Cycling UK , policy director
Originally from a cycle campaigning background, Roger Geffen has gained experience of working both in the local authority and consultancy sectors, before returning to work in cycle campaigning at national charity Cycling UK.
He first became involved in cycling as a volunteer campaigner with the London Cycling Campaign (LCC) in the late 1980’s to early 1990’s, where his roles included those of Campaigns Co-ordinator and Central London Co-ordinator. He went on to take active roles in various transport and environment groups ranging from CPRE (now the Council to Protect Rural England), Campaign for Better Transport, Alarm UK (the anti-road building alliance) and various anti-road campaigns, notably against the M11 Link Road in east London.
With the shift in national transport policy in the mid-1990’s, he took a masters in Transport at the University of London and began working for Oxfordshire County Council, drafting its Walking and Cycling Strategies and a large part of its Local Transport Plan.
After a spell working with consultants Steer Davies Gleave spent working on various walking, cycling, public transport and policy analysis projects, he joined Cycling UK as Campaigns & Policy Manager (now Director) in 2002. Since then he has led campaigns to promote cycle-friendly planning and design (‘Space for Cycling’), to strengthen road traffic law and enforcement (‘Road Justice’) and for a more cycle-friendly Highway Code, to improve road maintenance (‘Fill that Hole’) and to integrate cycling’s health, safety and environmental benefits (‘Safety in Numbers’) . He played a key role in advising the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’s ‘Get Britain Cycling’ inquiry and report, and has represented Cycling UK on several Government committees and working groups.
He was awarded an MBE for services to cycling in 2015.