Planning & design for cycling

Industry training courses – cycling

ViaStrada runs a series of training courses to introduce the principles of planning and design for cycling in New Zealand. The courses are aimed at anybody planning, designing or reviewing roads or other facilities used for cycling. This includes planners, general roading engineers and road safety practitioners. Local body politicians, people involved in the health sector and cycling advocates can also attend the courses. To date, over 1200 people have attended fundamental and advanced courses in Planning and Design for Cycling.

All participants receive a set of presentation slides for note taking, and other reference material. Attendee numbers are usually limited to 25 to ensure that there are opportunities for questions and discussion throughout the course. The workshops include lectures, discussions, practical exercises and may include a site visit.

Tim Hughes (Senior Engineer, NZTA) says about these courses: "When I travel around New Zealand, I can see the basic skills taught in this training course being applied to an increasing number of projects". The course, including this quote from Tim Hughes, was profiled in the Land Transport News newsletter (2007, page 6).

Following on from the award winning Fundamentals course, Advanced courses were developed in conjunction with the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) to lift the industry's performance to the next level of professional competence. The content of the cycling training courses was completely revised and restructured earlier in 2014 and from July 2016 also reflect the introduction of NZTA's Cycling Network Guidance. New training formats, including interactive case-based workshops and online webinars, are being developed for delivery in conjunction with NZTA.

2019 Courses

We would like to hear from anyone who is interested in attending courses in cycle planning and design or an advanced interactive intersection design workshop. To express interest in these offerings, please contact Glen Koorey, indicating preference for training type and preferred location(s).

12 February 2019 – Cycle planning/design (Wellington)

ViaStrada and the NZ Transport Agency are offering a full day industry training course on planning and design for cycling. The courses are hosted by the Transport Agency and will likely be held at their offices on Chews Lane. The course will cover a broad range of topics including:

  • Meeting cyclists’ needs – customer thinking / target audience approach, cyclists’ 5 main requirements
  • Planning for cycling – assessing demand, route options, prioritisation, monitoring, engagement, funding
  • Designing between intersections – various types of provision (focus on separated cycleways and paths), making space
  • Intersection design – achieving continuity through intersections, cycle bypasses, minor junctions, cycle crossings, cycle detection, signalised intersections, roundabouts

The course will make reference to various new components of the NZTA Cycling Network Guidance. It is aimed at anybody planning, designing or reviewing roads or other facilities that will be used for cycling. This includes planners, road and traffic engineers and managers, road safety practitioners, decision makers and cycling advocates.

Contact Glen Koorey for more information if you are interested in attending.

2018 Courses

6 March 2018 - Advanced intersection design (Auckland)

This interactive workshop was held for Auckland Transport staff and their consultants and focused on advanced intersection design issues, particularly around signalised intersections and roundabouts. Participants received a series of introductory presentations and then work in groups on four real-life Auckland site problems. A further advanced workshop in Auckland is being considered, subject to numbers.

Course presenters

Presenters for recent courses were ViaStrada Director Axel Wilke,Transport Engineer Megan Gregory, and Senior Traffic Engineer Glen Koorey.  Axel is well-known in New Zealand for his expertise in sustainable transport and especially cycle planning and design. Megan has published and presented several research and technical papers and has particular interest in road safety and sustainable transport. Glen has also presented the course many times in the past and was involved in its original development.

Please do not hesitate to contact Glen (03-928-2541) if you have any enquiries about course content or about whether the course is appropriate for you. 

It is recommended that all participants should complete a half-hour on-road cycle trip (about 10km) in an urban area no more than a month before the course.

Course Evaluation

Since the beginning of 2007, delegates have rated the course as follows:


The following quotes are from the course evaluation forms:

"I think this course should be integrated more widely into transportation industry functions /university papers. As an engineer I think that more awareness is required from engineers (and particularly decision-makers), particularly from non-cyclists." - Traffic engineering consultant, Napier course, October 2007

"This course was highly recommended - it certainly lived up to my expectations. Huge amount of information covered - some I didn't need but interesting nonetheless." - Road safety co-ordinator, Napier course, October 2007

"Excellent, thought provoking day. First class!" - RCA planning team leader, Christchurch course, September 2007

"Very informative and is value for money" - RCA engineer, Dunedin course, August 2007

"Could have more on implementation, but was exactly what I was looking for and expecting" - Dunedin course, August 2007

"Great course - very useful" - Cycling advocate, Dunedin course, August 2007

"I would recommend that any Road Safety Coordinator at any stage in their role goes on the course (it is but one day out of the office!), and to urge their engineering and travel planning colleagues to go too." - Road safety coordinator

"Appreciate you guys coming over to the West Coast. Represents start of new thinking." - RCA engineer, Greymouth course, August 2007

"Very useful. A good summary of the field in NZ from beginning to end." - Transit engineer, Auckland 2008

"Thank you for a very well presented introductory course. I appreciated the open discussion and have learnt a lot from your course." - Auckland Transport engineer, May 2012