Jo was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2017 to investigate successful cycling policies and programs in the UK and Europe, with a focus on highly successful cycling nations and smaller regional centres and cities. She is passionate about the potential for cycling and walking to create more liveable and connected communities and delivering the infrastructure, policies and programs to encourage people to choose active transport for short trips and daily commutes.
Jo works for the Northern Territory Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics in Darwin and is responsible for sustainable and active transport, including policy and planning, with a particular focus on cycling and walking. Jo has over 20 years’ experience working in transport and land use planning and has previously worked for the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority and the NSW Department of Planning. Jo has a BA in Geography from the University of Manchester in the UK and a Masters of Environmental Management from the University of New England.
Jo travelled for her Fellowship in December 2018 and January 2019, visiting cycling cities in the UK, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. She met with local government and state transport agencies, transport planners, cycling advocates and community groups to discuss their cycling programs, the challenges they face, their successes and future plans. Since returning from her Fellowship, Jo has been actively sharing her findings with her local networks and interstate and national cycling contacts across Australia. This has included presenting her Fellowship outcomes at the Australian Walking and Cycling Conference in Adelaide and the International Cycling Safety Conference in Brisbane.
Jo has continued her connection with the Churchill Trust through actively participating in the Churchill Fellows Association of the Northern Territory and she is currently the President of the Association.
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