West Midlands Cycling Commissioner Resigns After Mayoral Defeat

Adam Tranter, West Midlands Cycling and Walking Commissioner, resigns after Andy Street's mayoral election defeat. Tranter's departure coincides with Birmingham City Council's decision to axe the transport and highways brief.

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West Midlands Cycling Commissioner Resigns After Mayoral Defeat

West Midlands Cycling Commissioner Resigns After Mayoral Defeat

Adam Tranter, the West Midlands Cycling and Walking Commissioner, has resigned from his role following Andy Street's defeat in the recent mayoral election. Tranter, who served in the position for two and a half years, announced his decision to step down on the same day Birmingham City Council revealed it would be axing the separate transport and highways brief as part of a Cabinet reshuffle.

Why this matters: The resignation of a prominent advocate for active travel androad safety initiatives has significant implications for the future of sustainable transportation and road safety in the West Midlands region. The loss of Tranter's expertise and advocacy may hinder progress on these critical issues, making it essential for the new administration to prioritize their continuation.

During his tenure, Tranter promoted various road safety projects and active travel initiatives across the region. The commissioner role was originally established in 2021 by former mayor Andy Street. "Working as Cycling & Walking Commissioner has been a tremendous privilege and a real opportunity to help make our streets both safer and better for walking and cycling," Tranter said in a statement.

Explaining his decision to resign, Tranter stated, "I'm stepping down... for the new administration to be able to develop their own active travel plans. I'm assured that this agenda is an important one for the new Mayor, Richard Parker, and I will be happy to support wherever I can."

Road safety advocates in the West Midlands expressed concern over the simultaneous loss of two strong proponents for active travel and safer streets. Campaign group Better Streets for Birmingham described Tranter's resignation as a significant blow for the region. Newly-elected mayor Richard Parker has been urged to retain the Cycling and Walking Commissioner role to help improve road safety and promote sustainable transportation.

The West Midlands mayoral election saw a shift in power, with Andy Street's defeat reflecting a broader trend across England. Currently, 11 out of 12 metro mayors belong to the Labour Party, highlighting the prominence of these positions in British politics. The mayoral system allows for devolution and provides a counterbalance to the centralized government in Westminster.

Adam Tranter's resignation as the West Midlands Cycling and Walking Commissioner marks the end of an era in the region's active travel initiatives. As the new administration under Mayor Richard Parker takes shape, the future of road safety and sustainable transportation projects hangs in the balance. The loss of Tranter's advocacy and expertise will undoubtedly be felt, but hopes remain that the incoming mayor will prioritize these crucial issues and appoint a successor to continue the vital work of making West Midlands streets safer and more accessible for all.

Key Takeaways

  • Adam Tranter resigns as West Midlands Cycling and Walking Commissioner.
  • Tranter's resignation follows Andy Street's defeat in the mayoral election.
  • The role was established in 2021 to promote active travel and road safety.
  • New mayor Richard Parker urged to retain the Commissioner role.
  • Tranter's expertise and advocacy may hinder progress on sustainable transportation.