Mike Barr

CTC Volunteer of the Year for the West Midlands, Mike Barr

Mike Barr

CTC Volunteer of the Year for the West Midlands, Mike Barr.

Mike Barr has been the Right to Ride Representative for Staffordshire for many years, tirelessly promoting cycling and working with partners to improve cycling conditions.

His professional background as a town planner has enabled him to work very successfully in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council, other councils and agencies such as Sustrans and vast improvements have been made to the cycle infrastructure of North Staffordshire over the past decade.

During 2006 Mike led the organisation of a series of family rides on Stoke-on-Trent's newly improved greenway network and its National Cycle Network routes. Up to 40 cyclists of all ages took part each time, most of whom were taking part in an organised ride for the first time. The rides were promoted jointly with Stoke-on-Trent City Council and will be repeated and expanded in 2007.

Mike is also the driving force behind the local campaign and cycling group Cycle 2000; he leads the organisation of a network of Sustrans rangers to maintain the National Cycle Network in Stoke-on-Trent, he is a trained cycle instructor working in local schools, he is a significant contributor to the very successful North Staffordshire cycling map and the organiser of many other events.