Are you ready for the future of mobility?

WestCycle’s Future of Mobility Seminar Series provides a platform for Western Australian academic researchers to share their latest findings related to active transport with an audience of practitioners from industry and government.

Get in touch if you would like to present your active transport research or sponsor a seminar.

Coming Up

Up next in the series we have presentations with topics including:

  • Building bike paths that support biodiversity
  • Planning for micromobility in WA
  • Fresh analysis of Perth cycling data
  • Gender and Transport
  • Local Healthy Streets projects

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Past Seminars

Group of people standing in front of a massive curved screen with a map of Perth on it.
26 July 2023 - Curtin HIVE

In early 2023, WestCycle worked with teams of students from the Curtin University School of Management and Marketing’s Consultancy Capstone Unit to explore what could be learned from layered analysis of publicly available cycling data.

One team’s efforts stood out, and we were excited to be able to share their findings and generate a conversation about the future uses of their work with transport practitioners.

Space and catering generously provided by Curtin University.

July 2023 - 167 St Georges Terrace

This seminar was generously supported by Hatch RobertsDay and Curtin University.

Negar Nili

PhD Candidate, School of Design and the Built Environment, Curtin University

Presentation: Smart active transportation infrastructure (SmATI) to achieve sustainable mobility

Negar Nili is an architect-urban designer, and worked in the field for 8 years before commencing her PhD. Her research investigates how technology can contribute to improving active mobility in Australian cities.

James Pearse

Hatch RobertsDay’s WA Transport Advisory Lead

Presentation: Embedding Micromobility into Greenfields Developments

James has worked in WA transport planning for nearly 10 years and led active transport projects including developing the 2050 cycling network for Perth & Peel at 3.5million (the precursor to the LTCN), working with Main Roads WA on improving outcomes for cyclists at signalised intersections, and leading the concept design for the (now under construction) Causeway Pedestrian and Cycling Bridge. Outside of work, James is a keen advocate for cycle-tourism, particularly in regional areas. James is a committee member and WA Representative for Rail Trails Australia.

Stephen Kovacs

PhD Candidate, School of Design and the Built Environment, Curtin University

Presentation: Can Shared Autonomous Vehicles (SAVs) transition cities beyond car-reliance?

Stephen is PhD student at Curtin University’s School of Design and the Built Environment with an educational background in Geography and Urban and Regional Planning. He has almost 20 years of town planning experience including several WA municipalities and has a long-standing interest and passion in making our cities more sustainable and resilient.

February 2023 - Stantec

This seminar was generously supported by Stantec.

Dr Courtney Babb

Senior Lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning at the School of Design and Built Environment, Curtin University

Presentation title: “Planning for Cycling in Local Government: the state of play in Australia and New Zealand”


Dr S Zaung Nau

Unit Coordinator (Project Management, Data Management, Consultancy Capstone) and Lecturer, School of Management and Marketing, Faculty of Business and Law, Curtin University

Presentation title: “Traffic flow patterns in Perth during 2015-2022 (before, during and after COVID)”

Tim Roach

Elected Director | Off Road

Tim has been in senior leadership and strategic development roles for more than twenty years. He is currently Director of Executive Education in the School of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University and is a past Assistant Commissioner and General Manager in the public service. He is an Accountant (FCPA) and sits on the Divisional Council of CPA Australia.

Tim has been involved in racing mountain bikes, BMX and triathlon for many years, both as a father of two children who race and as a past and current bike racer. Tim is the current over-50 State Champion in downhill mountain biking. He is also a very regular and enthusiastic transport cyclist; frequently seen in a suit and tie riding to meetings in the city on a mountain bike.

Denise Sullivan

Chair | Governance & Risk Committee

Denise Sullivan has a career spanning over twenty years in senior management and executive roles in the state public and not-for-profit health sectors.

In her usual role of Director Chronic Disease Prevention with the Western Australian Department of Health, she leads the development of state chronic disease and injury prevention policy and planning frameworks and contributes to the shaping of the national preventive health policy agenda.

Her professional interests cover many aspects of chronic disease and injury prevention encompassing health communications, health promotion and research, public policy on health and workforce planning and development.

She has a particular interest in furthering collaborations with other sectors with a mutual interest in promoting a more active and healthier WA community, and creating and sustaining environments that support this. Denise is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Leadership WA Signature Program, and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian College of Health Service Managers.

Denise is a recreational cyclist and recent convert to mountain biking (although trainer wheels still on!).