February guest speaker: Rachel Smith

The CBD BUG is very privileged to announce the guest speaker for our next general meeting will be Rachel Smith. The topic of her address will be: Developing Sustainable Transport Options for Australian Communities.

The meeting will start at 12.30pm on Wednesday 29 February 2012, in the usual Brisbane Square tiered theatrette. See the Meetings page for more information.

Rachel is one of Australia’s leading active and sustainable transport specialists and is well known to Brisbane cyclists as a progressive thinker and advocate for long term solutions to contemporary urban transport/planning issues.

As the winner of the 2008 Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management Janet Brash Memorial Scholarship Rachel used this opportunity to investigate a number of international cities with highly developed cycling infrastructure networks. Based on this work she subsequently launched her Cycling Super Highways concept in 2010.

Rachel is part of the BMW Guggenheim Lab following her nomination by Enrique Penalosa the former Mayor of Bogota and international urbanist. The BMW Guggenheim Lab is a mobile laboratory led by international, interdisciplinary emerging talents in urbanism, architecture, technology and sustainability. The Lab addresses issues of contemporary urban life through programs and public discourse. Its goal is the exploration of new ideas, experimentation, and ultimately the creation of forward-thinking solutions for city life, such as ideas for cycling and sustainable transport.

Update: Rachel’s presentation is now available here ( PDF, 4.0 MB)

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