Adelaide Thinkers in Residence Public lecture with Fred Hansen

All On Board: Growing Vibrant Communities Through Transport

Tuesday 29 March 2011

The Hawke Centre logoAdelaide Town Hall, 128 King William Street, Adelaide

6.00pm for a 6.15pm start

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Adelaide Thinkers in Residence logoJointly presented by Adelaide Thinkers in Residence and The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre at UniSA

Fred Hansen is a world expert on transport. He believes that integrating transport planning and urban design is the key to ensuring vibrant communities.

Fred HansenWhat background does he bring to this perspective?  He chairs the American Public Transport Association's work on sustainability and has been at the forefront of transforming Portland, Oregon into one of the most attractive 'lifestyle' cities in the world.

Adelaide's lifestyle is often praised, but Australia-wide the hot infrastructure topic is urban transport.

Fred's study of our place is showing us how to achieve an even more liveable, sustainable and productive city. Do not miss his final report card, and his clear vision for South Australia's urban development into the future.


Fred HansenFred Hansen is renowned for his innovative approach to the provision of public transport and internationally recognised in the field of transport and integrated land use.

As General manger of TriMet for 11 years, the public transport provider for Portland, Fred pursued an ambitious and world-leading public transport strategy for the city transforming it into an international model of a sustainable and integrated system. Portland's transport system demonstrates the broad social, environmental, economic and health benefits of well planned public transport, integrated into the cityscape and the way that people work and live.

The Total Transit System instigated by Fred for TriMet makes the entire transit experience easier and more sustainable. It involves online trip planning, real time bus and train arrival times, accessible from mobile telephones or computers, bus shelters with solar lighting, better customer information, safer street crossings to transport stops and constructing an improved pedestrian network connecting, people, transport, work, leisure and home.

Believing that integrating transport planning and urban design is key to building viable, liveable cities, Fred Hansen speaks widely on these issues, serves on many advisory panels and boards and is presently chairing the American Public Transport Association’s work on sustainability.

Fred Hansen's experience in transport, urban renewal and environmental protection offers much in guiding Adelaide towards developing a dynamic, transport oriented, sustainable city.

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