PNCC photoCongratulations to Palmerston North City Council for opening the He Ara Kotahi bridge today. ViaStrada's Axel Wilke undertook the feasibility study in 2014 for possible bridge locations and how this could link into a network of shared paths.

Megan and JoshuaWe were delighted to meet Joshua Gregory last week when he visited the office with his mum, Megan. Joshua arrived in the early hours of 23 March, weighing in at 3.9kg. Welcome Joshua!

Glen receiving an awardViaStrada's Glen Koorey was honoured with winning highly commended in the paper category at the 2019 T-Tech Conference in Christchurch. Glen's paper discussed who should develop and manage "Mobility as a Service" (MaaS) services in New Zealand. It was the inaugural occasion for the T-Tech Conference to give out awards.

CongratsCongratulations to John Lieswyn and Dr Glen Koorey who, on 1 April 2019, became directors of ViaStrada. Both are of high standing in the industry. They are natural leaders and we welcome them at the directors’ table.

Directional cycle signalsChristchurch City Council and Auckland Transport have been conducting a trial of directional traffic signals for people who cycle – you may have seen the installations and even taken part in the user surveys last year. To conclude the official trial process, the NZ Transport Agency requires another round of investigation. Regardless of whether you participated in the user surveys last year, whether you have seen the signals, and whether you ride a bike, your participation in the survey would be valued!

The Christchurch survey is currently live. The Auckland survey will be active during May 2019.

Best research paper awardThe 2019 Transportation Conference gave recognition to great work on some of our projects. At the conference dinner, our Dunedin Central City schools cluster project was one of the finalists. Glen was then awarded runner-up for best research paper Glen Koorey on the mechanics and politics of changing a speed limit immediately followed by Axel being awarded best research paper on directional cycle signals. We were thrilled to be recognised for our efforts.

Bikes crossingFollowing the first course in Wellington (Feb 12th), further courses on planning & design for cycling will be co-delivered by ViaStrada and the NZ Transport Agency around the country over the next few months, including Hamilton, Wellington (again) and Christchurch. Click here for more details and to register.

Gemma DioniGemma Dioni has joined ViaStrada as a Senior Transportation Engineer. She has a key interest in ensuring communities have access to transport choice, with a passion for good streetscape and public realm design to support placemaking. Those interests make her a perfect fit for our team.

We are most pleased to welcome Gemma to our team. Contact us if you have any projects where you think Gemma’s skills could be useful to helping achieve your objectives.

Bikes crossingA course on planning & design for cycling will be co-delivered by ViaStrada and the NZ Transport Agency in Wellington on 12 February 2019. This course is now full; please register your interest for future courses.

Red ribbonWe hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday season. ViaStrada's office will close up at the end of Friday 21st December 2018 and re-open on Monday, 7 January 2019.