The organising committee is made up of four women and four men with diverse professional interests and experience in mobility, activity, planning, cities, public spaces, the environment, public policy and walking and cycling. The committee is gender and social inclusive and promotes social inclusion in all walking and cycling activities.
Peter was a Program Director in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy for many years where his interests were in Australian social policy, social research methods and rehabilitation. He has been a Principal Policy Officer for SA Health and managed social data for the Department for Environment. As an adjunct lecturer with the Gender Consortium at Flinders University Peter has worked on a range of AusAid projects in Australian and overseas.
Peter has been a commuting cyclist since 1975, an enthusiastic bush walker and is a past president of the Bicycle Institute of South Australa. He was an invited speaker at Velo City Global 2014.
Peter leads the group, and is the public face for the Conference.
Ashlea Bartram is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide’s School of Public Health. She has a background in Psychology, with a particular interest in promoting behaviour change. She previously worked for the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure to design and manage programs to encourage safer, greener and more active travel in households and workplaces. She especially focused on encouraging cycling for transport with the Cycle Instead suite of activities and resources. Ashlea was on the project team for Velo-city Global Adelaide 2014, a four day cycle planning conference which attracted over 550 delegates from around the world.
Ashlea started cycle commuting while at university back in 2005 as a way of getting a bit of bike training in for triathlons, and found she rather enjoyed it (along with the extra money left in her pocket).
She is a much better bike commuter than triathlete.
Matthew Mayes is a senior program officer with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and has been working for nearly a decade on programs targeting increasing cycling, walking and reducing car use and improving road safety for all road users. Most recently his work has focussed on working in partnership with primary schools and local councils to improve conditions and encourage children and parents to seek active transport alternatives as part of the trip to and from school.
A keen recreational cross country cyclist, Matt has also worked on programs to encourage cycling for commuting and work travel within state government and the private section. Matt presented on small street activation at the 2014 Velo City Conference.
Matthew is the Chair of the Australian Walking and Cycling Conference.
Jeremy holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning and is a long term advocate for everyday bicycle transport, especially the use of cargo and utility bikes. He is a long time member of the Bicycle Institute of SA being the former Chair and committee member.
When not focused on bicycle related matters Jeremy is a Senior ESD Consultant with the company Sustainability House. His main professional focus is working with architects and developers in improving energy efficiency, understanding legislative and statutory requirements and developing understanding of the factors that contribute to the thermal performance of buildings.
Jeremy is the treasurer for the Australian Walking and Cycling Conference and organising committee member.
Robert is Planning and Policy Officer, Active and Healthy Communities at the City of Greater Bendigo.
As a passionate advocate for everyday cycling and walking Robert enjoys working to create healthy, happy communities. He is the current programs coordinator and treasurer of Bike Bendigo, a former committee member of the Bendigo Sustainability Group and a former President of La Trobe University Student Planners’ Association.
Robert has been riding or walking to work for over ten years. his preferred mode of travel is by cargobike, enjoying sustainable urban mobility and exploring with his son across Bendigo.
With Bachelor degrees in Education and Environmental Management, Linley is a keen advocate for living lighter on this planet. Her current role as a sustainability educator allows her to work with people of all ages to understand their impacts and consider more positive behaviours.
Linley enjoys walking and cycling for both recreation and commuting. Having lived in Europe for a number of years, she has experienced more sustainable and more human-centred transport environments and would like to see Australian cities and towns move in this direction.
Bernhard Sayer is a Community Engagement Officer with the South Australian Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of South Australia. In his previous role from 2008 to 2016, he was responsible for the delivery of travel behaviour change programs to communities and workplaces throughout South Australia, and presented on the Cycle Instead Journey Planner at the 2014 Velo-City Conference.
Bernhard’s family never quite were able to fathom just how much he loved his bike when he was a young child. That love stayed with him through his teenage years, often riding to neighbouring towns for sport and even, as a 12 year old, riding 120km to visit his sister. He moved to Adelaide and didn’t have the courage to ride the city streets for a decade, but once he climbed back on the saddle there was no turning back. One of his proudest achievements is riding South Australia’s Mawson Trail from start to finish, something he’d love to do again. He’s made a start on the Heysen Trail, but has a long way to go. A long way to go.
The committee is supported by an expert reference group of people who are mostly located outside of Adelaide.
- Fiona Campbell, Manager of Cycling Strategy, Sydney City Council.
- Russell Greig, Team Leader BikeWest, Department of Transport WA.
- Dr Marilyn Johnson, Research Fellow, Institute of Transport Studies, Monash University and Research Manager, Amy Gillett Foundation
- Jim Krynen, Manager Cycling Integration, Public Transport Authority, Western Australia
- Professor Chris Rissell, Professor of Public Health, School of Public Health, The University of Sydney
- Dr Jennifer Bonham, Senior Lecturer, Geography, Environment and Population, The University of Adelaide
- Dr Jan Garrard, Senior Lecturer, School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University
- Ben Russ, Strategic Planner, infraPlan (former member of organising committee)
- Tuesday Udell, Senior Policy Advisor for the Heart Foundation (former member of organising committee)
- Mazna AlMarzooqi
- Fay Patterson, Transport Planner & Engineer, Hub Traffic & Transport (former member of organising committee)
- Lotte Bech, Architect, Urban Cycle Planning, member of Cycling Embassy of Denmark
- Graham Bradshaw, Walking and cycling strategy consultant and former CEO of the Retail Cycle Traders Australia.