Bicycle Tourism Conference: Mobility and Adventure through Walking and Cycling

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Conference Presentations:

Stephen Kaye, Rail Trails Australia – Steven Kaye – Rail Trails Connecting Communities

Peter Skilbeck, La Larr Ba Gauwa Mountain Bike Park Management Committee – When all the Stars Align

Sarah Court, Dept of Transportation, WA – Strategic Cycle Planning in WA 

Anthony Burton, Anthony Burton & Associates – Mountain Biking: Who’s your target market? It’s probably different to who you think it is

Noel Dempsey, Visit Ballarat – Noel Dempsey Presentation Cycling

Bradd Worrell, Bendigo Regional Tourism – Cycling the Bendigo Region

Craig Grocke and Jo Thomas, Regional Development Australia and Barossa Council – Craig Grocke Measuring Success – Bendigo Cycle Tourism Conference Oct 2018

Sean Sexton, Anthony Burton & Associates – Never Moon a Werewolf: Travails on the path to cycle tourism nirvana

David Leatham, Mt Alexander Shire Council – Goldfields Track – Bendigo Cycle Tourism Conference

Dagmar Geiger, World Bicycle Relief – Changing lives through the power of bicycles

Charles Black, CycleLifeHQ – Charles Black 20181026 Bendigo Bike Tourism Workshop


Anna Gurnhill, CycleLifeHQ – Bicycle Friendly Community Presentation


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Together with Bike Bendigo and the  City of Greater Bendigo, we are very pleased to welcome keynote speakers, Chris and Melissa Bruntlett from Modacity who will be opening both the Bicycle Tourism and the Australian Walking and Cycling conferences in Bendigo this October.

Melissa and Chris Bruntlett, Modacity, Keynote speakers




WHEN: Friday 26 October – Tuesday 30 October

WHERE: Tennis Centre, Nolan Street, Bendigo, Victoria



REGISTER: Registrations now open 

20181016 SPEAKER ABSTRACTS and BIOS – bicycle tourism

5% of all registration fees will be donated to the World Bicycle Relief, helping mobilise and change lives through the power of bicycles.

All conference delegates also receive FREE entry to the Bendigo Cycling Classic 10km fun ride on Sunday 28 October. There will be a limited number of bikes available for hire. However, we recommend that delegates bring bikes with them wherever possible.


The program will commence with a Bicycle Tourism Conference, to be held Friday 26 October, with its central theme: ‘Bicycle Tourism: Transforming Global Communities and Economies’. Following this, CycleLifeHQ will facilitate a half-day interactive professional workshop for all local government authorities, community organisations and businesses wanting to establish, expand and optimise their bicycle tourism potential. The workshop will provide a practical approach and the tools necessary to enable destinations to attract more cycle tourists, staying longer and spending more.

After a weekend interlude featuring a Mountain Bike Trails Workshop (details below), Bike Palooza Bendigo community rides, events, activities, as well as the Bendigo Cycle Classic, attention on the Monday and Tuesday will turn to comprise this year’s Australian Walking and Cycling Conference. The simple acts of walking and cycling have the potential to transform the places we live, our economies and how we engage with our environment. The conference explores the potential for walking and cycling to not only provide for transport and recreation but solutions to the challenges of liveability, health, community building, economic development and sustainability.

Fri 26 Oct Sat 27 Oct Sun 28 Oct Mon 29 Oct Tues 30 Oct
am Bicycle Tourism conference Bike palooza activities Bendigo Cycling Classic Australian Walking & Cycling conference Australian Walking & Cycling conference
Guided ride of new mtb trails in and around Bendigo

Bendigo MTB Club Trails Workshop

pm CycleLifeHQ Bicycle Tourism workshop
Street Challenge
EVENING Filmed by Bike (film festival)



Fri 26 Oct
Bicycle Tourism: Transforming Global Communities and Economies
Time Name Title Organisation
8:00 Registration, tea and coffee 0:20
8:20 Charles Black Welcome, including acknowledgement of Country CycleLifeHQ 0:10
8:30 Chris and Melissa Bruntlett Keynote Modacity 0:20
8:50 Stephen Kaye What’s new about Rail Trails in Australia – a national update Rail Trails Australia 0:20
9:10 Peter Skilbeck When all the stars align La Larr Ba Gauwa Mountain Bike Park
Management Committee
9:30 Sarah Court Strategic action plans, funding and regional coordination to improve cycle tourism in WA Department of Transportation, WA 0:20
9:50 Anthony Burton Mountain Biking – Who’s your target market? It’s probably different to who you think it is Anthony Burton and Associates 0:20
10:10 Charles Black Q and A CycleLifeHQ 0:20
10:30 Morning tea 0:20
10:50 Noel Dempsey Ballarat – riding the wave of success into the future Visit Ballarat 0:20
11:10 Bradd Worrell Cycling the Bendigo Region Bendigo Regional Tourism 0:20
11:30 Craig Grocke and Jo Thomas Measuring Success – A case study of the Barossa wine region in South Australia Regional Development Australia and
Barossa Council
11:50 Sean Sexton Never Moon a Werewolf: Travails on the path to cycle tourism nirvana. Anthony Burton and Associates 0:20
12:10 David Leatham Goldfields Track – Lose yourself without getting lost Mt Alexander Shire Council 0:20
12:30 Anna Gurnhill Q and A CycleLifeHQ 0:20
12:50 Lunch 0:40
13:30 Dagmar Geiger Changing lives through the power of bicycles World Bicycle Relief 0:20
13:50 Charles Black WORKSHOP Bicycle Tourism –
the path to business and destination success
CycleLifeHQ 1:10
15:00 Afternoon tea 0:30
15:30 Charles Black WORKSHOP Bicycle Tourism –
the path to business and destination success
CycleLifeHQ 1:10
16:40 Charles Black Close, thank you, weekend activities CycleLifeHQ 0:20


Head across to Bendigo this October and join us for what will be an incredibly enjoyable, inspiring and engaging 5 days immersed in all things bicycle tourism and active urban mobility – Making the world a better place through improved health, economic, environmental and community outcomes.

We expect to attract representatives from all levels of Government, industry, not-for-profit and academia. This will be a great knowledge-sharing, learning and networking opportunity for anyone working in the bicycle and active mobility sectors.

For any queries, please contact: or

We continue to welcome expressions of interest from those wishing to sponsor or exhibit at the event.



Saturday 27 October 9:00am – 1:00pm

Hosted by: Bendigo Mountain Bike CLub

Location: Spring Gully MTB Trailhead, Muldoon Reserve, Wattle Street, Spring Gully

Led by Nick Bowman, Director of Destination Trails Pty Ltd  @destination.trails

RSVP to Anna@CycleLifeHQ or by Tues 23 October

This workshop will be of particular interest and assistance to: parks and reserve managers (e.g., local councils and state government departments), trail managers, trail users, clubs and associations that use trails, owners of land through which trails pass.

Numbers are capped at 20-25 so get in quick.

Full details about you can expect to learn during the session are included in the comments below.

The workshop will provide the following content and practical examples:

1) Introduction to the application of sustainable design criteria for the site

2) Demonstration of trail flagging on ground with pine flags and clinometer – best practice

3) Corridor considerations

4) Adding features to the corridor

5) Construction and and consideration of issues, water shedding and grades

6) Final shaping and quality control

7) Question and Answer session with refreshments.

Participants are encouraged to familiarise with IMBA’s trail development guidelines/trail construction theory –





Bendigo Bike Hire

Moronis Bikes Bendigo

Bendigo Cycles

Bicycle Centre Bendigo

Goldfields Bike Tours

Bike Bendigo

Bendigo Mountain Bike Club


Ride experiences 

Rail Trails Australia – O’Keefe Trail


MEDIA RELEASE: 201807  CycleLifeHQ, together with Bike Bendigo and the City of Greater Bendigo, welcome Chris and Melissa Bruntlett, of Modacity, to Bendigo this October

MEDIA RELEASE: 20180322 Media Release – Call for Abstracts Bicycle Tourism and active travel conference in Bendigo October 2018