Active Transportation

Brian Patterson to speak at the Australian Walking and Cycling Conference and the University of Melbourne

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Urban’s Active Transportation Lead is heading Down Under. Brian Patterson will be speaking at two different events as he travels to the “Land of Oz”. His first stop will be at the Australian Walking and Cycling Conference in Bendigo Victoria, which is approximately 150 kilometres northwest of Melbourne. The conference will be delivered in partnership with Bike Bendigo. Brian will be giving his presentation titled, ‘How Canada has led the North American bicycle boom with rapid implementation of connected and protected bicycle networks’ in Bendigo on October 30. Later in the week on November 1, Brian will be visiting the University of Melbourne, Transport, Health and Urban Design Research Hub to take part in a panel discussion titled, ‘More Cycling, Safer Cycling?”
Learn more about each event below.

How Canada has led the North American bicycle boom with rapid implementation of connected and protected bicycle networks.

When: Tuesday October 30, 11:00 AM
Where: Bendigo Tennis Centre, 21-26 Nolan St, Bendigo

Canada is experiencing a bicycle boom right now, particularly in many of our major western cities such as Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver. Western Canadian cities have pioneered a rapid implementation approach to minimum grid AAA (All Ages and Abilities) infrastructure using low cost, adjustable measures and have seen dramatic results in terms of overnight increases in bicycle use, greater diversity of people cycling, and improved road safety. I am hoping to share some of these lessons in Bendigo and Melbourne.

City Cycling Seminar – More Cycling, Safer Cycling?

When: November 1st, 10 AM-12 PM
Where: Baldwin Spencer Building, The University of Melbourne
Brian Patterson, MCIP, RPP – Active Transportation Lead and Partner – Urban Systems
Chris Morrison – Assistant Professor, Columbia University
Mark Stevenson – Professor, University of Melbourne

Panel Discussion Synopsis
There is burgeoning interest in the encouragement of increased bicycle use in Australian and international cities to alleviate issues of chronic disease, congestion, and pollution. However, this enthusiasm is tempered by real and perceived injury risks for cyclists who must share space with motor vehicles, pedestrians and other travellers.

Come along to hear 3 leading cycling researchers speak about their local and international work identifying strategies for how highly motorised cities like Melbourne can successfully transition to active transport futures through investment in both cycling infrastructure and behavioural change strategies.

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More About Brian

Brian Patterson – Active Transportation Lead
Brian is a senior transportation planner based in Vancouver, Canada. Brian specializes in active transportation planning and design and works with Urban Systems, one of Canada’s leading interdisciplinary consulting firms. Brian is a nationally-recognized expert on active transportation and has worked across all corners Canada on over 70 active transportation planning and design projects, including projects in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg. Brian is also leading the development of Canada’s first ever National Active Transportation Report Card, which is being developed to understand the current state of active transportation across Canada and share lessons learned.

Brian is a leading expert on designing bicycle facilities, and is currently leading the development of a comprehensive provincial bicycle facilities design guide for the province of Alberta. Brian also teaches a course on bicycle facility design across the country, and has trained over 400 professionals. Brian is also an instructor with Simon Fraser University, where he teaches courses on bicycle and pedestrian planning and design through their Next Generation Transportation Certificate Program.

Brian regularly speaks at conferences and events around North America as well as in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, and Australia.

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