About Rachel

Hi. I’m Rachel. I’m an author, columnist, blogger, speaker, lecturer and transport planner.

I am a leader in transport planning, I specialise in practical and realistic solutions to cut traffic congestion. I’ve worked in the private and public sectors in the UK and Australia and I’m a trusted advisor to Governments and Councils.

Within 2 years of entering the transport profession I was retained by the UK Government for 6 years as a specialist advisor cutting congestion at schools, workplaces and tourist attractions.  I was responsible for giving ‘as required’ advice, providing technical support and delivering/implementing projects. I increased walking to school from 38% of all trips to 92% at two schools in the UK  – What this really means is that I removed more than 200 cars from the streets around each school I worked with. I was chosen to solve tourism related traffic issues at major tourist destinations include Eden Project, Tate Gallery and National Trust. I now have a similar role with the NSW Government.

  • I have 2 TEDx talks
  • I was hand-picked by Enrique Penalosa to be part of the international mobile think tank the BMW Guggenheim Lab
  • I developed the world’s first crowd solving bicycle map
  • I was hand-picked by former Queensland Premier Hon Anna Bligh MP and Transport Minister Hon Rachel Nolan MP as a curator of the art=place panel
  • I have won many awards including the CIHT BP Road Safety Award and the AITPM Janet Brash Memorial Scholarship

I have spoken at more than 200 conferences around the world and my work has appeared in international media including the BBC, ABC, DW-TV, SBS, Disney Channel and in The Economist as well as international women’s magazines such as Take 5 – some articles have been read by more than 980,000 people!. I’m a Columnist at Sourceable (USA, Canada & Australia) and regular commentator on the radio and in print media.

“Rachel Smith 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)

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

I am a seasonal lecturer at Griffith University and have given lectures at many universities including University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, University of Plymouth and Swinburne University of Technology.

Also, I didn’t buy anything new or 2nd hand during 2014 and I saved a staggering 38% of my take-home salary without dramatically changing my life