Recently some of the team along with partners and family spent a fun day volunteering on Quail Island in Lyttelton Harbour. Along with Ian and Pat from the Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust, we enjoyed a stunning bluebird day removing wilding pines and macrocarpa seedlings, with a lavish picnic lunch thrown in and time left over to explore the island and relax on the beach afterwards.
Today we warmly welcome summer interns Amy Dunn and Azrie Azizi to the ViaStrada team!
Amy is currently in her second year of study at the University of Canterbury where she is studying Environmental Science majoring in Environmental Change while Azrie recently finished his studies at The University of Auckland where he conducted his final research project on 'Understanding mode choices of New Zealanders - Can we make more sustainable travel?'
Great to hear ViaStrada's research by Glen on 'How we sell the Benefits of Lower Speeds?' is generating interest across the industry with Waka Kotahi and Tasman District amongst those requesting more info. His think piece to reduce deaths and serious injuries was used at the National Lifeline Utilities Forum 2023 by Keynote Speaker, Simon Kingham, Senior Advisor Ministry of Transport.
A recent example of ViaStrada’s SIDRA capabilities is Megan’s modelling of two signalised intersections in New Plymouth, as part of the Transport Choices programme. ViaStrada has identified several challenges in modelling filter turning across cycleways and has developed methods to deal with these.
This month we warmly welcome Pim van den Top to our team.
Pim is joining ViaStrada as a full-time Transportation Planner. Pim has a Bachelor of Urban Planning (Honours) from the University of Auckland and has over 2.5 years of experience as a transport planner. Most recently, Pim worked at Aecom, and has been involved in a variety of types of projects including business cases, concept designs, and data analytics.
UPDATE: Walking in Winter Photo Competition
Sadly we didn't receive any entries to our recent photo competition. However, rather than just feeling unloved (we know you are out there walking!!) we've donated the $150 prize money in lieu of entries to the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ in support of this year's Breast cancer walk!
We are excited to bring you the inaugural edition of ViaStrada’s transportation electronic newsletter in which you will hear about interesting projects, staff news, industry events, and professional development opportunities.
On 5 July 2023, Christchurch City Council (CCC) councillors made the decision to approve the Safe Speed Neighbourhoods interim (phase one) Speed Management Plan to reduce speed limits to 30 km around all schools across Christchurch and Banks Peninsula. This is an excellent achievement for helping to create safer communities for our young people on their journey to and from school.