Research and Publications

Neighbourhood Greenway crossing of a major roadThere has been considerable recent development of cycling networks around New Zealand cities. To date, these have largely featured on-road cycle lanes, separated cycleways, and shared paths. However, there has been relatively little focus on using neighbourhood greenways as a key part of these networks.

Neighbourhood greenways are on-road cycling routes featuring low-volume low-speed local streets and safe crossings of busier roads. They are growing in popularity internationally as a low-cost tool for encouraging bike use on quieter streets without dedicated bike facilities, while also introducing street elements to enhance pedestrian and resident comfort and amenity.

graph showing e-bike speed distributionIn the last year, the number of e-bikes imported to New Zealand has reached nearly 20,000 units while electric scooters and skateboards are increasingly seen on paths. To inform potential changes in regulation, we conducted a research study on overseas legislation, technology trends, market and safety analyses. Findings include the results of a nationwide survey of both users and non-users, the speed difference between powered and unpowered riders, and recent changes in regulatory approaches overseas. A safe systems approach considering the vehicle, the user, and the road design is applied to an assessment of safety.

Real time display counter in Antigua StreetFor people managing a cycling network, there are over sixty different metrics to help evaluate the impact of engineering, education, encouragement and enforcement interventions. These range from mode share (as measured by the census question on the journey to work mode) to 'hands-up' counts in classrooms to measures of physical activity through the NZ Health Survey. The most direct measure is traffic counts – but the questions of where, when, how, and for what duration we should count requires careful consideration. This paper focuses on cycling traffic counts – primarily the trends in automatic count technology, crowd sourcing, 'big-data', and how manual surveys are still important. The Palmerston North Cycling Network Monitoring Plan is used as a case study to show how count data is managed to help identify what interventions are affecting cycling.

Auckland OnzO bikesDockless bikeshare, a bikeshare system not requiring docking stations, is coming. They can – and do – create huge problems, from footpaths cluttered with broken bikes, to bikes being dumped in waterways in large numbers. But they can also transform cities for the better by giving people convenient access for short trips, complementing public transport, and replacing long walks or short car trips. The authors contend that dockless bikeshare operators should be actively managed by local government. Make it known that dockless bikeshare in your city is by invitation only. Pick an operator you trust, insist that they meet agreed performance targets and thus avoid the many possible pitfalls.

Cars in quake sinkholeHow do people respond to dramatic changes in transport patterns? What can other communities learn from the transport effects of the Christchurch earthquakes? Glen gave a presentation at the 2018 IPWEA NZ Conference in Rotorua about transport lessons to be learned from the 2010/11 Christchurch earthquakes.

amazed peopleIn his private capacity, Axel made a submission to Environment Canterbury's Long Term Plan (LTP).

truck side skirtGlen presented on the New Zealand patterns in truck / bike crashes at the 2018 Transportation Conference in Queenstown. This is a follow up to the work undertaken by the Cycling Safety Panel in 2014 and in response to the recent increase in cycling fatalities and the increased proportion of trucks involved in those crashes.

snap shot of weekend pricingThis presentation discusses demand-responsive parking management based on the San Francisco model. It’s known over there as SFpark and is radically different in many ways to what is done by local authorities in New Zealand. The SFpark approach addresses congestion, environmental issues, and pretty much guarantees drivers that they will find a park where they want it. Retailers and the driving public thus love it!

graph showing red light running propertions in Akld, Chch, and PalmyGlen presented "Factors influencing red light running – a Christchurch investigation" at the Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF) in Auckland on 29 November 2017. This summarises current work for NZ Transport Agency and Christchurch City Council to understand the reasons why people run red lights at intersections and to determine potential countermeasures.

rlrGlen presented "Electric bicycle and low-powered vehicles standards and safety" at the 2017 Transport Knowledge Conference in Auckland. This summarised the research that ViaStrada did for the NZ Transport Agency investigating potential regulatory options for managing this diverse group of small vehicles and other devices.