Graham Paul Smith is an urban designer and trained as an artist. He works as an urban design consultant and formerly lectured at Oxford Brookes University as principal lecturer. He is a joint author of the seminal urban design text: ‘Responsive Environments’ which sets out how an environment may be designed for the improvement of all users’ choices. He has worked successfully on a number of architecture/urban design competitions, developments and urban regeneration projects. He acts as an Expert Witness in urban design and was an ‘enabler’ for CABE Space.
He first joined the CTC in the early 1960s, riding with the Birmingham Northern DA, eventually in the ‘hard-riders’ section and was runs secretary for a few seasons. He was a junior competitor in the Buxton final of the British Cycle-Tourist Competition. He re-discovered cycling with an Italian racing bike in the 80s and, as a vet, raced in England, and also Italy, until the late 90s when a medical condition prevented competition. He took-up cycling advocacy around the mid eighties. He was a founder member of the Oxford City Council ‘cyclists’ sub-committee in 1988 (when the City had responsibility for its roads). At the Oxford CTC 2007 national conference he debated the issue of ‘Permeability’. He is an active member of Oxford’s ‘Cyclox’ pressure group and works with the Oxfordshire CTC Right-to-Ride officer.
His research and consultancy activity focuses on the layout and design of movement in public space; the experience of users within it and the levels of risk they are exposed to. He has researched ‘Cyclists’ Perceptions of Risk’ and published a number of reports with colleagues. He is particularly concerned with the highway as a place which connects people and activities and therefore in challenging the orthodoxy that the highway is predominantly for motor-vehicular movement.
He contributes to and, since the mid-eighties, has organised a range of conferences and working parties, training events, short courses and continental field study visits in the area of ‘traffic calming’ and ‘sustainable urban form’. He acts as a cyclists’ and pedestrians' rights representative. He has contributed to campaigns and publications for Transport 2000, the Children's Play Council, The Road Danger Reduction Forum and Sustrans; ‘Main Streets’, ‘Homezones’, and ‘Streets for People’. He wrote “Home zones and traffic calming: implications for cycling” in ‘Planning for cycling’, ed. H McClintock. He was a member of the National Forum and Steering Committee for Transport 2000’s ‘Revitalising Communities on Main Roads’ programme, and led their European Study Tour to the Netherlands and Germany. He helped lead a CTC ‘Bench-marking’ research tour to Germany, France and Switzerland. He contributed to the development of the new ‘Manual for Streets 1 & 2’, which rewrites formerly cycling-averse guidance to urban street design and to the DfT’s Shared-Space guidance sounding board.
As a member of Council I would bring my energy and broad experience to focus on the designers of the physical environment, politicians and engineers, their better education and supporting new regulation with positive impacts for cycling, especially to enable the legitimate choice to start riding.