Mark Bland, Programme Manager: Enjoy Waltham Forest, Waltham Forest Council
Presentation: The Mini-Holland Programme in Waltham Forest
Mark Bland has worked in the traffic and transportation field for more than 25 years in both the public and private sectors.
He started his career in Harrogate, North Yorkshire before moving to London in 2000 where he built up significant experience working on a number of major transport projects across the capital including; the Emirates Stadium matchday controls, the Mayor’s cycle hire scheme, Borough-wide 20mph and parking and area wide transport schemes.
In 2010 Mark took up the role of Head of Traffic Management and Parking for the London Organising Committee for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and was responsible for the design, implementation and operation of the traffic management and parking for the Games. Working with numerous stakeholders and partners Mark used his considerable experience to bring together the team and develop the relationships to ensure success.
Mark is currently working for the London Borough of Waltham Forest as the Programme Manager delivering walking and cycling improvements as part of the TfL funded Mini-Holland Programme. Mark is fully committed to the delivery of the Mayor of London’s walking and cycling vision and is successfully helping the Council achieve its objectives around sustainable transport.
Mini-Holland schemes encourage more people to cycle, and cycle more often, with features that make cycling feel safer and more convenient. They also aim to improve streets and public spaces for everyone. The programme specifically targets people who make short car journeys in outer London that could easily be cycled instead.