Research and 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:

tram trainsTe Pūtahi, the Christchurch centre for architecture and city-making, organised an event to introduce the new requirements and tools enacted by the new National Policy Statement on Urban Development. Axel Downard-Wilke was nominated by the Transportation Group to throw light on the transportation implications and how to make a denser city accessible for all.

Pass Safely signAs part of the Biketober Christchurch transport seminar series during Oct 2020, Glen Koorey gave a public presentation and chat introducing some of the basics of transport law as it relates to biking in NZ.

Mayor Garry Moore cutting a ribbonFor Biketober 2020, Axel prepared a potted 21st century history of cycling in Christchurch titled "From moratorium to major cycle routes". The talk discussed which individuals had a major impact on what did happen in Christchurch, and what was prevented from happening.

walk2This article presents a comprehensive conceptual framework for modelling safe walking and cycling routes to school for adolescents. The framework has been developed based on several existing relevant frameworks. The framework identifies built environment features and traffic safety factors to consider when modelling safe walking/cycling routes to secondary schools.

brailleThe 2019 Walk21 conference was held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. New Zealand was represented by John Lieswyn of ViaStrada and Gerry Dance of the NZ Transport Agency. John presented on encouraging walking to school. At the 2020 Transportation Conference in Christchurch, John revealed highlights from the Walk21 conference deemed most applicable to the New Zealand context.

teaserPalmerston North once had the highest rate of cycling to work (as measured by the census) in New Zealand, but in recent years the number of cycling trips has been declining. With a goal to "have the most active community in New Zealand", elected members directed staff to develop a masterplan that would set a long-term direction as well as inform a $2.9M investment in the near term. The final plan highlights four main challenges to implementation. These are not just technical problems to be quantified by economists and solved by engineers. A project-related "bike-lash" (pushback from business owners) also highlighted the need to work with affected communities to demonstrate why change is needed and to explore alternatives that meet our shared liveability, accessibility, and safety objectives.

speedLower speeds are one of the fundamental ways to improve road safety outcomes in New Zealand and to provide more equity and access to a wider range of safe travel choices. One of the most common arguments stated against lower speed limits is the effect on travel times. This presentation by Glen at the 2020 Transportation Conference answers the question whether speeds greatly affect travel time.

ShuttleVisitors and residents alike loved the free central city Shuttle. It was introduced in 1998 and ceased operating with the February 2011 earthquake. Shall we have it back? Well, many reports later, it doesn't seem to be happening. This presentation by Axel at the 2020 Transportation Conference explores an alternative proposal of making all buses within the central city free. It explains why this isn't just significantly cheaper and provides people with a better level of service, but how it could also reverse a decline in patronage that is evident since 2014.

Conf logoAt the 8th International Cycling Safety Conference in Brisbane, Nov 2019, Glen delivered a keynote presentation looking at the relationship between cycling infrastructure, usage, and safety.

Glen also convened a popular pre-conference workshop on "Low cost infrastructure treatments for low cycling countries" and was part of a panel forum exploring high-level questions about the state of cycling and cycling safety/research both now and in the future.

Ideal MaaS appWho should develop and manage “Mobility as a Service” (MaaS) services in New Zealand? Three approaches that have appeared to date are (1) private transport service operators themselves, (2) central/local government transport organisations, or (3) independent software developers. Each approach has its advantages and disadvantages, for example in regard to coverage of available services, data supply and management, and integration with payments. At the 2019 T-Tech Conference in Christchurch (May 2019), Glen outlines the options and issues afforded by each approach, using examples from around the world.