Consulting

 Rachel Smith is a Transport Planning, Demand Management and Behaviour Change Expert.  She's on the Infrastructure NSW Expert Panel and a Infrastructure Business Case Reviewer. Author 3 books: Decongestion, Underspent & BeReady (Resilience), a keynote Speaker, Columnist and commentator on TV/Radio.

“Rachel is one of Australia’s brightest thinkers on the perpetual challenge of urban planning” News Ltd
Rachel asks questions and loves solving billion-dollar problems.
  • ... Why are Governments spending billions, every year, building new roads for peak hour car trips so that we can all start work at roughly 8am?
  • ... Why aren’t Park & Ride car parks, empty for 12 hours a day, used as overnight bus depots/parking?
Rachel’s strengths:
  • - Front of project thinking
  • - Big picture strategic thinking
  • - Challenging Status Quo
  • - Understanding problems before jumping to solutions
  • - Complex problem solving
  • - Unpacking risks
  • - Bringing everything together
  • - Connecting concepts
  • - Creating change
Rachel's 21 years of experience & expertise includes:
  • - Strategic transport planning
  • - Demand Management
  • - Transport advisory
  • - Infrastructure advisory
  • - Multi-modal planning
  • - Network optimisation
  • - Options Analysis
  • - Business Cases
  • - Project Reviews
  • - Behavioural insights and change
“Rachel’s superpower is explaining very complex projects on one flipchart page” NZ Government
CyclingRachelSmith:
  • - It's a Magical Unicorn!
  • - A brand that stuck
  • - I do more than cycling!
Awards
  • - Nominated 2017 Pride of Australia Medal
  • - Nominated 2015 Queensland Premier’s Award
  • - Finalist 2014 BUPA Australian blog award
  • - Short listed 2012 TED Talks Global Fellow
  • - Winner 2008 AITPM Janet Brash Memorial Scholarship
  • - Winner 2003 CIHT BP International Road Safety Award
  • - Finalist 2004 International Walk to School Week Award
Education:
  • - BSc (Hons) Geography
  • - Post Grad Cert Education
  • - Member CIHT
  • - Member AITPM
  • - 2019 & 2020 President PedBikeTrans
Career highlights:
  • - Author of Decongestion
  • - Guest speaker, London’s House of Lords
  • - Two TEDx Talks;
  • - TEDx 1 ‘Can we dream a new Australian Dream’
  • - TEDx 2 ‘Who says building the impossible is impossible?’
  • - Creator, 7m wide Cycling Super Highways
  • - Creator, ‘Dynamic Connections’ world’s 1st crowd solving bike map
  • - Curator, BMW Guggenheim Lab in New York, Berlin & Mumbai
  • - Co-founder, Lazy Sunday Cycle
  • - Creator, Ready Steady Road Safety
  • - Co-Producer, Disney Playhouse TV walk to school episode
  • - Expert Advisor, UK Government
  • - Columnist, Sourceable. 381,000 readers
  • - Australia Smart Cities Task Force
  • - Queensland Government art+place panel
  • - Car Park Awards judge
  • - Visited 30 ‘cycling cities’ for AITPM scholarship
  • - UN Sustainability Goals training
“Rachel’s dedication to the environment is inspiring and her passion for transport is unmatched” TED Talks, New York (2012)
“An emerging International Talent” The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York (2011)