Planning, Regulations and Standards
A growing number of cities are inviting independent experts to become champions of cycling. Such figures sit between politicians such as city mayors and council leaders, city officials and the population at large, and help build the case for raising the standards, levels and governance of cycling investment. The relationship with the city administration varies.
Champions for cycling
Examples from within the Handshake project include Chris Boardman as Cycling Commissioner in Greater Manchester (appointed 2017), and the "world's first" Bicycle Mayor in Amsterdam (appointed 2016). These act as the public figurehead for cycling in their respective cities. Handshake cities will learn from these examples and what is working best in their engagement with citizens and in improving infrastructure.