About Charlie

Charles Gandy is a recognized expert in community design, trail planning and design, and bicycle and pedestrian advocacy. Since 1998, when Gandy started his current consulting practice, he has worked with government agencies, community organizations, become a popular speaker and lecturer, and is often enlisted by design firms for his expertise in livability leadership and design issues.

In 2009 Gandy became the Mobility Coordinator for Long Beach California's Bike Long Beach program. In May of 2010 Long Beach was ranked #23 in bicycle friendliness by Bicycling Magazine and has put into place a proactive plan to reach the #1 position.

A representative list of Gandy's clients includes: Federal Highway Administration, National Park Service, Texas Department of Transportation, the cities of Austin, Houston and Pasadena, Texas, California Department of Health Services, New York City Metropolitan Transportation Council, The Grand Canyon Collaborative, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, Alta Transportation Consultants, National Center for Bicycling and Walking, and American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

Gandy frequently appears on in print, television and radio commentating on government policy and legislation as it relates to ideas and goals of livable communities.  In 1998, he was named "America's #1 Bike Advocate" by Velo Business Magazine. In 1997 he was one of the "30 Most Influential People in the Bike Industry" by Bicycle Dealer Showcase Magazine.

From 1994 to 1998, Gandy was Director of Advocacy Programs for the Bicycle Federation of America where he organized and launched citizen based advocacy groups for walking and cycling in thirty states and metropolitan areas. Gandy coached and trained advocates in all fifty states.  Gandy developed and launched the Walkable Community Workshops, which have traveled to more than 1,200 communities nationwide and is a certified Safe Routes to School Instructor.

Gandy founded and served as the first Executive Director of the Texas Bicycle Coalition (TBC) from 1990 to 1994. During his tenure, TBC grew to 2,500 members, developed and executed public awareness campaigns and lead several successful legislative initiatives improving cycling conditions in Texas.

Gandy served as a Member of the Texas House of Representatives for Dallas, Texas from 1983 to 1985.   As a house member he passed several bills improving public safety and was a leader of Texas Education Reform. In 1985, Governor Mark White appointed Mr. Gandy to manage the Office of State/Federal Relations in Austin.  Through 1987, Gandy worked with Texas' Congressional Delegation in Washington to maximize federal tax dollars returned to Texas.

Gandy has served on the National Board of American Youth Hostels and was appointed to the Austin Parks and Recreation Board.  Mr. Gandy graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980 with a B.A. Degree in Political Science.  He has traveled extensively around the world, enjoys, trail running, cycling and mountain climbing. 

He now lives in Long Beach, California.