John is a traffic engineer, transport planner and urban designer with over 30 years’ professional experience spanning strategic transport planning to concept design. Well known as a champion of better town and city streets, he was Director at Urban Initiatives before founding Urban Movement in 2011. John is an urban realm design advisor to several UK local authorities, a new member of the Cambridgeshire Quality Panel, and one of the London Mayor’s Design Advocates. He is the immediate past Chair of the Transport Planning Society, a former Trustee of Living Streets, and was a contributor to Manual for Streets 2. He’s an experienced trainer of other transport practitioners, a regular conference speaker and chair, and has been author of the monthly ‘Street Talk’ article in Local Transport Today since 2005.
John’s reputation is based on his project work, which encompasses the conception, design, execution and management of a wide range of transport, traffic and street improvement projects in towns and cities all over the UK. He has considerable experience of working closely with local authority and other stakeholders, using tools such as enquiry-by-design and intensive design charettes to establish clear visions and programmes of action for change. As Project Director, John’s recent experience covers projects as diverse as: the concept design of complex streets and spaces (Glasgow City Centre, various London centres, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, central Newcastle); the concept design of the urban realm at busy stations (Abbey Wood, Brighton, Southampton); urban realm strategies (Romford, St Albans, Ealing); cycling design and research for walking and cycling (TfL, Camden, Bristol, Cycling Scotland); and specialist transport planning advice in a range of UK towns and cities.