His work focuses disruptive urban mobility scenarios, including automated driving, and examines how car-based and active mobility, public transport and taxis must adapt to these. He leads ITF work on data science how to leverage new and rapidly growing data sources to improve transport decision-making and is investigating how policy and regulation might adapt to an increasingly algorithmically-driven world. His work also encompasses helping public authorities think about how public space allocation, including curb management, will change under new travel practices and business models. He is a recognized world expert on cycling safety and policy, and in 2016 he won the Danish Cycling Embassy’s Leadership Award for Cycling Promotion. A French-American dual national, he is an ex-competitive cyclist and avid mushroom hunter. He also does much of his best thinking on a bicycle.
There is a buzz in the transport sector around the growing role that digital technology is playing in re-shaping urban transport. Smartphone-based ride-sourcing, automated driving, shared, dockless light mobility – all are the early signs of potentially profound changes in the way in which we move around our cities. And yet – we still face enduring challenges linked to our mobility practices. Are they de-congesting our road networks? Are they contributing to a more prosperous and equitable society? Are our roads becoming safer? Is our environmental impact growing smaller? These are all important questions whose answers will involve a decidedly analogue technology: the bicycle. What role will this simple machine play on the streets of this century’s cities? What impact will digital technology have on cycling? And how does this all matter to the cycling industry?