Born to Richard G. Bickel Sr. and Ruth Lee Bickel in Manhattan, NY.
Graduates high school in Glen Cove, NY.
Earns a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh.
Works in Community and Transportation Planning at the Montgomery County Planning Commission (PA) until 1984.
Earns a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
Is the director of the Strategic Planning Division at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC).
Is the director of long range planning at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).
Is the director of planning as well as an associate director of the DVRPC.
Receives the Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence and Outstanding Service from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development.
Is named Site Visitor of the Year by the Planning Accreditation Board of the American Planning Association (APA).
Receives professional recognition and is named a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP).
Retires from his role as director of planning at DVRPC.
Is a senior advisor at Econsult Solutions and currently maintains that role.
Receives the Planning Leadership Award for Distinguished Service from the PA Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA).
Maintains his personal scholarship program through the PA APA Chapter for students who are pursuing a planning education.