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.
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.