- by Christopher Jones
- Published: 2 September 2011
Bike Futures 2011 will bring together world leading experts as well as some of Australia’s leading practitioners on how to best respond to the issues confronting communities as they embrace the bicycle revolution.
The three day conference will be held at the Etihad Sadium in Melbourne from 12 – 14. October 2011. The event is now in it’s third year and targets national and local leaders, planners, designers and builders who can use bike transport and recreation to advance their communities.
Bicycle Victoria CEO, Harry Barber says "In towns and cities around the world business and civic leaders, questing for the secret to attracting talent and innovation, are reaching for the Bike Plan".
Bike Futures 2011 will discuss how to take the next steps from providing bike infrastructure – essential for mobility – to changing the ways cities work.
"When Bike Plans are done well, we know we will find a healthy social and economic ecology. There is little doubt that bikes subtly but powerfully transform the street, calming it, warming it, making it magnetic to people and their conversation and commerce," Mr Barber said.
The Keynote Speakers are:
Gil Penalosa is an internationally renowned liveable city advisor.
Gordon Price is the Director of The City Program at Simon Fraser University in Canada.
Other Speakers are:
Timothy Papandreou, San Francisco Sustainable & Active Mobility Strategy
Robyn Davies, Transport and Main Roads, Qld
Jim Betts, Secretary, Victorian Department of Transport
Sara Stace, Director, National Urban Policy, Major Cities Unit
Rebecca Lehman, GTA Consultants
Cameron Munro, SKM Consulting
Nicholas Elliot, City of Moreland
Workshop themes for the three days will include: innovative and human design, linking local initiatives with the bigger picture, shared paths and shared spaces, cycle tourism and how Vancouver BC has become the world’s most livable city.
Bike Futures has been initiated by Bicycle Victoria and hosted through their Bicycle Network section. For more the program and registration visit: bikefutures.conferenceworks.net.au