Jeff Olson Honored with APBP Lifetime Achievement Award
September 9, 2014, ProBike/ProWalk/ProPlace Conference - Pittsburgh, PA
Jeff Olson, leader in the active transportation movement for more than 30 years, has been given this industry’s top honor: the 2014 Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) Lifetime Achievement Award.
APBP is an international organization providing expertise in sustainable transportation. The annual award is a major achievement, especially since it is given by professional peers to represent long term success. Olson lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, is on the faculty of the State University of New York at Albany, and is principal with Alta Planning + Design and Alta Bicycle Share, which operates the bike share systems in New York City, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston and other locations.
The plaque provided for the award states:
“Architect, planner and author Jeff Olson is a pioneer and visionary. Hired as New York State’s first bicycle pedestrian coordinator in 1993, he grew the program from $80,000 to more than $100 million in capital projects. In 1998, he was named director of the U.S. Millennium Trails Program, which designated more than 1,000 trails as part of America’s legacy. Jeff developed the nation’s first Bike/Ped Transportation Planning course at SUNY Albany where today he also serves as Co-director of the Initiative for Healthy Infrastructure. A founding Board member of APBP, Jeff’s influence extends to the East Coast Greenway Alliance, Mississippi River Trail and the Grand Canyon Greenway Project. His work at Alta is deep, wide and wonderful. He helped mastermind Alta Bicycle Share. In 2012, Jeff published his first book, “The Third Mode: Towards a Green Society.”
APBP Executive Director Kit Keller presented the award at the APBP Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh on September 9, 2014, held in conjunction with the international Pro Walk / Pro Bike / Pro Place conference. In his acceptance speech, Olson said: “We are lucky to do what we do, to spend every day working to make the world a better place - walking, bicycling and trails are local solutions to the global issues of our time.”
Please join us in celebrating this great honor.