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2019 Australian Bicycle Summit

"smart tech and active transport, towards zero’ - 14 & 15 May, 2019

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2019 Australian Bicycle Summit Speakers


Find out more about our speaker line up for the 2019 Australian Bicycle Summit, by clicking on the names below.

International Key Note Speaker - Timothy Papandreou



Timothy Papandreou is at the cutting edge of integrated transportation technology including autonomous vehicles. So you may be wondering why we’re inviting him to keynote our Australian Bicycle Summit. However if you listen to Tim speak, you’ll soon discover that he’s a strong advocate of cycling.

He believes that cycling, walking and public transportation need to handle at least half of all journeys and that we need to work towards that level today if autonomous vehicles are going to work effectively in future.


Timothy Papandreou is the founder and CEO of Emerging Transport Advisors providing strategic guidance to companies, investors, startups and governments on the active, shared, electric, connected and automated transport transition.

As the former strategic partnerships manager at Google X and Waymo, he collaborated with teams to prepare the commercialization of the company to launch the world’s first fully self-driving ride hail service in Phoenix, while being fully immersed in automation technology and its implications for the broader society.

Timothy co-founded City Innovate, a smart city platform matching governments, companies, and startups to accelerate innovation through the STIR (startup in residence) program. As Chief Innovation Officer for San Francisco’s transportation agency, Timothy lead cross-functional teams to deliver high profile initiatives including;

  • the US Smart City Challenge pioneering the Shared, Electric, Connected and Automated vision raising over $200m in technology sector support;
  • the Strategic Work Plan which met its 50% sustainable mode share goal 3 years early;
  • launched major multimodal, shared mobility and mixed-use redevelopment public/private partnership projects; and
  • the Mayor’s Vision Zero traffic safety program.

Bike Education That Gets Kids Going - Sgt Brett Barnes


Brett will speak about the importance of creating smaller recreational cycling facilities to help effect real change in Australian cycling numbers.

“Hand a child a football and they are probably a footy player for life – Create a child cyclist and create a cyclist for life”

  • Most children can’t spell commute let alone want to do it.
  • Children want to have fun on a bike, lets allow that and create our new generation of cyclists.
  • Lets create highly skilled, cyclists that reach workforce age and see cycling as a genuine alternative for their transport because there is no fear. They are good on a bike and that helps them feel confident to ride wherever they want.


Brett has been in the NSW Police Force since 1992 and in his current role as State Coordinator/Sgt of the NSW Police Force Bicycle Training & Coordination Unit, he has been responsible for training up to 120 Officers every year for bicycle patrol duties. Due to the success and effectiveness of Policing on bikes, a significant increase in the numbers of officers being trained is now under consideration.

Parallel to his Policing career and something he has been doing for much longer is riding a bike! He raced BMX through the 80’s, rides road bikes and has also raced MTB in all disciplines, claiming numerous State and National Titles along the way.

His expertise and knowledge in all forms of the sport has also led to his work designing, building and advocating for dirt bike tracks and pump tracks – everything from backyard to Olympic facilities. As owner and lead designer of Dirtz since 2003, he has been attracting kids and adults alike to the tracks and facilities he has built across Australia, Japan, NZ and Thailand.

Following this passion persistently and without fanfare has probably now resulted in Brett designing and building more recreational cycling facilities than anyone else in the country.




Australian Bicycle Summit is proudly sponsored by: 

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