Gísli Marteinn Baldursson


City Councillor from Reykjavík, Iceland

Gísli was elected to the City Council in Reykjavík in 2006. Shortly thereafter he introduced a radical new agenda for Reykjavik, named Green Steps for Reykjavik. In it he outlined actions for the city to increase bicycle use, public transport, use of electric cars, recycling, smart growth and various other steps to make the city greener and more livable. The agenda was agreed upon unanimously and put into action immediately. Bicycle lanes are now more than 10 times longer than they were at the start of the Green Steps agenda. In 2009-2010 Gísli chaired a group that wrote the first Bicycle Plan for Reykjavik. In it the City Council vowed to make 10 km of bike per year in the next four years. New research has shown that bicycle use in Reykjavik increased 1000% in the years between 2002 and 2012. Before being elected to the City Council Gísli worked for many years at the Icelandic National Television, first as a news correspondent and later hosting a talk show called Saturday night with Gísli Marteinn. The show became the most popular talk show on Icelandic TV.

Gísli Marteinn has a BA degree in Political Science from the University of Iceland and a MSc degree in The City from the University of Edinburgh.