Harry Barber,
Words (transport policy and strategy)
 

From my home on the ANU campus - in the late 70s and early 80s - to lectures and the student radio station, it was more than a kilometre. I was overcome by distance. So I got myself a push bike. It was the time of the Arab oil embargo. The Netherlands became pro-bicycle and a quirky book by Richard Ballantine explained how to disassemble a three-speed hub. That advice was not great but the book showed me that riding a bike was normal.

After teaching and a stint at Environment Victoria I moved to the forerunner of Bicycle Victoria and from 1995 to 2013 was the first chief executive officer. We started to get Melbourne moving differently. I now specialise in policies, strategies and projects to help society move sustainably.

With an expanding population the challenge of bikes and movement today is even more pressing. How do we fit more people into the same space? And how do we change the way we move.  For me moving sustainably is the secret to our health and survival. So for a less polluting world that car shares, rides and walks see me for strategies to achieve that and more.

 

Vision   “Where there is no vision, the people perish  . . . "  Proverbs 29:18