John Grimshaw stepped down from Sustrans on Friday
The former chief executive of the Bristol-based charity Sustrans, John Grimshaw, has been appointed an CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
He received his appointment for services to the development of the national cycle network.
Mr Grimshaw who stepped-down as chief executive on Saturday after 30 years is succeeded by Malcolm Shepherd.
Sustrans' founder leaves after a period of growth which saw the group receive three major lottery awards.
In December 2007 Sustrans won a £50m lottery grant by topping a public vote.
Sustrans: Connect2, aims to improve travel in 79 communities, beat three other environmental groups with 42% of all ballots cast.
The People's £50m is the largest ever publicly decided award.
The transport charity plans to spend £140m over the next five years on its Connect2 scheme.