"Deb was so firmly committed to creating a better future for our children, and she will be missed."  -- United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, in a tribute at the 2015 Walking Summit in Washington DC.

Articles and Tributes

The Safe Routes Partnership appreciates the outpouring of tributes and memories shared about Deb. Here is a selection of articles and tributes that have appeared:


Awards and Honors

  • Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champion, 2015
  • Nominee for Interbike PeopleForBikes Advocacy Leadership Award, 2015
  • Active Living Research Translating Research to Policy Award, 2015
  • APBP Lifetime Achievement Award, 2015
  • Rails to Trails Champion, 2015
  • CDC's Weight of the Nation Game Changer Award, 2012
  • FHWA Administrator’s Public Service Award, 2008
  • IOWC Outdoor Industries Women's Coalition, 2008
  • SF Bike Coalition Golden Wheel Award (Extraordinary Contribution to a Better Bay Area Through Safer Streets and More Livable Neighborhoods), 2004
  • Marin County Clean Air Award for Education and Public Awareness, 2004
  • Public Service Award from the Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2003
  • Pioneering Woman Award for the Bicycle Industry, American Lung Association, 2003
  • Millennium Leadership Award for the Environment from Marin Millennium, 2000
  • Bay Area Air Quality Management District Clean Air Champion, 1998


Celebrate Deb's Life at the 2015 Walking Summit

For those who are attending the Walking Summit we will be celebrating Deb's life and work at the After Hours Move & Groove Event.  Deb was one of the original co-chairs for the Walking Summit and was always instrumental in ensuring the success of the event overall and the dance party.  

Honoring Deb Hubsmith at the 2015 National Bike Summit

This video was created by Mia Birk, CEO of Alta Planning + Design, and shared at the 2015 National Bike Summit.


Countdown to 2013 Walk to School Day with Deb Hubsmith

Kaiser Permanente's Thriving Schools team interviewed Deb at the Every Body Walk! Walking Summit in October 2013. Deb describes how events like Walk to School Day can help make it safer and easier for students to build more physical activity into their daily lives by walking and bicycling to, from and at school.


Additional Remembrances

Ped Safety Dance Video and Deb's reflections from the Third Safe Routes to School National Conference in 2011 in Minneapolis

Video about Deb receiving the CDC's Weight of the Nation Gamechanger Award

PedalLove podcast interview with Deb from November 2014 

Deb speaks about Safe Routes to School in Perils for Pedestrians video