The Dollars & Sense of Building for Bikes

Interested in the cities of the future? Bicycles bring innovation, flair and profit to urban developments. The notion that cycling is a cost burden is antiquated, there is ample research of the value created encouraging people to use bikes for transport. Creating spaces that work for bikes and development has many pay-offs and this evening will showcase global and local examples of how bicycle-oriented development can create the kinds of places people want to move to and that developers want to build.


  • Dr Steven Fleming is an architect, academic, and writer with a PhD in philosophy and architecture. He leads a unique design studio looking at creative architectural responses to cycling and has lectured in UK, Netherlands and the US on the concept of “cycle-space”.
  • Emlyn Keane, Head of Property Management and Sustainable Performance at AMP Capital Investors will outline what they are doing to promote cycle-friendly development as a major owner of commercial CBD office buildings. Emlyn will showcase some new facilities and the economic drivers behind their creation.
  • Silvija Smits, Specialist Planner, NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure. As a project manager on the NSW Urban Activation Precincts, Silvija will give a status update on the current precincts, and explain what is happening to rebalance all the transport modes at these locations. A former Principal of Planning at Hassell and cyclist, she provides perspective from both sides of the cycle path.

Michael File, Director, Strategic Assessment, NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure. Michael is responsible for the management and overall direction of the UAP program. Michael is also a cyclist.

For architects, planners, property professionals and anyone interested in the role cycling can play in making better places.


Free but registration essential:  // There will also be a free issue of Treadlie Magazine for attendees. Part of the fabulous Sydney Rides Festival