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November 11, 2020 44 min

Welcome to The Transportation Podcast by VERCOS!

In our 7th episode, hosts Amit Singh Baghel and Javed Ahsan welcome Ms Rachel Smith, Transport Planner, Demand Management & Behaviour Change expert and Creator of Cycling Super Highways. She has experience of advising councils and governments in various geographies including Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, Germany, Dubai, Singapore, and India.

She has authored 3 books namely 'Underspent', 'Ready for Redundancy' and 'Decongestion' and has been a speaker on many prestigious platforms including London’s House of Lords and has also been 2 times TedX Speaker. Visit Ms Rachel's LinkedIn profile at You may look up her Ted Talk on 'Can you dream a new Australian dream?' at and 'Who says building the impossible is impossible?' at  

Ms Rachel enlightened us on the following topics:

  • Poor life choices aka car ownership triggered by clever marketing.
  • 7 steps towards decongesting our cities.
  • What does it take to achieve behavioural change?
  • Why tactical urbanism is a crucial step in city planning?
  • What are cycling superhighways and why do we need it?
  • In addition to the above discussion, as a gift to the listeners of The Transportation Podcast by VERCOS, Ms Rachel has issued a free copy of her book JAM-PACKED containing chapters from her book 'Decongestion'. To claim your free copy of the book or to send your suggestions/queries, email us at with Podcast Q&A as the subject line. Let us know your viewpoint and we'll talk about it in our next episode. 

    The Transportation Podcast is created on a not-for-profit basis by VERCOS and a little help can go a long way to sustain this podcast and make it much more interesting and informative. We request our listeners to consider volunteering for the podcast on a part-time basis for research and analysis required to keep it free, technical, and rise above the rhetoric. You may express your willingness to volunteer by sending us an email at with the subject “Volunteer for Podcast”.

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    Till then, keep walking!


    Disclaimer: The views expressed on The Transportation Podcast by the guest/s are solely his/her/their own, and do not represent the opinion/s of Vercos or it's founders, directors, employees and its affiliates in any way.

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