Neighbourhood Greenways (or "bicycle streets") are starting to appear in New Zealand and ViaStrada has been at the forefront of their planning and development here. In January 2017, Glen Koorey convened and presented at an international workshop on neighbourhood greenways in Washington DC...
On 19 June 2017, the ViaStrada team met for breakfast before riding the Papanui Parallel, one of the Major Cycle Routes under construction. We last checked out the route as a team in December 2015 when it was just an idea; now it's almost there. Great to see!
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.