A wide variety of speakers from New Zealand and overseas were invited to speak at the 2009 conference:

Keynote Speaker: Phillip Darnton (Cycling England)

  Phillip spent 30 years with Unilever plc and Reckitt & Colman in senior marketing, general management and global strategy roles. Between 2000 and 2003 he was the Managing Director and Chairman of cycle manufacturers Raleigh Bikes UK.

Phillip joined the National Cycling Strategy Board (NCSB) in 2001, which advised the Minister for Transport on policies and actions to increase trips by bike in the UK. In June 2004 he was appointed Chairman of the NCSB. Since 2005 he has chaired NCSB's successor Cycling England, a non-departmental public body funded by the Department for Transport. He is also Deputy President of the Bicycle Association of Great Britain, the lead body for the UK bicycle industry.

Listen to Phillip Darnton's interview on Radio NZ from 24 October 2009 (8 minutes).

Keynote Speaker: Assoc. Prof. Chris Rissel (University of Sydney)

Chris has worked in health promotion since 1985 as a Health Education Officer, Research/Evaluation Coordinator, and an academic. He has a BSc(Hons) in Psychology from UNSW, a Master of Public Health from Sydney University, and a PhD in Epidemiology (with a focus on community health promotion) from the University of Minnesota (USA). He is currently Director of the Health Promotion Service (Sydney South West Area), Clinical Associate Professor in Public Health at the University of Sydney, President of the NSW Branch of the Australian Health Promotion Assn, and has just stepped down after six years as Editor-in-Chief of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia.

His current research interests focus on obesity prevention and active transport, cycling advocacy, and tobacco control. He has a strong record of published research in the area of active travel, and is one of the authors of the recently launched national report 'Cycling: Getting Australia Moving - Barriers, facilitators and interventions to get more Australians physically active through cycling'. He currently has a three-year grant to promote increased use of cyclepaths in south-west Sydney – 'Cycling Connecting Communities'.


Other notable speakers include:

  • Ministry of Tourism National Cycleway representative (Ray Salter, general manager)
  • NZ Transport Agency officials
  • Fiona McColl (Australian Bicycle Council)
  • Doug Woodbury & Alton Twine (Queensland Dept of Transport & Main Roads)
  • Peter Thompson (Roads ACT, Australia)
  • Jim Krynen (Public Transport Authority Western Australia)