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Jing Zhang, AICP, PTP, LEED AP ND

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ing Zhang, AICP, PTP, LEED AP ND is the third ITE and Association of Pedestrian
and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) member to be featured as part of ITE's partnership
with APBP. Jing is a transportation planner at the Morgantown Monongalia Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). He works on long range plans, corridor studies, and
travel demand models. Jing is an active speaker at conferences, including the National Bike
Summit, Transportation Research Board National "Tools of The Trade" Conference, and
ASCE International Conference on Transportation and Development, focusing on the equity,
health, and sustainability in non-motorized transportation planning. Jing serves on the
Board of Directors of the West Virginia Connecting Communities (WVCC) and of APBP.
He is a member of American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), a Professional Transportation Planner (PTP), and LEED Accredited Professional in Neighborhood Development
(LEED AP ND). Jing was a national prizewinning pianist in China, and, besides Chinese and
English, he speaks moderate Japanese, Italian, and French, and understand basic Arabic.
ITE JOURNAL: How did you get interested
in studying transportation, with a focus
on walking and bicycling?
JING ZHANG: I feel good when doing
pedestrian and bicycle projects. It is
natural, healthy, positive, and cheerful. I
can do it for free. I appreciate the opportunities that have helped me to get here.
When studying at Clemson, I helped a
developer to plan a "bicycle city" on a
100-acre plot of land in Lexington County,
SC, USA. I did a summer internship at the
Pedestrian Project Group at the New York
City Department of Transportation (DOT).
In Morgantown, WV, USA, I worked on
many pedestrian-bicycle oriented projects,
and I learned about utility cycling from
experienced bicyclists.
ITEJ: What types of projects do you seek
to work on as a professional?
JZ: I like projects with an emphasis
on equity, health, and sustainability in
transportation that explore the interaction
between land use and transportation
and proactively make changes that a
community wants. Here is my superstition:
when you focus on creating good things,
you get more good things; when you
focus on solving problems, you get more
problems. I like meaningful community
participation, which is a beauty in a
democratic country, and place making.
Streets are precious public places. Speaking

of locations, I would love to do international development projects in Southeast
Asia. I love the food there.
ITEJ: How long have you been an APBP
and ITE member, and what has your
involvement been like?
JZ: I have been a member of both APBP
and ITE for three years. I have been on
APBP's board of directors for a year. There
were two things I wanted to do: provide
APBP members with information on
pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and
policies in Asian countries; and build a
channel between APBP and the American
Bicycle Education Association (ABEA).
These two ideas are still at an early stage. I
have also been on the technical committee
of the Mid-Atlantic Section of ITE.
ITEJ: What synergy do you gain from
being a member of both organizations?
JZ: I have learned to be mindful of
different perspectives and make reasonable
recommendations at the planning
level. I am a city planner by training, so
APBP is a source of expertise, and ITE
is a source of technical information.
Understanding engineering principles is
most helpful in my job as a planner. In
practice, I tend to ignore the distinction
between general traffic engineers and
pedestrian/bicycle professionals. They are
integrated. Essentially, what sets them

Jing Zhang with his daughter Annie.
apart is priority, which is decided by the
community they serve.
ITEJ: What advice do you have for
other students interested in a career in
transportation?
JZ: For students interested in a career as a
transportation planner in the public sector:
1) acquire a wide range of technical skills,
including modeling/microsimulation,
mapping/spatial analysis, graphic/3D design,
statistics, and public engagement; 2) find the
purpose of your work to make sense of those
skills; and 3) understand the principles of
related professions, such as traffic engineer,
land use planning, landscape architecture,
economic development, housing, and public
health. Overall, do not let your career define
you; you define it.  
ITEJ: How will you celebrate May being
National Bike Month?
JZ: Morgantown has a vibrant cycling
community. During National Bike Month,
there will be the Spring Spectacular Weekend
road ride (25, 45, and 60 miles), Bike to
School Day, Bike to Work Day, and Bike to
Work Week. I will help with renovating the
Bike Morgantown website. itej
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ITE Journal May 2018

President’s Message
Director’s Message
People in the Profession
ITE News
ITE, FHWA, and Carmanah Rally to Keep Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons in Our Safety Toolbox
Improving Arterial Roads to Support Public Health: How Can We Do This?
ITE’s Transportation and Health Initiative
Technical Programs Division Spotlight
Industry News
Calendar
Where in the World?
Member to Member: Jing Zhang, AICP, PTP, LEED AP ND
Countermeasures Prove Effective in Reducing Bicycle Collisions
Guidance on Signal Control Strategies for Pedestrians to Improve Walkability
Factors Affecting Vehicle Passing Distance and Encroachments While Overtaking Cyclists
Measuring the Success of Modal Shift: The Impact on Last Mile Connectivity
Professional Services Directory
ITE Journal May 2018 - 1
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ITE Journal May 2018 - President’s Message
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ITE Journal May 2018 - Director’s Message
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ITE Journal May 2018 - People in the Profession
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ITE Journal May 2018 - 10
ITE Journal May 2018 - ITE News
ITE Journal May 2018 - ITE, FHWA, and Carmanah Rally to Keep Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons in Our Safety Toolbox
ITE Journal May 2018 - Improving Arterial Roads to Support Public Health: How Can We Do This?
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ITE Journal May 2018 - ITE’s Transportation and Health Initiative
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ITE Journal May 2018 - Technical Programs Division Spotlight
ITE Journal May 2018 - Industry News
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ITE Journal May 2018 - Where in the World?
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ITE Journal May 2018 - Member to Member: Jing Zhang, AICP, PTP, LEED AP ND
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ITE Journal May 2018 - Countermeasures Prove Effective in Reducing Bicycle Collisions
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ITE Journal May 2018 - Guidance on Signal Control Strategies for Pedestrians to Improve Walkability
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ITE Journal May 2018 - Factors Affecting Vehicle Passing Distance and Encroachments While Overtaking Cyclists
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ITE Journal May 2018 - Measuring the Success of Modal Shift: The Impact on Last Mile Connectivity
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ITE Journal May 2018 - Professional Services Directory
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