Active travel


The potential individual and community benefits accruing in urban areas from well designed public realm interventions which prioritise walking & cycling over private motor vehicle travel are huge.

Examples are improved health (less obesity & type 2 diabetes), better air quality, safer and more attractive residential & shopping streets. And especially critical where significant population growth is forecast. is more efficient use of scarce road space.

Keys to delivering a substantial modal shift from private motor vehicles to human powered transportation include

  • galvanising community support & harnessing local ideas,
  • creating a compelling vision,
  • identifying & mitigating areas of risk,
  • make an evidence based case to decision makers,
  • high quality engagement with the public, and
  • ensuring sufficient skills and resources to deliver on-the-ground transformation.

What I offer

I can help you develop your active travel vision, identify important programme components, establish resourcing needs, and formulate a supporting delivery strategy.

Bio

I have learned my business skills over 30 years working as a project & team manager for software consultancies, Independent Television News, and latterly at Thompson Reuters with responsibility for a 50 strong development team. My final role as an employee was to run and manage the business evolution of the Hornbeam Environmental Centre; I am now self employed.

I’ve been a campaigner since 1986 cutting my teeth as Islington Cyclists’ Action Group coordinator, and as Camden Cycling Campaign coordinator for 10 years. I have also been an active campaigner with Living Streets, and have been heavily involved in several local Transition Initiatives.

I was London Cycling Campaign chair for 3 years, supporting its stabilisation and growth, developing strategy, street actions, and establishing a dialogue with MPs & government ministers. I have worked closely with 3 London local authorities pushing for effective infrastructure improvements to encourage more walking and cycling.

Orford Rd kidical massMost recently I have been heavily involved in supporting the bid and delivery of the £30m Mini Holland project in Waltham Forest, in my role as Cycle Liaison Officer for Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign.

Some of the successes I have played a part in (supported by amazing teams of staff and volunteers) include:

  • stabilising and developing London Cycling Campaign (as secretary, then Chair 1988-91)
  • successfully making the case for government funding of the London Cycle Network (London Cycling Campaign Chair,  1990),
  • publishing the first foldout central London cycle map (London Cycling Campaign Chair, 1991)
  • Published “Policy vs Practice” report & “Bike 2001” strategy (Camden Cycling Campaign coordinator, 1998)
  • Camden Cycling Campaign website becomes key design reference for campaigners and engineers (Camden Cycling Campaign coordinator, 1999)
  • Completion of Royal College Street cycle track, a 2 way physically segregated route bypassing Camden Town (Camden Cycling Campaign coordinator, 1999)
  • Opening of the Seven Stations Link cycle route, a 2 way physically segregated east/west route through the heart of Bloomsbury (Camden Cycling Campaign coordinator, 2000)
  • Waltham Forest Council publishes an ambitious Cycle Action Plan (2012, WFCC activist)
  • Successful Waltham Forest Mini Holland bid attracting £27m from TfL (2014, WFCC Chair)