About Rachel

“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 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 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 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.

I have spoken at more than 200 conferences around the world, including 2 TEDx talks 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 bi-monthly Columnist at Sourceable (USA, Canada & Australia) and regular commentator on the radio and in print media.

I was hand-picked to be part of the international mobile think tank the BMW Guggenheim Lab, I developed the world’s first crowd solving bicycle map and have won many awards including the CIHT BP Road Safety Award and the AITPM Janet Brash Memorial Scholarship.