Deb Hubsmith Scholarship
In an effort to keep Deb Hubsmith in our hearts after losing her courageous fight with cancer, ICTH created the Deb Hubsmith Scholarship. This award is given to an ICTH delegate in the form of a registration fee waiver. Applications are accepted during the abstract submission period through the end of early registration. The recipient is selected based on contribution to the field of transport and health, but more importantly for his/her passion for life.
Deb was an innovator and visionary who fought passionately for what she believed in. She was pleased to play a prominent role as a national leader helping children and adults to safely walk and bicycle in their communities, providing environmental, safety and health benefits to individuals, schools and cities. Deb championed active transportation for two decades at local, regional, state and national levels. The cornerstone of her philosophy for social change included collaboration, empowerment of new leaders nationwide, striving for the future we want to create for later generations, as well as developing and maintaining partnerships with other non-profits, schools and government agencies. Deb started as a grassroots advocate and co-led the development of Marin County, California's award-winning Safe Routes pilot program, and participated in the development of the nation's first statewide Safe Routes to School program in California. She led the advocacy effort to pass the first Safe Routes to School legislation by the U.S. Congress, resulting in $1.1 billion for Safe Routes to School, serving more than 15,000 schools and creating a national movement that included all 50 states. Deb responded to the growing demand for creating walkable and bikeable environments for children by founding the Safe Routes to School National Partnership in 2005 and nurtured the group from an all-volunteer organization to a powerful and diverse national coalition including more than 750 partners, a $3 million annual budget and nearly 30 staff dispersed throughout the country. For more information on Deb and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership or if you would like to make a donation to help continue Deb's important work, please visit saferoutespartnership.org/about
2017 Scholarship Recipient
Gabrielle-Anne Reid is an urbanist with an academic background in geography and planning, whose interests focus on active and sustainable mobility. She completed her master’s degree in Urban planning with an international profile from the University Laval in Quebec City and the University of Barcelona. These experiences with different languages and cultures made her trilingual and created the foundation for her curiosity and interest in how cities influence our everyday travel. Her previous work-related experience was her master's case study, addressing the Woonerf Saint-Pierre, a Shared street built in Montreal, Canada. This research allowed her to develop a rich understanding of how the built environment impacts active mobility and transportation choices. Her involvement in this field lead her to an internship at Velo Quebec where she is working on promoting cycling as a friendly, practical, healthy and energy-efficient transportation option.