ViaStrada staff are members of a variety of organisations, and in many cases are actively involved. We feel it is important that we put something back into the community at large, particularly in areas where we have specialist knowledge.
IPENZ is the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand. Axel, Glen and Megan are all members of IPENZ.
IPENZ Transportation Group
The IPENZ Transportation Group is the major professional group for traffic engineers and transportation planners, with over 1000 members nationwide. Most ViaStrada staff are members, and have presented many papers and remits over many years to the annual IPENZ Transportation Conference, winning awards for some of these. Axel Wilke has previously been a member of the local branch committee and the national committee (2003 to 2006). Glen Koorey was previously webmaster for the group and has also been Conference Technical Paper Convenor for many recent conferences.
Urban Design Protocol
The Urban Design Protocol is a voluntary commitment to specific urban design initiatives by signatory organisations which include central and local government, the property sector, design professionals, professional institutes and other groups. The protocol aims to make New Zealand's towns and cities more successful by using quality urban design.
ViaStrada became a signatory of the Urban Design Protocoal on 21 June 2010, a month after becoming incorporated as a company.
Cycling Action Network (CAN)
CAN (formerly the Cycling Advocates' Network) is New Zealand's national network of cycling advocates, working with government and local authorities on behalf of cyclists for a better cycling environment.
Axel and Glen were members of the executive from 2000 to 2009, and co-chairs in 2008/09. They are also involved with Spokes Canterbury, the local cycling advocacy group in Christchurch. One of their main roles is to educate cycling advocates about the technical challenges and opportunities that staff in many local and central government organisations face in improving conditions for cyclists, while helping roading authorities and others improve the lot of cyclists. ViaStrada is a corporate member of CAN.
Living Streets Aotearoa (LSA)
Living Streets Aotearoa has evolved from Walk Wellington, a voluntary group set up in 1998 by a group of Wellingtonians with an interest in the rights of pedestrians and the benefits of walking. Living Streets Aotearoa is a nation-wide organisation with branches or affiliates throughout New Zealand.
ViaStrada is a member of LSA. Walking is the first mode of transport - all others are alternatives!