Week 5 of our interviews featuring each of our Board Members. This week you can find out more about David Shannon, Modeshift’s Regional Representative for London.
How long have you been involved in sustainable travel?
12 years. Two years as a freelance cycle instructor, working mainly in Islington, Camden and Barnet, followed by 10 years at Islington Council. I’ve also been on the board for The Association of Bikeability Schemes and chair the London Borough Cycling Officers Group.
What have you most enjoyed about your job?
My favourite projects are founding and developing Islington Cycling Club, the largest cycling club in London, the Saddle and Sole festival and achieving London’s first full 20mph enforcement for our borough-wide speed limit. Some of the individual thank yous you get from people whose lives have been changed are quite moving and very lovely to receive.
What are you working on now and what’s next?
I’ve spent the last six months working with the Bikeability Trust as a project director to create the plan for the roll out of Bikeability for All, the results of which I hope will soon be shared. Next, I think we’re all looking to stabilise and rebuild in the wake of the pandemic. But I see exciting things coming and a once in a generation opportunity to take active travel to dizzy new heights.
What do you like about being on the Modeshift Board?
The board and members are so amazing to work with. Bringing the industry together to support best practice and innovation is such a joy.