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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:

  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 Melanie Bowzer ( at APBP headquarters.

On Friday, April 5, 2019 the Arizona Chapter co-hosted the 2019 Arizona Bicycling Summit. Over 80 leaders, educators, planners, public health professionals, event promoters, and cyclists of all kinds gathered to discuss current issues related to bicycling in Arizona. Topics included panel discussions on shared active transportation plans and shared active transportation devices as well as presentations on the Loop, a shared-use path around metro Tucson, bicycle education, bicycle touring, and bicycle improvement funding.

Be sure to share your chapter news and photos with Executive Director Melanie Bowzer.

Featured Chapter photo credit:Chris Milner

Photo credit:Alex Rixey