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West Midlands attempting to be a frontrunner for walking and cycling

today09/03/2022

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Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street has appointed a new cycling and walking commissioner to accelerate plans to get more people moving around the region by foot or bike. 

 

Adam Tranter, who has previously volunteered as Bicycle Mayor for Coventry, has taken up the new role after a rigorous recruitment process. The commissioner will support the planning and delivery of the region’s Starley Network of safe cycling and walking routes. 

 

As commissioner he will work with Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), local council partners and the Department for Transport to steer the region’s cycling and walking policies and plans.

 

The West Midlands region needs more people cycling and walking in order to reach the WMCA’s aim of improving health and reducing carbon emissions as set out in the region’s plan to tackle climate change.

 

In Birmingham, 25% of resident car journeys are under one mile, while three-quarters of people say they would cycle more if there were more safe segregated cycle routes. 

 

Adam, who is Coventry born and bred, said: “I want our region to achieve its active travel potential. We saw during lockdown that vast numbers of people will cycle given the right environment to do it in; our goal has to be giving these people a genuine alternative to using a car for short journeys. We can only do this by building high quality, direct and connected infrastructure.”

 

Adam’s new role includes:

  • Working with stakeholders to plan and develop the business cases for at least 10 major safe cycle routes on the Starley Network.
  • Working with councils to agree a coordinated approach to cycling and walking infrastructure.
  • Building strong working relationships with the Department for Transport and securing fresh investment from the Government’s Gear Change fund. 

 

He added: “I am also looking forward to meeting and working with communities across the region to give people genuine choice in the way they get around as we strive to make the West Midlands a national leader for cycling and walking.”

 

Written by: David Watkins

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