices and influence policy makers. Her contributions include chapters and case studies in Complete Streets: Best Policy & Implementation Practices, published by the American Planning Association, and policy analysis in the AARP Public Policy Institute's Planning Complete Streets for an Aging America. In addition, she writes the National Complete Streets Coalition's e-news, Twitter feeds and website. As a member of the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation's Advisory Committee for Complete Streets for Canada, her reach is international.

The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals provides expertise for sustainable transportation and is the only professional membership organization for the discipline of pedestrian and bicycle transportation. APBP members are employees of all levels of government, consulting firms and non-profits who work in the engineering, planning, landscape architecture, police, safety, health and promotion fields and specialize in improving conditions for bicycling and walking. For more information about the organization, visit http://www.apbp.org/.

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