Active Transportation

Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals Names Brian Patterson 2019 Private Sector Professional of the Year

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Brian receiving his award at the recent APBP conference
Urban Systems Principal and Senior Transportation Planner Brian Patterson was recently recognized on a North American scale for his role in shaping active transportation.

At their annual conference on August 25-28, the Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals (APBP), announced the winners of their prestigious 2019 awards, honouring Brian with the 2019 APBP Professional of the year (Private Sector) award.

Brian leads Urban Systems’ active transportation practice across Canada from Vancouver’s Yaletown office, and he’s passionate about creating active and vibrant communities. Brian has led or been involved with over 80 active transportation plans designs and studies across Canada over the past 15 years and regularly presents his project work at international conferences. He’s also an instructor with Simon Fraser University, where he teaches about regional and city-wide planning for walking and cycling.

Brian is especially interested in bicycle facility design and has developed and been co-delivering a customized Bicycle Facilities Design Course for a number of years. To date over 400 professionals across Canada—ranging from municipal staff to engineers, landscape architects, students and consultants—have benefited from his teachings.

“This is a field with lots of new information and we’re learning best practices from each other and giving each other the tools to design well. We’re all in it together,” says Brian.

According to the APBP: “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.”

Brian was nominated for this award by Katherine Glowacz, formerly an Active Transportation Planner with the City of Calgary who is now working with the City of Vancouver.

“Brian has gone above and beyond in his involvement in the active transportation field,” says Katherine.

“He’s helped train and mentor many colleagues locally in Canada and in teaching the bicycle facilities design course, has helped expose Canadian transportation and planning practitioners to active modes nest practices. Combining his project work and teaching the bicycle facilities design course, I’d venture to say that no other Canadian practitioner has had the same level of reach or impact in shaping active transportation across the country over the past decade.”

Brian and his wife Leigh taking a spin in our cargo bike
Brian says he believes communities are hungry for knowledge on how to build bicycle facilities that are safer, more comfortable, and more attractive to a larger portion of population.

“With this work, we get to encourage communities to be as innovative and progressive as possible – this leads to neighbourhoods with more choices. Ultimately, we want to give people the tools they need to help build more vibrant communities.”

Congratulations Brian, you are an asset to the team at Urban Systems and to our communities at large, pedal on!

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