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Sadiq Khan was today urged to make the new post of walking and cycling commissioner a full-time job.

Campaigners welcomed his wish to prioritise pedestrian safety but said the job – when combined with the contentious cycling portfolio – was too big for a three-day-a-week position.

The news story from today’s Evening Standard is here: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport/make-mayors-walking-and-cycling-czar-fulltime-job-sadiq-khan-urged-a3321291.html

See below for the full job description:

The Mayor’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner: outline responsibilities and accountabilities

Job Title:                   The Mayor’s Walking & Cycling Commissioner

Max Salary:               Up to £98k (pro rata)

Responsible to:          The Deputy Mayor for Transport

Duration:                   Fixed Term Contract (to May 2020 with possible extension)

Hours:                        Part time – 3 days per week


Role Scope

The Mayor’s walking and cycling programme will bring together all the activities undertaken by Transport for London and key partners designed to promote and support healthy, active, non-polluting travel in London.   This post exists to provide strategic advice to the Mayor and TFL on the overall content and direction of the programme and strategic oversight of delivery of the programme. They would work collaboratively with a wide range of partners in the public, private and voluntary sectors and with London’s diverse communities to support delivery of the programme. The post holder will provide a high-profile “ambassadorial”, outreach and stakeholder management role for the Mayor, the Deputy Mayor for Transport and Transport for London on the Mayor’s walking and cycling programme. They would represent the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and TFL to stakeholders, the travelling public and the media on the programme.

Key Accountabilities


  • To act as an advocate for walking and cycling in London, raising the profile of walking and cycling as ways of travelling around the city and promoting their heath, environmental, social and economic benefits to all who live and work in and visit the capital.


  • Secure the necessary resources to achieve the Mayor’s manifesto commitments related to walking and cycling, monitor progress towards them and report to the Mayoral team as required, including through formal reporting processes.


  • Have oversight, under the policy direction of the Deputy Mayor for Transport, of the development of TfL walking and cycling policy and programmes (bringing together the key areas of interest across transport, urban planning and public health) and the progress of the delivery of walking and cycling programmes and their benefits across London.


  • Proactively engage with and build relationships and working partnerships at a high level with London’s local authorities, transport providers, community organisations, Public Health England and other public and private organisations that may already be able or have the opportunity to influence the safety and conditions for walking and cycling in London, or promote walking and cycling within the capital.


  • Develop and manage relationships and alliances across the GLA Group and with a wide range of external stakeholders with interests in relevant policies and standards, including national, regional and local government, delivery bodies, NGOs, and other key opinion formers to ensure effective representation and delivery of Mayoral priorities.


  • Represent London’s interests on walking and cycling at appropriate events, conferences, launches and openings and to the media to raise the profile of walking and cycling in London.


  • To identify, and lobby for, further sources of funding for the development and delivery of walking and cycling related activity and programmes within London, including helping to secure third party financial support for relevant elements of these programmes through sponsorship, support in kind or provision of staffing or other resources, and securing the provision of adequate resources within TfL.


  • Provide written and oral briefings, advice and reports for the Mayor and the Mayor’s Office, Chief Executive, Directors and others as required. Respond to information requests from the Assembly.


  • Promote and enable equality of opportunities, and promote the diverse needs and aspirations of London’s communities.


Key interfaces

The Mayor of London

The Deputy Mayor for Transport

The Mayor’s team of Directors and key staff within the Mayor’s Office

The TfL Commissioner

MD TfL Surface Transport

Director of Strategy and Planning, TfL Surface Transport

GLA Transport team

Public Health England and public health staff within TfL and the GLA

Chief Executives and senior elected members of the London Boroughs

Chief Executives/senior managers of relevant voluntary organisations and trade associations

Chief Executives/senior managers of London



  • A good understanding of the benefits of walking and cycling and their links to other policy agendas, including public health, the environment, social justice and the wider urban economy.


  • A good understanding of the key issues and challenges relating to increasing walking and cycling in London and the relationship between the two forms of travel.


  • A good understanding of the mix of policies and programmes needed to support delivery of an increase in walking and cycling, including infrastructure improvements, financial and other instruments and behaviour change programmes


  • A good understanding of the practical, political, financial and commercial realities of delivering projects and programmes that support an increase in walking and cycling on a crowded road network and in a politically complex and highly regulated environment.


  • A good understanding of and credibility with the key stakeholders involved in the walking and cycling agenda and ability to leverage relationships and interest from across a diverse range of sectors and audiences, including sectors and communities not currently engaged in the walking and cycling debate in London.




  • Exceptional influencing, communications, outreach and stakeholder management skills, with the ability to coalesce different constituencies around an agenda and to represent the Mayor and TfL’s vision compellingly in public. Ability to engender maximum trust and confidence of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor through the highest level of personal and professional integrity.


  • The ability to network and influence at the highest levels in the public, private and voluntary sectors, including the ability to engage the widest possible range of audiences and interests in the walking and cycling agenda, including from the transport, urban planning, environment, economics and public health sectors.


  • Strong strategic skills, with an ability to propose and evaluate strategic options and to lead the policy debate in the areas covered. Well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills and ability to devise creative solutions to complex problems and issues.


  • The ability to work in a politically complex and highly regulated operating environment.




  • Significant experience of operating in a complex political and regulatory environment together with consultation and negotiation skills in order to seek to change opinion and influence political and other stakeholder


  • Significant experience of working with a broad range of stakeholders in the public, private and voluntary sectors on development and/or delivery of policies and programmes relevant to the walking and cycling agenda.


  • Experience of public speaking and representing an organisation or issue to a wide range of audiences, including conferences, senior stakeholders and the print and broadcast media


  • Experience of generating third party financial or other support for project and programme delivery