Timothy Papandreou is on a mission. His job is to increase trips by bicycle in San Francisco from 4% to 10% by 2018. The first step in that process is already complete.
Australian-born Papandreou is the deputy director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA). The agency is an amalgamation of all the transport functions of government and is tasked with the implementation of the city’s ambitious transportation strategy.
It is this collaborative approach to the development and implementation of multi-modal (bicycle, walking, transit, car-sharing, parking and taxi) transportation plans that interests Pedal Power, one of the organisations responsible for bringing Papandreou to Canberra.
Pedal Power’s Executive Officer, John Armstrong, says we have a lot to learn from what is happening in San Francisco and he's hoping it will inspire real change in the ACT Government's approach to cycling infrastructure.
“San Francisco is already recognised as one of the United States' most 'European' cities. They've made a commitment to rapidly triple the number of trips by bicycle and have backed that up with sound planning and a coordinated and collaborative effort across government and advocacy groups. The growth of cycling in that city is well above the rates in Canberra so clearly we have a lot to learn,” said Armstrong.
Papandreou will visit Canberra 4-5 June after delivering a keynote presentation at the 2014 Velo-City Conference in Adelaide. While here he will meet with ACT government ministers and planners and take part in a free public forum.
Priority for places at the free public forum will be offered to Pedal Power members but members of the public are welcome to attend, numbers permitting.
Timothy Papandeou's Canberra visit has been arranged by Pedal Power ACT in association with the Planning Institute of Australia (ACT Division) and the Heart Foundation ACT and supported by the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate.