Transport – Congestion & Cycling

Industry Expert, Advisor, Thought Leader, Columnist & Speaker. Accredited NSW & Qld Project Reviewer. Author of Decongestion & Underspent. “Change & Behaviour Change – Congestion, Cycling, Consumerism & Consuming Less”

“Rachel is one of Australia’s brightest thinkers on the perpetual challenge of urban planning” (News Limited)

“An emerging International Talent” (The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York)

“Rachel’s dedication to the environment is inspiring and her passion for cycling is unmatched” (TED, New York)

Rachel is a leader, a listener, a thinker, a communicator and a mentor.

She’s an Urban & Transport Planner, Author and Speaker with 20 years of advisory experience and expertise and is a regular commentator on TV and Radio. 

Rachel has two decades of extraordinary experiences:

  • Speaking in Parliament – London’s Palace of Westminster House of Lords
  • Discussing projects with the Australian Prime Minister (Hon Kevin Rudd MP). 
  • Two TEDx talks. 
  • Part of the curatorial team for the International multi-lingual mobile think-tanks (BMW Guggenheim Lab in New York, Berlin & Mumbai)
  • Advising the UK Government (retained for 6 years advising on school, tourism and workplace TDM)
  • Writing 2 best-selling books
  • Developing the world’s 1st crowd solving bicycle map with BMW. 
  • Winning the AITPM scholarship
  • Creating the concept for 7m wide Cycling Super Highways
  • Managing 300+ change projects
  • Helping 20,000+ adults and children change their behaviour.
  • Delivering road safety school assemblies to thousands of UK primary school children – many live on radio. 
  • Working in international Tier 1 consultancies
  • Part of the ANZ Smart Cities TaskForce
  • Undertaking Ministerial level project reviews/health checks.
  • Transport customer liaison for major sporting events (Wembley Stadium and GC Commonwealth Games) 
  • Working on highly political, contentious, sensitive and probity bound transport planning and infrastructure projects in the UK and Australia.
  • Natural Disaster Response Co-ordination, Cyclone/flood Community Recovery.
  • Teaching adult literacy 
  • Leading diving on International marine conversation scuba diving expeditions in Honduras, Egypt and Australia (Coral Cay & ATCV)
  • Chartered Member of the Institution of Highways and Transport and a Member of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management

Why Cycling Rachel Smith?

  1. Cycling Super Highways – My first dream is to build Cycling Super Highways. My vision is that anyone will be able to safely ride a bicycle regardless of their age, gender, physical abilities, cycling skills and road safety awareness. When the Los Angeles Department of Transport said “for the bike to catch on we need a revolution in our bicycle infrastructure” they were right. If we really want riding a bicycle to be a central part of our lifestyle, our transport system and our cities we need an ‘infrastructure revolution’. That’s why I created Cycling Super Highways, 7 metre wide bicycle ways with six lanes for slow, medium and fast bicyCl e riders, completely separated from all parked and moving cars.
  2. Floating Bikeways made out of waste plastic – My second dream is a floating bikeway on the Sydney Harbour or on the Thames in London, constructed out of recycled waste plastic and used aluminium drink cans. Let’s use our waste. David de Rothchild built his Plastiki boat using used plastic drinks bottles, Vertec build road bridges with waste plastic and in Kuranda, Australia benches in public places are made from old plastic milk bottles. I’d like us to innovate and build floating bicycle paths from waste plastic. Imagine it. Watch my TEDxQUT talk “Who says building the impossible is impossible?”
  3. Lazy Sunday Cycle – I was the co-founder of Lazy Sunday Cycle. LSC was all about normal people, in normal clothes on normal bikes. It’s not about no special clothes or specialized and technical equipment. We encouraged and enabled anyone and everyone who wanted to ride a bicycle for fun; people who were ‘interested but a little bit concerned’ about cycling, people who just wanted to get out there and have a go at cycling, enthusiastic bicycle riders and people who wanted to cycle with other people so that they can chat. It was aimed at young people, old people, families with children, children with stabilizers, people with fancy bikes and people with cargo bikes and people with bikes with baskets!