Birmingham-based business leader and active travel advocate Phil Jones has been appointed technical adviser to Adam Tranter, the West Midlands Cycling and Walking Commissioner.
Jones is the founder and chairman of PJA, the transport venue planning, engineering and design consultancy with offices across the UK and Australia. In the latter role, he will help Tranter deliver West Midlands Mayor Andy Street’s vision of enabling many more people to walk and cycle short journeys instead of using the car.
He will provide high-level technical advice and support for future active travel schemes, find creative solutions to technical challenges to foster active travel in the region and collaborate with engineers from Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), the Midland Metro Alliance and local authority partners to ensure high quality delivery for active travel.
“The West Midlands needs a major upgrade in the quality and extent of dedicated infrastructure if we are to reach our active travel potential,” Tranter said. “It is clear that we need safe and convenient options to allow people to travel in a healthier and more sustainable way.
“I am delighted to welcome Phil to the team as he will provide timely and authoritative advice enabling us to have maximum impact. He has immense expertise in planning and design for walking and cycling, including in-depth knowledge of the 1/20 Cycle Infrastructure Design local transport rating, the groundbreaking government guidelines released in 2020, of which Phil is a co-author.
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Jones added: “I am truly delighted to have been appointed to this very important role in my home county. There is great ambition here and we need to make sure we support change in the way our streets work for active travel.
“A big part of my role is to help increase knowledge and skills in the region on how to create world-class infrastructure that will meet the stringent requirements of Active Travel England, the national funding body.”