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17 – 19 October 2012
MCG, Melbourne

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2012 Program Highlights:

Keynote Speaker: Johan Diepens
Johan Diepens
2012 keynote speaker, Johan is the Founder and Executive Director of Mobycon. As a leader and/or counsellor of projects he has a broad experience in a range of topics. A strategist and trendwatcher, Johan wants his company to play a role in the development of smart solutions and cooperation in mobility.

Keynote Speaker: Koen van Waes

Koen van Waes has been a traffic planner for the city of ’s-Hertogenbosch for 5 years. Before that he worked as a traffic planner for the region of Eindhoven and a consultancy agency.

Keynote Speaker: Prof Ross Garnaut
Ross Garnaut






One of our keynote speakers this year is Ross Garnaut, AO, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow and a Professorial Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne as well as a Distinguished Professor of the Australian National University.

Read more about the speakers here

Click here to view some photos from the Bike Futures Conference 2012.

With the Bike Futures Conference growing in leaps and bounds each year, Bicycle Network is pleased to announce that in 2012 the Conference will be held on 17 – 19 October at the MCG, Melbourne. 

Welcome to the Bike Futures 2012 Conference.

Participation is the new magic word in bike riding. Participation is obviously the vital measure of how bike riding is progressing on its journey into the mainstream of Australian society. The concept also has a wider significance that relates directly to our motivation to gather at the  Bike Futures Conference 2012 and dream of a better world for the bike riding community.

In March last year Australia conducted the first of what will be a regular cycling participation survey. The results were highly encouraging and there is no doubt bike riding now has huge momentum. It is no longer fringe activity. It is totally mainstream and permeates all levels of Australian society.

We know that many more are keen to become regular riders, and will do so if attractive facilities are provided. Too many barriers to higher participation remain. Moving faster to tear down these barriers is the challenge ahead of us now.

This is our fourth annual Bike Futures Conference. It goes from strength to strength and has become the guiding light for Australia’s community of bike thinkers and doers.

This year delegates will learn how to use locally based initiatives to tackle the impediments to cycling growth. Our focus on practical achievement and feet-on-the-ground perspective makes the Bike Futures Conference uniquely valuable to practitioners.

You will leave with practical ideas you can implement straightaway that will make your work easier and more effective. Because the Conference attracts delegates and speakers from a variety of places, with a range of experiences, and with tales of battles won and lost, there is something valuable for every delegate to take back home.

And we can’t forget that participants get a unique once a year opportunity to network with colleagues and compare and contrast geographies, policies and politics. There is nothing so empowering as realising that we in this field are part of a strong and growing movement.

We are tremendously proud of the list of speakers we are attracting this year. And your presence will be equally important as on-the-ground experience is alloyed with the latest research and innovative thinking.

I must also alert you to the enthusiastic support of our sponsors and exhibitors, who share our confidence in building the momentum for change. They will be worthy partners for us as we meet the challenge of building cycling participation to even greater levels.

Harry Barber
Conference Chair, Bicycle Network