The Campaign for Better Transport (CfBT) has appointed Paul Tuohy as its new chief executive.
Mr Tuohy stepped down as chief executive of active travel and campaigning charity Cycling UK, which was previously the Cyclists' Touring Club.
Mr Tuohy rides up Box Hill in Surrey
He will join CfBT in November, taking the role vacated by Darren Shirley, who has left to lead the Department for Transport's new Acceleration Unit.
During his six-year stint at Cycling UK Mr Tuohy instituted the 'Big Bike Revival', which engaged an estimated quarter of a million people back to cycling, in collaboration with the Department of Transport.
CfBT said he was also instrumental in creating the Walking and Cycling Alliance, which convinced Government to commit over £2bn towards more walking and cycling infrastructure and education programmes.
Prior to Cycling UK, Mr Tuohy worked with the YMCA and the RNIB and was the chief executive officer of Missing People.
He said: ‘The work of Campaign for Better Transport has never been more important than it is today. The pressing need to bring transport's greenhouse gas emissions in line with net zero targets has been joined by the need to recover and renew transport networks after COVID-19 and reverse the trend of people returning to cars.
‘I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to lead Campaign for Better Transport at this crucial time as it works for a transport system that is sustainable and fair, that connects people with opportunities and improves community life. I want Campaign for Better Transport to work alongside the Government to ensure effective, reliable, sustainable transport systems are in place as soon as possible.'
Chair of trustees John Stewart said: ‘We are delighted that Paul is joining us. At what will be a critical time for transport, he will build on the excellent work that Darren Shirley has done for the organisation.’