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The evolution of the Australian walking professional?

Interviewed in London in August, in the midst of an extensive study tour of European cities, Bill Chandler, founder and convenor of Australian Urban Design Forum, talks about the evolution of Australia's walking professionals, in the latest episode of Talking Walking.

Australia is one of the most urbanised countries in the world.  In essence it is probably the most suburbanised, with almost universal use of the motor car and with the majority of Australians car dependent.  How do you overcome this mindset when individuals enter the urban core?  How do you get the car driver off his backside and onto his feet?  Bill's been a marketeer and  urban designer for more than twenty years, but he admits that the dawning of the importance of designing first for the micro (pedestrain) rather than first for the macro (car) began only in the late 1990s.

In this Talking Walking interview, he brings us his view of how so much has been achieved in creating more walkable environments in the last ten years.

Listen to Bill Chandler Talking Walking -

Date added: 29 November 2008

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