Research & publications

We carry out transport research, think-pieces and policy guidance for national agencies, local councils, and other clients, and regularly publish and present to the industry (including many award-winning papers). Below are links to our latest published work:

  • Image showing 2 different bus stops in Dunedin

    Every stop counts: PTDG and GIS applications in bus stop assessment

    The quality of public transport (PT) facilities is key to enabling mode shift. And while big-ticket items such as the Christchurch Bus Interchange or Puhinui Station are a key part of that, the smaller details at every bus stop in a city have a huge impact on the experience and are a key part of increasing usage of our PT networks.

  • proposed layout for a cycleway at an intersection in New Plymouth

    Making traffic signals work for people cycling – update

    Whether a cycle facility on the approach to traffic signals is painted or physically separated makes a big legal difference. The painted facility is considered part of the “roadway” while the separated facility is not. This presentation discusses a design that overcomes the legislative constraint. 

  • Installation of monitoring equipment

    Pedestrian and micro-mobility monitoring deployment in Northland

    Northland is building an urban and rural network of shared pathways for people walking, biking, and scooting. In the largest city, Whangārei, planners and engineers had collected uptake data using only a 2-hour annual “cordon count” and occasional intercept surveys.

  • Overhead image showing people cycling on a trail in the Far North of New Zealand

    Far North Trails Plan – Te Mahere o te ara tawhiti ki te Raki

    Te Mahere o te ara tawhiti ki te Raki, the Far North Trails Plan had the goal of developing a prioritised list of future routes to extend the walking and cycling trails network in the Far North. 

  • 80 km Safer Speed Area road sign

    How do we sell the benefits of lower speeds? (2W&C 2024)

    Walking and cycling is safer and more pleasant when motorists slow down. The 2020-30 New Zealand Road Safety Strategy highlighted the role that speed management plays in improving our safety record. However, reducing speed limits is polarising, with many people sceptical of their effect on safety and wary about their impact on productivity and convenience.

  • slide showing a proposed new layout for a separated cycleway at an intersection with signals

    Making traffic signals work for people cycling

    Whether a cycle facility on the approach to traffic signals is painted or physically separated makes a big legal difference. The painted facility is considered part of the “roadway” while the separated facility is not. This presentation discusses a design that overcomes the legislative constraint. 

    What is the problem with the law? What are the problems with the existing situation? How does the concept design work? How will this be more efficient? Will it be safer?

  • side street in Auckland using temporary planters to create pedestrian space

    Does road-space reallocation affect network VKT?

    Road-space reallocation (RSR) is the re-purposing of existing road space from general traffic to active or public transport modes; this could affect road corridor elements such as traffic lanes, parking lanes, cycle lanes, bus lanes, and footpaths. Recent research for Waka Kotahi by ViaStrada investigated the impacts of permanent RSR on measured network vehicle-kilometres travelled (VKT), and associated common factors observed.

  • 1.5 m Pass Safely past cyclists road sign

    Has Cycling Safety in New Zealand improved?

    Is cycling safety in NZ getting better or is there little change? At the 2023 Australasian Road Safety Conference, Glen Koorey gave a presentation reviewing trends in cycle casualties over the past 15 years or so and identified areas for further improvement, including regulatory changes, infrastructure improvements, and speed management.

  • 80 km Safer Speed Area road sign

    How do we sell the Benefits of Lower Speeds?

    Why is it so hard to get traction on introducing lower speeds in NZ, despite their obvious benefits? At the 2023 Australasian Road Safety Conference, Glen Koorey presented a think-piece introducing the current state of play around setting and changing speed limits in NZ, discussed some of the existing challenges to seeing more speed limit changes being enacted, and suggested ways to address these.

  • Countdown timer cycle and pedestrian signal at Hereford St, Oxford Tce intersection, Christchurch

    Countdown timers: time to counter?

    What’s the deal with countdown timers? What do the NZ rules say, and do pedestrians really understand and use them correctly? Are there any lessons to be learned from overseas? 

    The presentation is available online on this website.