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20 December 2013 - 16:06

Statistics New Zealand has released the 2013 travel to work census data, and cycling participation has increased since the previous census was taken. In 2006, the proportion of people cycling to work on census day was 2.5% nationwide. By 2013, this had increased to 2.9%, which represents an increase of 13%. Staff working for road controlling authorities or consultants should recognise this increase in popularity, and if there are gaps in your professional knowledge, attending one of our training courses might be a good idea.

2 December 2013 - 11:40

The ViaStrada office will close for the holidays on Tuesday 24 December and reopen on Monday 6 January 2014. We wish you a safe and happy holiday and look forward to seeing you in 2014.

16 April 2013 - 16:05

The Fundamentals of Planning and Design for Cycling course is about to turn 10.  The brainchild of Axel Wilke was first taught on 3 June 2003.  A detailed history of the course, including how it fitted into the transportation planning system back in the early years of the new millenium, and what has been achieved through the course, can be found on our website.  812 people have attended the course over 48 training courses so far.

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20 February 2013 - 23:06

There's a variety of names around for this cycle network tool. Originally, they were called Bicycle Boulevards. Neighbourhood Greenways then became a name that has maybe become most common now. We haven't got any of them in New Zealand yet, but Dunedin is about to establish some, and there they are called Quiet Streets. So what exactly is it?

A basic definition is: "A roadway with low motor traffic volumes and speeds designed to provide a safe, attractive, convenient and comfortable cycling environment." So basically it's a piece of quiet road where cyclists share the space with cars. But will that work, you may ask? Yes, it's been used very successfully in many cities around the world. Where can I have a look at an example? Well, nobody has ever done it before in New Zealand. You expect this to work with New Zealand drivers? Well, unlike many good cycling inventions, this concept does not come from Europe, but from the car-loving United States. And if it works there, there's no reason why it wouldn't work here.

10 October 2012 - 16:05

ViaStrada has been commissioned by VicRoads to undertake research on bicycle lane separators. Two trials are underway in Christchurch, and we are now looking for feedback. You can participate in the survey via SurveyMonkey or our Facebook page. Just follow one of the links. A survey should take you two to three minutes and will make you feel great by having contributed to some useful research!

4 September 2012 - 12:22

We've moved again, but this time not very far. We are now in a different part of Pomeroy's; just through the wall, really. This is now our permanent office and it's a great space over two levels.

16 July 2012 - 13:43

Will cycle lanes increase safety of cyclists at roundabouts? Will narrow lane separators be effective to keep cars out of cycle lanes?

The fourth Bike Futures Conference, the annual conference organised by the Bicycle Network, will be held in mid October 2012 in Melbourne.  ViaStrada director Axel Wilke will give two presentations at the conference, reporting on progress on two research projects and answering the questions above. See you in Melbourne.

16 July 2012 - 13:16

NZTA has been publishing their research reports on their website for the last few years, and this online resource is rather valuable. Older research reports were previously only available for purchase. Just in case you didn't see it, they stated the following in their latest NZTA research newsletter:

"PDF scans of research reports published prior to 2005 are available by emailing research@nzta.govt.nz"

We have added the scan of Research Report 230 to our website.

3 May 2012 - 12:40

ViaStrada is holding four days of training courses covering the principles of planning and design for walking and cycling, from 28 - 31 May 2012. The courses are being hosted by Auckland Transport, but places are still available for consultants and other external parties.

Due to the economic climate and budget constraints within the industry, training opportunities are not so plentiful at present. These courses may therefore represent a one off oppportuntiy for training this year.

18 April 2012 - 17:23

The long planned move has finally happened. ViaStrada opened for business at Level 1, 284 Kilmore Street, on 2 April 2012. Our office is located above Pomeroy's Pub. It's a great place to be.

Give us a call if you feel like a 'business meeting downstairs' towards the end of the work day.