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Megan joined ViaStrada in September 2007 after completing her BE and MET (Masters of Engineering in Transportation) at the University of Canterbury. Her Masters thesis was a GIS (Geographical Information Systems) study on the effect of road bendiness on traffic crash occurrence in New Zealand. She has particular interests in road safety and sustainable transport.
Megan has published and presented several research and technical papers. In 2008 she won the Best Young Author award at the IPENZ Transportation Group Conference for her paper on her investigations into staged pedestrian crossings.
Megan's experience and key capabilites include:
- transport strategy and plan developement - including many walking and cycling stragtegies
- safety research and assessment - especially regarding GIS analysis of safety hazards and provisions for pedestrians and cyclists
- design and assessment of traffic systems - such as traffic signal designs and equipment used for continuous cycle counting programmes
- consultation with stakeholder and community groups
- traffic engineering design - scheme design for various corridors and intersections
Megan worked as traffic engineer at ViaStrada until March 2010, when she left to take up new opportunities in France; she rejoined ViaStrada in July 2014. Megan has gained an ILR Level 3 (professional working proficiency) in French and can thus draw on French research in literature reviews.
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- megan at viastrada dot nz
- Effect of Road Bendiness on Traffic Crashes
- Continuous Cycle Counting in New Zealand
- The Effects of the Pages Road Cycle Lane on Cyclist Safety and Traffic Flow Operations
- Transport Network Optimisation Think-Piece
- Walking and Cycling Strategy Stocktake
- Signalised Roundabout Design for Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety
- Staged Pedestrian Crossings
- Staged Pedestrian Crosswalks at Signalised Cross Intersections
- Right Turn Protection: Christchurch Policy Development
- Staged Pedestrian Crossings
- The Effects of the Pages Road Cycle Lane on Traffic Flow Operations and Cyclist Safety
- Estimating Demand for Selwyn's Cycleways
- Cycling Network Guidance - Planning and Design
IPENZ study tour blog
Submitted by megan on 29 September, 2016 - 20:26Read more...
The adventure begins in Seattle (after a somewhat sleepless flight) with the NACTO (National Association of City Transport Officials) Designing Cities conference. With over 800 participants, I was expecting everything to be super-sized in comparison to IPENZ Transportation Group conference... I wasn't disappointed on that front, but was also pleasantly surprised with a gentle kick-off. Before the opening plenary I attended a workshop on the new Global Street Design Guide, led by Skye Duncan (a kiwi currently on loan to New York) with three case study presenters - including Kerry Gallagher from Sydney and Ludo Campbell-Reid from Auckland. Plus, the design exercises were scaled in metric units. Although I did manage to draw a couple of bikes on the wrong (i.e. not right) side of the road.
I've had a few geeky engineer fan moments - like being "this close" to Jeanette Sadik-Kahn, actually meeting Roger Geller and happening to sit next to a certain Luciano Rabito, who it turns out managed the new MassDoT guide, which I'd wanted to find out more about and later heard Roger Geller acclaiming it as the best manual for planning and designing separated bike facilities. It's actually pretty exciting putting faces and stories to the names of the people whose reports and manuals I've been studying on the other side of the world.
I tailored my workshop, walkshop and break-out session choices to suit my study focus of mitigating conflict between motor vehicles and people on bikes at signalised intersections with protected bike lanes. Super-size and left/right confusions aside, my general feeling so far is that the challenges faced in North America are very similar to what we're grappling with in New Zealand. There's definitely no silver-bullet for this one - having seen many examples and heard it from others, I'm even more convinced about the necessity for site-specific treatments - but there are a lot of useful tips to be learned (often from those who've made the mistakes already).
Some more general takeaways (the healthy kind) I'd like to share at this point came from a "goldfish bowl" session (i.e. the panel was in a circle surrounded by attendees) entitled "Engineers: Your City's Problem Solvers". The panel was asked "what advice would you give yourself as a young engineer?". Here's my summary of their responses:
- Don't design in a bubble. Know why you're doing what the book tells you to do. Talk to the people who live in the location you're designing for.
- Empathise. Understand what people (end-users, clients and colleagues) really want. Work on networking and inter-personal skills to empathise with the people you work with.
- Go the extra mile to make sure your proposal is water-tight under all scrutiny.
- Get internal support within your agency. Get your "great" ideas properly vetted. Make sure you have the support of your supervisor before you take your project to the client / public / elected officials.
- Know the rules... so you know how and when to break them later on.
- Get involved. Join that committee. Submit comments on documents / proposals.
Some very pertinent advice for me as I continue on this tour.