Smarter Cambridge Transport comprises a team of impartial, unpaid volunteers. The group has no political or commercial allegiance and its agenda is transparently about seeking out, developing and promoting the best transport-related ideas for making Cambridge and the surrounding region a great place to live, work and study.
Every policy and proposal is the product of open-minded research and consultation, and subject to continual revision and refinement as new evidence emerges. We welcome involvement by individuals and organisations with an interest in sustainable transport. The Cambridge Cycling Campaign is a founding supporter.
Smarter Cambridge Transport is an unincorporated association governed by a constitution adopted on 24 April 2016.
We started life as Better City Deal. We believe our new name better captures our focus and ambition, not just within the context of the City Deal, but for the future of transport across the region.
Edward Leigh (Chair)
Edward Leigh is the leader of Smarter Cambridge Transport, chair of the South Petersfield Residents Association, independent member of the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel, business owner, consultant, and occasional blogger about making the world and Cambridge a better place to live. You can find him on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Wendy Blythe is Chair of the Federation of Cambridge Residents Associations (FeCRA). Her involvement reflects FeCRA’s aim of facilitating discussion and giving residents a voice. It also reflects her research interests in public realm and landscape design and the value of that to the community.
Jim Chisholm, perhaps best known for the ‘Chisholm Trail’, is involved in many national transport campaigning issues. He has worked in transport research, including at the Government Transport Research Laboratory, for 15 years. “I believe that all people, and all modes of transport need to be catered for in an equitable way.”
Roxanne De Beaux
Roxanne De Beaux is the Officer for the Cambridge Cycling Campaign. Her role is to provide support for the many volunteers of the Campaign to campaign for better, safer and more cycling in and around Cambridge. She has a wealth of experience in the commercial sector, both from the management consultancy and business sectors, and says: “I have the ambition to make Cambridge the number one cycling city in the world.”
Emma Fletcher has worked all her life in the East of England and been involved in some of Cambridge’s most exciting development projects. She has a keen interest in movement of people in, out and around the City, having always lived in villages around Cambridge. Of particular interest is the increasing length of commuting due to the cost of living in and around Cambridge; the acceptance of car ownership as part of living outside the City; and, as consequence, how to encourage a modal shift in transportation to assist in managing traffic issues in the region.
Jean Glasberg has lived and worked in Cambridge for over 35 years. She is chair of her local residents association and has served as a city councillor; as Chair of the Environmental Health Committee she was involved in introducing air pollution monitoring to the city. Jean is committed to ensuring that residents have a say on the future of their city, and that rapid growth does not destroy its beauty and green aspect. She says, “I joined Smarter Cambridge transport because it has both the vision to value the things that are most important to the community, and the practical ideas needed to transform traffic management in this area for the 21st century.”
John Hall (Treasurer)
John Hall is a medical researcher, living and working in the city. He has a vision of a quieter, cleaner more equitable transport network. He says this has already been achieved in similar cities abroad and is certainly a realistic goal for Cambridge.
Penny Heath is an art conservator passionate about city heritage and excellent streetscape design. She has known Cambridgeshire since childhood and wants to see connections between the city and its environs improved without ruining character and identity. She is realistic about people’s transport needs, whether running a home or a business, and uses all modes of transport herself.
Robin Heydon is Chair of the Cambridge Cycling Campaign and has a regular column in the Cambridge News.
Lynn Hieatt has lived in Cambridge for over 40 years and comes to the campaign after a career in publishing at Cambridge University Press. A chair of a local Residents’ Association, recently she has been active in facilitating communication among residents, particularly in response to the City Deal proposals. She was attracted to the Better City Deal project because of its imaginative and forward-looking, practical proposals to help shape the future of this dynamic city.
Paul Hollinghurst is the Secretary for Railfuture East Anglia. He says: “Cambridge has been given an important opportunity to transform its transport infrastructure with the City Deal but risks wasting the money on ineffective schemes with too narrow a focus. I see The Better City Deal project pulling together strong ideas from both local experience, and also from Europe. I also have a interest in transport data, for justifying and showing people why proposed solutions will work, and also providing people with the information they need to have an efficient stress free commute.”
Nicki Marrian worked at the Word Bank in Washington DC for 20 years, mainly in publishing, then spent 7 years in Silicon Valley, California. “I am happy to be back in Cambridge after nearly 30 years in the USA. Cambridge has changed fundamentally even in the 5 years I have been back. I feel strongly that the unrestricted commuter parking on residential streets creates unnecessary congestion, adds to pollution, and distorts traffic flows. I want to help Cambridge become a vibrant modern city, without sacrificing its historic charm and beauty.”
Willa McDonald (Vice-chair)
As a local GP Willa McDonald is aware of the growing evidence for the damaging effects of air pollution, especially from diesel engine emissions. She is therefore a strong supporter of improvements in public transport options for our city, to reduce congestion and pollution. She is also an advocate for walking and cycling as healthy journey choices, which can improve mental and physical well-being when built into people’s daily lives.
Chris Rand is a blogger and campaigner from Queen Edith’s ward, with a keen interest in improving the communication between local government and residents. He believes that a key factor in making the City Deal successful will be generating ideas from the people who live in and around the city, and not leaving things to commercial interests, which will inevitably try to hijack this fantastic opportunity.
Sheila von Rimscha
Sheila is a member of the Campaign for Sustainable Transport and of Railfuture and worked for six years at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. She has lived in Cambridge for most of her adult life and is committed to exploring ways to keep Cambridge special.
Sarah Rodger has a longstanding involvement with Transition Cambridge and for many years worked at Wildlife Trust BCN. She is proud of the City’s grassroots commitment to nature, sustainability and community wellbeing. Sarah believes it vitality important that a sense of local neighbourhood is protected, rather than fragmented, during this period of rapid urban development.
Neil Swan (Secretary)
Neil Swan is a retired Legal Director and Company Secretary, and Chair of the Southacre, Latham and Chaucer Residents’ Association (SOLACHRA). He lives in the centre of Cambridge and has a desire to see the city develop a transport and traffic management system serving Cambridge and its surrounding villages that will enable people to move efficiently by bus, train and bicycle without being delayed by congestion from private cars.
Hester Wells is Vice-Chair of Cambridge Cycling Campaign, volunteer bar manager at Cambridge beer festivals, and member of Cambridge’s first co-housing project. She is interested in the liveable streets movement: urban areas built for people, and the communities which blossom among them.