Leadership Institute

The Active Transportation Leadership Institute is dedicated to creating great communities for bicycling and walking by developing more effective advocates. It is composed of three major initiatives:

  • The Benchmarking Project: Which continues the work of the Alliance for Biking and Walking with a 6th edition of the biennial Benchmarking Report on Bicycling and Walking in the United States.
  • Providing online webinars and in-person gatherings, like the bi-annual Active Transportation Leadership Retreat at the National Bike Summit, to share best practices and increase capacity to improve local and state bicycling and walking advocacy.

Want to learn more about how your organization can be part of the Active Transportation Leadership Institute? Contact [email protected] to learn more.

The Leadership Institute is generously sponsored by:

Priorities of the Leadership Institute

Inspired by Susie Stephens

The joy and enthusiasm that the late Susie Stephens brought to her work creating great biking and walking communities, along with her drive to constantly learn and apply new skills, inspires the work of the Active Transportation Leadership Institute.

The Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award is given annually at the National Bike Summit. The recipients have been:

  • 2022: Charise Stephens
  • 2021: Robin L. Woods
  • 2020: Gina Simpson
  • 2019: Vivian Ortiz
  • 2018: Christine Acosta, Pedal Power Promoters
  • 2017: Wenzday Jane and Bob Nesson: Power to the Pedals
  • 2015: Jeff Miller, Alliance for Biking & Walking
  • 2014: Laura Solis, WE Bike NYC
  • 2013: Renee Rivera, Bike East Bay
  • 2012: Julia Field, Undriving
  • 2011: Steph Routh, Willamette Pedestrian Coalition
  • 2010: Kate McCarthy, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

To learn more about Susie, read this article by Charlie Gandy at PedalLove.org.