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Tom Bertulis

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om Bertulis, MS, P.E., PTOE, our second ITE and Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle
Professionals (APBP) member to be featured as part of ITE's partnership with APBP, is
the manager of traffic engineering at Design Consultants Inc. in Somerville, MA, USA.
Tom has been on the APBP Board since January 2016 and serves as the treasurer and chair of the
Finance Committee. He specializes in civil and traffic engineering for active transportation and
has worked in half a dozen countries around the world, from Scotland to Brazil. Tom is also in his
third year co-teaching a course on "Planning for Walking and Biking" at Tufts University.  
ITE JOURNAL: How did you get interested
in transportation as a profession, with a
focus on walking and bicycling?
TOM BERTULIS: When I was 18, I spent
a year in Munich, Germany. The city
captivated me. I wanted to learn everything
about how it functioned like a living,
breathing, eco-system. I went on to study
civil engineering at Santa Clara University.
While I enjoy the technical side of civil
and traffic engineering, it's the human side
of multimodal design that really appealed
to me. When I saw Dan Burden speak at a
conference in May 2000, his words about
creating community, reducing speeds,
and designing around the pedestrian
really resonated with me. While attending
grad school at Northeastern University, I
focused on people-orientated sustainable
transportation. There is something about
propelling myself on a bicycle that feels
like nothing else. As of March 2018 I've

been car-free for exactly 20 years, even
while living and working in some of the
biggest cities in the world, such as São
Paulo, Brazil and Mexico City, Mexico.
ITEJ: How long have you been a member
of APBP and ITE, and what have you
learned from each of them? What synergy
do you gain from being a member of both
organizations?
TB: I became a member of ITE in
2000 and APBP in 2002. I've attended
numerous ITE and APBP conferences,
and every time I came away inspired. The
webinars from both ITE and APBP provide
cutting edge technical information. I've
learned the most from my activity on
ITE's and APBP's list serves. From ITE,
for example, I learned the more nuanced
details of signal innovations such as
adaptive signal control. From APBP
I learned about fourth generation

About APBP
The mission of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) is to grow
the pedestrian and bicycle profession and its influence by facilitating the exchange of
professional and technical knowledge, elevating practitioners' skills and defining the field.
From a handful of members in 1994, the organization has grown to include 1,300 members
in the United States and Canada. APBP members work at all levels of government, in
manufacturing, and as consultants, advocates, researchers, and students in
a wide range of disciplines: transportation planning and engineering,
urban design, landscape architecture, public health, active living, and
Safe Routes to School. APBP offers technical training and resources
to build capacity for sustainable transportation, including a
monthly webinar series, a biennial conference, and the respected
Bicycle Parking Guidelines, 2nd Edition.

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bikeshare, the benefits of Community
Land Trusts, and the importance of equity
in building healthy communities. In
the greater Boston, MA area, ITE and
APBP have partnered to put on multiple
events, from Pecha Kuchas to Cycle
Track Tours. The skills and experiences
of ITE members and APBP members
complement each other nicely, and I benefit
from receiving varied perspectives.
ITEJ: Where should young professionals go to learn more about a career
focused on bike/ped transportation
infrastructure?
TB: They should attend APBP and ITE 
conferences, as well as the Walk Bike Places
conference, to learn from the active transportation specialists that attend. The ITE
and APBP list serves and websites post job
opportunities for multimodal professionals. There are also international opportunities to work in the bike/ped world. In 2004
I was on the "Walkable Communities" list
serve and someone had posted about a job
opening for an engineer to design bike/ped
facilities in Scotland. It seemed like a long
shot. But I applied for it and got it. My life
was never the same. My advice would be to



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