Bill Gehling: "Walking and MTB Trails - some principles for cooperation".

There is often tension when walking trails are opened to MTB users. Are these fears realized? What can be done to mitigate them?


Bill's interest and involvement in walking and cycling goes back to his teenage years, growing up on the edge of the outback in SA, with the Flinders Ranges as his backyard.

Bill is currently President of the Walking Federation of SA, and Vice President and Policy Coordinator for Bushwalking Australia. He is also a Life Member of the Bicycle Institute of SA. Bill had a leading role in the founding of all these organisations. It is principally in his policy development role with Bushwalking Australia that he is attending this conference and presenting today.

In his professional life in the SA Public Service Bill was involved with the information technology revolution and in industry policy in Agriculture and primary industries. Since leaving the Public Service some 8 years ago, Bill has devoted himself to making the world a better and more sustainable place by rediscovering the world at our feet. He has studied walking, cycling and active transport policy around the world, spurred on by a year living and working in New York City, with his wife Kerry in 2005.

Bill and Kerry have 2 children, a son-in-law and now a granddaughter. Though they have all escaped Adelaide and now live in Melbourne, they all have Bill's passion for cycling. In baby Katrina's case it's in a Dutch Cargo Bike often seen around Coburg.

Bill's mixed passions for walking and cycling usually result in him turning up for meetings in Adelaide on a somewhat battered mountain bike to represent the walkers, while the cycling representatives seem to always come by car!

Bill's talk today is on the subject "Walking and MTB Trails - Some Principles for Cooperation"