19 October 2011 - 11:37

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.

Contact ViaStrada for help with SBFs and urban speed management.

29 August 2011 - 21:10

For the third consecutive year, we have enjoyed a "bake-off" competition over the winter months. The competition had its origins in demand outstripping supply at the biscuit tin, but it's grown into something fantastic...

15 August 2011 - 08:56

Christchurch was snowed in, and our office was closed on Monday and Tuesday (15 & 16 Aug 2011). The weather has improved, though, and we are all back at work.

1 August 2011 - 13:52

The Christchurch City Council recently provided for resource consent applications to be lodged electronically. 

ViaStrada has been utilising this new initiative and is already seeing benefits in terms of prompt consent lodgement and simplified payment of Council fee deposits, plus a reduction of costs associated with the printing and physical lodgement of hard copy consent applications. 

Electronic lodgement of resource consent applications will be particularly beneficial for applications approved for processing under the Streamline process - another Council initiative for which ViaStrada is an approved consultant. 

For more information on lodging your next resource consent electronically and how ViaStrada can assist, please don't hesitate to contact Jeremy, Andrew or Kathryn on 03 943 0830.

16 May 2011 - 10:34

ViaStrada has recently been commissioned to undertake the following projects:

2 May 2011 - 13:45

Subsequent to the recent Christchurch earthquakes, ViaStrada has successfully obtained approval for the relocation of the Cashel Street and Ferrymead Les Mills Fitness Clubs to a new site at 41 Riccarton Road.

This approval has been provided under the Canterbury Earthquake (Resource Management Act Permitted Activities) Order 2011, which provides for the temporary relocation of businesses affected by the earthquakes. ViaStrada has helped several businesses with approvals for their temporary relocation.

26 April 2011 - 15:14

As part of its response to the 22 February Christchurch earthquake, the Christchurch City Council has now published a public notice setting out 'Permitted Temporary Accommodation and Temporary Depots and Storage Facilities' under the powers available to it under the Canterbury Earthquake (Resource Management Act Permitted Activities) Order 2011. We summarise what this means for displaced residential and business activities and the new approval process for these activities.

21 April 2011 - 12:47

ViaStrada is hiring a Traffic Engineer / Transportation Planner for the Christchurch office. Please check the careers page for more details.

20 April 2011 - 13:01

The New Zealand give way rule is due to be changed in early 2012. The latest version of SIDRA INTERSECTION (version 5.1), released in April 2011, has a convenient feature for changing the models from 'New Zealand rule' to 'Standard left model'. For more information, please see pages 6 and 16 of the v5.1 update notes.

To learn more about SIDRA modelling in New Zealand, industry training courses are available in Auckland in October 2011.

8 April 2011 - 17:09

The 2011 Transportation Conference was held in Auckland from 28 to 30 March. It was a well organised and attended conference, including interesting technical tours, a great conference dinner in a historic church, a good networking opportunity and excellent continuing professional development opportunities. ViaStrada contributed with four papers and technical notes, presented as posters and presentations.

Attendees from ViaStrada were Jeanette Ward, Axel Wilke, John Lieswyn and Andrew Macbeth.