On 2 July 2015, the shared pathway to Longburn was opened by the Minister of Transport, Simon Bridges. It is the first project in New Zealand to open paid for by the Urban Cycleway Fund! Funding was approved for the project after the 2WALKandCYCLE Conference in October 2014. Several parties really bent over backwards to make this happen before the end of government's financial year (30 June 2015). ViaStrada was privileged to be asked to contribute the scheme design.
ViaStrada entered a two-person team and two solo riders in this year's Le Race. The 100km ride from Christchurch to Akaroa was made a little harder with head winds on the flat section and on some of the hill sections too! All riders put in a top effort and were helped along by the support 'crew' in the form of Axel Wilke.
Here at ViaStrada, our team members don't just plan and design facilities for cycling, but are all active users. This gives us first-hand experience of what works and what is important, and it sets us apart from many of our peers. We sometimes go out on urban bike rides as a team, and from our most recent trip we have developed some important practical pointers. Have a look what we have to say about surface, gradients, debris, rubbish collection, and generic traffic management plans.
In February 2014, the New Zealand Transport Agency announced the members of a Cycling Safety Panel. The Panel’s vision was the creation of a road network which is safe for cycling, where there are no cycling fatalities and fewer serious injuries. Their report was delivered to the Ministry of Transport in December 2015 and the work has been well received. ViaStrada’s Axel Wilke was a member of the Panel.
Season's greetings to all our clients, colleagues and peers from the ViaStrada team. We hope you enjoy a relaxing holiday. Our office will be closed from Christmas Day (Thursday, 25 December). Some of us will be back from Monday, 5 January.
Congratulations to Megan Fowler for putting together an award-winning presentation. At the two-day Signals NZ User Group (SNUG) workshop in Christchurch, Axel Wilke presented on legal issues that Separated Bicycle Facilities experience at traffic signals. The SNUG committee awarded "best technical presentation" for this contribution. Well done, Megan!
You have a primary goal of making it easier for drivers to find a park. Your secondary goals are reducing traffic in search of a car park, double parking, greenhouse gas emissions, and parking infringements. And you want the public and retailers to accept and respond well to fundamental changes to parking management. Impossible? They've done it in San Francisco, and ViaStrada can achieve this for you in New Zealand. Talk to us.
We are very happy to announce that Megan Fowler has returned to Christchurch and will be starting work back at ViaStrada on 1 July 2014.
Megan left New Zealand in March 2010 to explore new and different opportunities in France. Prior to that she was a key member of the traffic engineering and transport planning team, working on a number of projects from policy to practice, in land use and especially transportation.
We look forward to working with Megan again at ViaStrada and expect that she will receive a warm welcome back into the industry.