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

Rachel is a global leader in transport planning.

She is a trusted advisor with proven and practical traffic congestion solutions.

Rachel, a dual British/Australian citizen, is an author, columnist, blogger and speaker who has worked in the private and public sectors in the UK and Australia.

She increased walking to school from 38% of all trips to 92% at two schools in the UK  – What this really means is that she removed more than 200 cars from the streets around each school she worked with. She was retained by the UK Government for 6 years as a specialist advisor cutting congestion at schools, workplaces and tourist attractions. She now has a similar role with the NSW Government. Rachel was chosen to solve tourism related traffic issues at major tourist destinations include Eden Project, Tate Gallery and National Trust. She has given lectures at University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, University of Plymouth and Swinburne University of Technology.

Rachel has spoken at more than 200 conferences around the world, including 2 TEDx talks and her 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. She is also a regular on national ABC radio.

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