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Seminar: The Electrification of Australia’s Land Transport: How to get Moving by Dr Michael Kane

Wednesday October 25th 2017, Time: 12 pm – 1 pm
Synopsis
Dr Michael Kane will present the current efforts in Queensland to electrify land transport. His will also take us through some of his thoughts on whether the goal of 100% renewable land transport is feasible. He will discuss potential policies and practices that might make this possible.

Reflecting on this what will be interesting is that the intensification of road transport will also occur with electric AVs but not sufficiently to impact on peak major trunk PT. Lesser traditional PT and local private car trips will likely be replaced by a hybrid version of Uber/taxis/on demand transport. Private AV car use will have to be subject to road pricing or the road network will grind to a halt. What is also challenging from another perspective is that late night PT trunk is likely to unviable outside very large cities and slow and inefficient rail/light rail will also come into question as to why they shouldn’t be converted to ‘shared’ AV only highways (existing rail lines in Perth are all good performers). It will be a much more competitive environment in many ways, and everyone’s mode loyalties are going to be challenged. Trunk PT will also have to drop in price to remain competitive which should be possible with the dropping of subsidised non-trunk services.

With the recent pricing on hydrogen fuel cells (coming from 100% renewables) for buses and trucks is it realistic to assume to assume that all land transport is capable of transitioning technology wise for no additional vehicle costs from some point in the next decade? While there may be some infrastructure and industry changeover costs, the real challenge will be changing people’s mind-sets.

About the Presenter

Dr Michael Kane is the Director of Innovation and Economic Strategies at Economic Development Queensland. Dr Kane’s role is to support EDQ’s innovative planning and development initiatives relating to regional development, sustainable energy/water, housing, knowledge economy and transport. Michael has worked with EDQ (and Urban Land Development Authority) since 2009 in sustainability, innovation and strategy advisory roles. Before this he was an adviser for the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure in Western Australia on land development, transport and strategic planning. He has a PhD from Curtin University with his thesis relating to knowledge economy, urban and transport planning.

Event Details
Event: CUSP Seminar: The Electrification of Australia’s
Land Transport: How to get Moving by Dr. Michael Kane.
Date: Wednesday October 25th 2017
Time: 12 pm – 1 pm
Location: [Norman Dufty Lecture Theatre – Bldg 210, Rm 102]
Curtin University
Kent Street, Bentley
RSVP: Please RSVP your attendance by [Tues – 26/10/2017].
Early responses are appreciated.

Event registration
christine.finlay@curtin.edu.au
Please Contact Christine Finlay by [26/10/2017] to register you interest in attending this event.

Peter Newman’s new book launched

Peter Newman’s new book is here (Tim Beatley and Heather Boyer, co-authors): Resilient Cities, Second Edition: Overcoming Fossil Fuel Dependence (ISBN: 9781610916851/US$35.00). It shows how we are going in cities around the world in getting rid of fossil fuels and what more we can do. See https://islandpress.org/book/resilient-cities-second-edition

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Swapping car seats for electric bike saddles in WA

ABC News, 1 September 2016
The wheels are turning on a cycling revolution across Australia. Electric bicycles, known as e-bikes, have surged in popularity as an increasing number of people ditch driving for pedal power with an electric battery boost.
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Chinese Developers control Canning?

Canning Accountability, 21 May 2017
When WA Business News announced* in 2015 that a Chinese developer had won a big infill job in Canning, no-one imagined the developer, Sunlong Corporation, would go on to win BIG TIME. In a Council area almost entirely built out but with a huge infill quota to meet, a crucial 25h site became available courtesy of the Housing Authority. Known as the Bentley Regeneration project, at 8kms from the CBD it is remarkably valuable and should have been not only the making of Canning but the key project to prove “density can work” as Perth heads towards a population of 3.5m at 2050.
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WA election: Cyclists to be protected by one-metre overtaking law under Labor promise

ABC News, 10 February 2017
Drivers will be required to leave a gap of at least one metre when overtaking cyclists under rules to be trialled if WA Labor wins the March State election.
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Roe 8 fails the tests of responsible 21st-century infrastructure planning

The Conversation, 16 February 2017
The Beeliar Group of professors formed recently to oppose the building of a new highway, called Roe 8, through an important wetland and woodland regional park in Perth’s southern suburbs. They have joined a very active campaign, adding substance to the passion of community activists.
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‘Significant number’ of non-compliant Uber drivers to be fined

WA Today, 1 February 2017
Uber drivers operating without the correct third party insurance or licence could be financially ruined if their vehicle is in an accident and causes injury, the Department of Transport has warned. Radio 6PR has revealed the riding sharing company has not insisted all its drivers obtain the omnibus licence or commercial vehicle third party insurance which the state government introduced as law in July – prompting fears many are driving illegally, without realising.
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‘People Cities and Low Carbon Living conference’ with Jan Gehl -February 13th 2017

Conference at Curtin University includes the launch of the new book People Cities: The Life and Legacy of Jan Gehl(by Annie Matan and Peter Newman, Island Press, Washington DC) which highlights Perth’s shift towards a people city. Officially launched by the Ambassador to Demark, Mr Tom Nørring.

Keynote speaker renowned Danish urban designer Jan Gehl will present “People Cities for the 21st Century”
Key sponsors: CUSP, CRC Low Carbon Living, Climate KIC (WA), Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, Land Corp and City of Perth.

Annie Matan will summarise Gehl’s life in urban design before Jan will speak about ‘People Cities for the 21st Century’. Peter Newman and his research team from CUSP will then outline some key findings from their work with the CRC in Low Carbon Living about how the people-oriented approach can lead to low carbon housing, precincts, transport and cities. Speakers will include: Jemma Green, Josh Byrne, Charlie Hargroves, Vanessa Rauland and Greg Morrison.

After lunch there will be a workshop with Professor Holger Walbaum from Climate KIC Europe, Professor of Sustainable Building from Chalmers University, on how low carbon innovations are being created through partnerships between researchers, government and the private sector in Europe and how Australia can forge their own contribution to world-changing innovations.

The Conference and Workshop are free but an RSVP is needed.
RSVP Christine.finlay@curtin.edu.au

Safe Active Streets National Workshop- Perth- 23-24 March 2017

With many states now exploring low speed safe active streets and bike boulevards, knowledge sharing is essential for moving forward. This two-day workshop has been planned to enable discussion about what has been achieved, what is planned, issues and the future.

Day one consists of the learnings from the Perth Safe Active Streets projects over the past 18 months. The safe active streets will be complete by the time of the workshop and there are many lessons and achievements to share. Attendees will then be able to experience the three projects on site by bus or by bike. The day will be capped off with an evening session with prominent Dutch blogger Mark Wagenbuur.

Day two takes on a national approach with presentations on activities and actions in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, followed by an interactive panel session about breaking down the barriers. The final session will consist of a presentation by Mark Wagenbuur and a panel session to gain ideas for pursuing the future.
Date and Time
Thu., 23/03/2017, 8:00 am – to Fri., 24/03/2017, 3:00 pm
Location
Perth Town Hall, Hay St, Perth, WA 6000

The workshop is an opportunity not to be missed and there is no fee to attend.
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/safe-active-streets-national-workshop-registration-30286968137

Cyclists falling victim to an undetected danger with their bikes

The West Australian, 7 January 2017
It was a clear October morning when Greg Prosser joined his weekly group ride, with a strong easterly blowing and a cloudless sky. The Friday ride had almost become a ritual for the Perth schoolteacher — a keen cyclist for the past 25 years. About 45 minutes in, the riders stopped at traffic lights on Nicholson Road in Ferndale. Mr Prosser, 47, had just put in a hard effort and was relieved at the chance to catch his breath. He recalls very little beyond this point because as he took off from the lights, his bicycle crumbled underneath him sending him nose-diving into the kerb.

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