Urban Planning

Brisbane Powerhouse

Brisbane Powerhouse

  I attended the 2high Festival at the Brisbane Powerhouse over the weekend. The festival merges music, performance art, photography, and other media. Arundel, a friend of my housemates, gave a stellar performance that matched the edgy surroundings of the “Graffiti Room.”…

New Bike-share Programs

New Bike-share Programs

Bike-share programs are on the rise. Located in only a handful of European cities five years ago, bike-share stations are now a recognizable feature in many urban landscapes. Spurred by the success of bike-sharing in Paris, London, and Washington, D.C.,…

Albany Creek Rotary

Albany Creek Rotary

            The Albany Creek Rotary welcomed me to speak at their club. My speech on bikeshare tends to generate a lively Q&A session, which is my favorite part of the presentations. During that time, I…

West End Block Party

West End Block Party

Waiting for the rocks to dry after Friday’s storm, some friends and I spent Saturday at the West End Block Party. Boundary St. closed, and a spectrum of Brisbane culture enjoyed a hot afternoon and evening.        …

Capital Bikeshare Ridership

Capital Bikeshare Ridership

In July I reported on my research project, which includes an analysis of CityCycle, Brisbane’s bikeshare program. My  contract with Brisbane City Council does not allow me to share my findings derived from their data, but I will share some of the…

New Business Cards

New Business Cards

  The Rotarians and others I’ve met seem interested in both my professional and personal interests. I wanted my card to share a little of both. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @michaelahillen  

The Ekka

The Ekka

My Rotary host counselor Allan Male invited me to the Ekka, Queensland’s 137-year- old agricultural show. I was among the 70,000 who spent the national holiday enjoying the rides, games, horse shows, and strawberry sundaes. The festival introduced me to…

Transportation & Obesity

Transportation & Obesity

At my speech to the South Brisbane Rotaract Club tonight, I discussed the transportation-obesity link. This is the United States I have grown up in. Some scholars predict Generation Y to be the first generation in American history to have a shorter…

Cycle2city Tour

Cycle2city Tour

          Brisbane’s cycle2city facility encourages bicycle commuting by providing secure bike storage, showers, lockers, repair stations, and laundry service. Open since 2008, the facility has half of its 420 spaces filled during the peak months. End of…

What I’m Researching

What I’m Researching

Brisbane City Council aims to have one in five trips taken by bike or on foot by 2030. To help achieve this goal, they initiated CityCycle, a bicycle share program, in October 2010. Bike share programs allow users to rent…