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Mar 172015
 
Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith

Are you prepared to think differently about traffic and transport?

Rachel Smith is an Author, Blogger, Speaker and a Principal Transport Planner at AECOM in Brisbane. She is coming to Carindale to present to locals on Wednesday 25th March, 7pm at Pacific Golf Club.

Rachel has spent the last 15 years working in transport planning 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 and was retained by the UK Government for 6 years as a specialist advisor. She 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 and ABC. Rachel was hand-picked to be part of the BMW Guggenheim Lab and has won many awards including the CIHT BP Road Safety Award.

You can see Rachel in action here:

DecongestionDecongestion – Changing the way city leaders cut traffic congestion

This is the topic of Rachel’s presentation and also the topic of her book.

Rachel asks:

  • Do you want to the Mayor, City Leader or community group who cut traffic congestion?
  • Do you want to be remembered for solving a major problem that is costing everyone money and wasting people’s precious time?
  • Do you want to leave a legacy where you live and work?

Governments and councils, Rachel says, cannot afford the cost of new transport infrastructure and low density suburban sprawl is creating complex and highly expensive transport demands. Many of us are spending more than 15 hours a week sitting in our cars, literally stuck in traffic and the average Australian, American and British family spends more time sitting in the car than they do around the dining table. Little wonder our cities, our lives, our time, our economy and our health are in crisis.

“We don’t need to question whether congestion exists or not. We all know that traffic congestion exists. We see it every day. It’s what you do about it that’s important,” she says.

Decongestion examines in detail:

  • The problems caused by too many cars
  • Opinions from mayors, industry leaders, academics, residents and others
  • 7 biggest challenges in cutting traffic congestion
  • 7 “sticking points” when creating change
  • The 7 steps to a decongested city

Packed with case studies, stories, information and practical exercises Rachel shows you how to apply the 7 steps to decongest your city. the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of a decongested city – and the reality that none of us will be stuck in traffic ever again.

Meet Rachel Smith
What: Carindale & Eastern Suburbs Community Forum.
When: Wednesday 25th March, 7pm (last Wednesday of each month). Bookings not required.
Where: Pacific Golf Club, Pine Mountain Rd, Carindale (in Reflections Room)
Cost: Free. Tea and coffee provided. (You can purchase dinner upstairs beforehand)
Hosted by: Glenn Millar Remax | 0414 991 474 | glenn.millar@remax.com.au

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