About HD Budnitz


c. Alex Budnitz

With over a dozen years’ experience, my passion for transport planning and its potential to shape our neighbourhoods and improve our quality of life is undiminished.

As Chair of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s Transport Planning Network, I am working to support the integration of spatial and transport planning through our newsletters, events and research. You may have seen some of my blogs published in The Planner magazine and other online transport news services. I am also undertaking research as a PhD student at the University of Birmingham, employing a variety of big data sources to better understand and manage the risks and impacts of extreme weather on travel behaviour and how this is influenced by online access and information technologies. This work is funded by the DREAM programme. I have published an initial paper which is now available for online viewing here for subscribers.

I have previously worked as a transport planning consultant at Arup, then as a local government officer at Reading Borough Council.

In my view, my greatest achievement in local government was bringing ReadyBike, a 200-bicycle and 29-station public cycle hire or bike share network to Reading, UK. I managed all stages of the project, from feasibility and business case development, through identifying/securing sites and system procurement, to installation and launch. Building on this work, I supported Bikeplus in 2016 in its mission to gather and share best practice on bike share schemes throughout the UK.

Transport planning has been my chosen discipline since my BA at Columbia in New York City and MSc at Cardiff. I have retained my intellectual curiosity in the field and areas of current interest include transport’s role in improving public health within communities, how shared and virtual transport options are changing the future of transport, and how data and technology enable better initiation, evaluation, and replication of outcomes.

I continue to develop my professional knowledge and share my experiences and expertise with enthusiasm including through my blog and on Twitter. All views expressed through these social media are my own. I also aim to practice what I preach as a proud pedestrian, a practical cyclist, a regular public transport user, and a reluctant car driver. A copy of my full CV is available here.

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  1. Hi there, Enjoyed your School run article in The Planner, the magazine re-tweeted my comment too..! I can relate to your mission; I have done my bit in the car driving ‘figures of eight’ twice a day getting four children to schools….. But I have met my youngest from the local primary on my horse. With some further alterations, my boys could walk back home through the fields in Summer (took ages and rather cancelled out the Carbon saving by the washing machine doing extra time..) and even now they have grown and flown, I walk the Welsh hills for fun. I am embroiled in a planning project (a tad pioneering) and taking on illogical parish councillors (who never walk anywhere…). The waiting for the SoS’s determination is a killer, so a good stomp with my hound keeps me sane. Keep up the good work. Best wishes. Seona Lightfoot.

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