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.
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 email@example.com"
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.
We have some big news! ViaStrada is being restructured into two separate businesses, effective 1 April 2012. Axel Wilke and Warren Lloyd will manage a traffic engineering and transportation planning business under the familiar ViaStrada banner, continuing to provide high quality and individualised traffic and transport services for clients throughout New Zealand and Australia.
Jeremy Phillips (Director and Senior Planner) and Rhys Chesterman (Senior Traffic Planner) will be joined by other staff from the ViaStrada resource management team to form a separate company focusing on the resource management (planning, traffic & environmental health) and land development consultancy services. Andrew Macbeth (Senior Traffic Engineer and Transportation Planner) has resigned as a director of ViaStrada to advance his career in other directions. Those leaving ViaStrada will be departing with the full support and best wishes of the remaining directors and staff.
Season's greetings to all our clients, colleagues and peers from the ViaStrada team. We hope you enjoy a relaxing holiday. Our office closed on Friday 23 December and reopened on Wednesday 4 January. The move to our new location hasn't happened yet, as there's some damage to fix first. We'll advise on the new move date through our website, and we'll then be on Level 1, 284 Kilmore Street, Christchurch.
We wish everybody a safe, happy and prosperous 2012.
New Zealand's give way rules will change on 25 March 2012. If you work for a local council, are you and your staff ready to respond to queries from councillors or ratepayers as to whether your network will experience any difficulties? To discuss this issue further, please contact Axel Wilke on 03 343 8221 or 027 2929 810.
Our top team's second placing in 2011 in the corporate field for the McLeans Island 6 Hour Blast mountainbike race follows podium places for ViaStrada every year since 2008. All in all, a good day at the office!
Key messages from the conference included that separated bicycle facilities (SBFs) are increasingly recognised as a key way to encourage people to cycle for some of their trips, that speed management (to below 30 km/h) is needed to create a city-wide cycle friendly environment, and that leadership (political and technical) is fundamental to achieving change.