13 Sep 2018
This is the third part of our series from 2017 Walter Dickie Leadership Bursary winner Steve Brooks, National Director of Sustrans Cymru. In this blog he talks about what he learnt on the Copenhagenize course in Denmark, and how city leaders can promote sustainable transport in their cities.
I came out in Copenhagen and it was liberating.
I'm not a cyclist. There, I said it. Mikael
Colville-Andersen said it to me, and I said it back to him.
Mikael is an urban designer and mobility expert and the
founder CEO of the
Copenhagenize Design Company. Mikael is an example of a
social-entrepreneur who's identified a social problem and is
working to fix it, albeit in the private sector.
Clearly, in one sense I am a cyclist. I work for
Sustrans, I have a shed full of bikes and virtually every pair
of trousers I own has stubborn oil and dirt marks around the
ankles. But in another sense, I am not a cyclist. Cycling is
something I do, rather than something I am. Lots of people
cycle for sport or leisure, and sometimes I do; but most of my
trips on a bike are for practical purposes like commuting to work
or traveling to meetings.
Mikael drew a parallel with the vacuum cleaner. Most of us
own one and use one regularly, yet we wouldn't describe ourselves
as a 'vacuumists'. It's just one of several machines we use
to make our lives easier.
reading on the WCVA blog