Planning & design for cycling - industry training


First two walking/cycling webinars delivered for NZTA in 2019 now available for viewing/listening here.

ViaStrada in conjunction with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) 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, students and cycling advocates can also attend the courses. To date, over 1300 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 ~25-30 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.

Following on from the award winning Fundamentals course, Advanced courses were developed 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 from July 2016 to reflect the introduction of NZTA's Cycling Network Guidance and a more multi-modal planning approach (with more updates in early 2019). New training formats, including interactive case-based workshops and online webinars, are being developed for delivery in conjunction with NZTA.

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).

Previous courses (2019)

Throughout 2019, ViaStrada and NZTA delivered introductory Cycle planning and design courses in Wellington (Feb, Apr), Hamilton (Mar, Apr), Christchurch (May) and Auckland (Jun). We will review our 2021 programme based on expressions of interest received.

Interactive Advanced cycle intersection design workshops (previously held in Auckland in Mar 2018 and Christchurch in Oct 2017) were held in Wellington in Jul 2019 and Hamilton in Sep 2019. Further course dates/venues may also be considered, subject to demand.

Course details

The introductory planning and design course will cover a broad range of topics including:

  • Meeting the needs of cycling – 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 makes reference to various new components of the NZTA Cycling Network Guidance; it also considers how e-bikes and other low-powered devices (e.g. e-scooters) affect planning considerations. The course summarises recent advancements in cycling planning and design understanding, based on recent research and using case studies from a wide range of New Zealand projects implemented in the last five years, and there is also some discussion of current Transport Agency policies/processes for implementing cycling programmes.

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Advanced intersection design

This interactive workshop focuses on advanced intersection design issues, particularly around signalised intersections and roundabouts. Participants receive a series of introductory presentations and then work in groups on four real-life site problems. Participants should have either previously undertaken the introductory cycle planning/design course (or equivalent), or have sufficient previous work experience in cycle facility projects.

More course information... (PDF)

Hamilton advanced workshop
Participants work on an exercise at the 2019 Hamilton advanced intersection design workshop


To register, please download the appropriate form, complete page 2 and return it to Debbie.

 Course / Location



No future courses currently scheduled  TBA Register your interest with Debbie Roxby

(all courses normally start at 8.45am and finish at 5.00pm)

Early-bird fees are currently only $400+GST (advocates/students $150+GST). Please contact Debbie Roxby if you have general queries, and Glen Koorey for more information about course content.

Course presenters

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

The most recent courses are being co-presented with members of the NZ Transport Agency Cycling Team, who provide additional expertise in both technical matters and Agency policy and procedures.

Please do not hesitate to contact Glen (027 739 6905) 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:


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).

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