I write this Blog because – in addition to it being my day job – transport matters to everybody. Whether you walk, cycle, drive, or take the bus – its the one public service everybody uses every day. It has a direct impact on everybody’s quality of life, the society it supports, the economy it drives (sometimes literally), and the environment and places it affects.
Yet it is also one of the most simplified, one of the least understood, and one of the most argued-over services. Through this blog, I hope to tackle these issues with some knowledge and humour – not to mention as a way of getting me through the insane but rewarding work that is transport planning.
My name is James, and I’m a Transport Planner. Yep, that’s me right there.
I could spend an age going out about experience, my degrees etc. But let’s be honest, that’s boring CV stuff (besides, I have a Linkedin profile for that).
I originally come from a small town called Barnstaple in Devon. Anyone who knew Barnstaple up until the mid-2000s knew it was famous for one thing: traffic, and lots of it. I suppose that’s where my interest in transport has come from – being stuck in all that traffic. Not seeing the solution as a nice expensive bypass (now complete), I saw things differently – better public transport, more walking and cycling, and generally making the lovely town where I grew up a more liveable place. My idea of closing off the part of the Town Square in front of the Museum to traffic was laughed at by my pals at the time (also complete). But this reflects what I feel transport can help to achieve; better places, better communities, a better society, and a high quality of life for all.
I hope that you enjoy this Blog. If you like you can also follow me on Twitter (@jamesgleave1), or connect to me Linkedin (please say you follow the Blog when you send through a request). I look forward to hearing from you.