Have you heard yet that KiwiRail has accredited a number of industry professionals? Going forward, any safety audit that incorporates a level crossing will be required to have a KiwiRail-accredited team member. Get in touch with ViaStrada if you need a KiwiRail-accredited auditor.
ViaStrada’s website has been given an overhaul. It’s not just a fresh look, but it’s now much more convenient to check out online content via your cell phone. Thanks to the team of Catalyst to make this happen.
It's official: ViaStrada sucks at cycling. We entered the Aotearoa Bike Challenge and came a miserable 14th in our category (7 to 19 staff). That's because we didn't manage to encourage non-cycling staff to give it a go, as all of us ride bikes all the time already. No exception. So officially, we are a failure.
Legislative changes relating to cycling have gone through as part of the Omnibus Amendment 2016. The give way rules change is a big one, as it enables us to design and build better protected cycle lanes and shared paths.
You may have read in The Press that Dr Glen Koorey advocated for Christchurch City Council to widen roundabouts, and build more large roundabouts, to reduce crashes for drivers and people cycling (The Press, 31 Aug 2016, page A5). Surprised? So was he! Because that is certainly not what he had told the reporter who rang him the day prior. The online version of the article has been duly fixed and by removing this rather wrong statement. Talk to Axel Wilke how to design roundabouts that are safer than what local guidance can achieve.
The March 2016 IPENZ Transportation Group Conference was a rewarding time for the ViaStrada presenting team, who received some well-earned awards.
Megan Fowler received two awards: 'Best Oral Presentation - Peoples' Choice Award' for her presentation of 'Cycling Network Guidance: Planning and Design', and an IPENZ study award, enabling her to conduct a study tour on protected cycling facilities.
Glen Koorey (University of Canterbury, soon to join ViaStrada), and John Lieswyn were awarded 'Highly Commended Practice Paper' for 'Making Space: Innovative Ways to Fit Multiple Modes within Narrow Cross Sections'.
We are thrilled that these great abilities have been acknowledged, and are proud to work with such high-achieving colleagues. Well done!
On 5 December the ViaStrada team met for breakfast before setting off to ride the Christchurch City Council's proposed Papanui Parallel Major Cycle Route into town. A similar trip earlier in the year showed us that, because all staff cycle as well as planning and designing for cycling, trips like this offer a good opportunity for professional development and allow us to share some expert insights about planned cycle infrastructure.