Research and publications

ViaStrada staff have published many papers, articles, reports and other technical documents, to conferences, national clients, and public media. A number of these publications have won industry awards.

Recent publications are shown below; you are welcome to reference these in your own work. Feel free to contact the relevant authors for further information as well:

Should broken yellow lines be marked in kerbside cycle lanes?

Axel Wilke (ViaStrada) and Michael Ferigo (Christchurch City Council) have written a conference paper about this project. The presentation was on Friday, 13 November 2009 at the 7th NZ Cycling Conference in New Plymouth.

Cycle lanes were approved by North Shore City Council for installation on Lake Road between Esmonde Road and Hauraki Road. The project has been in the media on numerous occasions.

Andrew Macbeth (ViaStrada) and Chris Jones (North Shore City Council) have written a conference paper about this project. The presentation was on Friday, 13 November 2009 at the 7th NZ Cycling Conference in New Plymouth.

Estimating the demand for new facilities is an important part of the economic justification for walking and cycling projects. Andrew Macbeth and Megan Fowler (both ViaStrada) and Lee Wright (Selwyn District Council) have written a conference paper about this project. This presentation was on Friday 13 November 2009 at the 7th NZ Cycling Conference in New Plymouth.

This presentation introduces the basic terminology of noise with particular reference to the performance standards in District Plans. Russell Malthus was asked by the conference organisers to prepare this overview for the benefit of the attending Environmental Health Officers from around NZ.

This project was undertaken by ViaStrada's Megan Fowler as part of the third professional year of her Bachelor of Engineering university studies. She later presented a paper at the IPENZ 2006 Transportation Conference based on the project findings.

The presentation illustrates the basic concepts of staged pedestrian crossings compared with traditional crossings at signalised intersections, including operational methods and physical requirements.

ViaStrada was commissioned by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) to update the cycling-related content of the Manual of Traffic Signs and Markings (MOTSAM). MOTSAM is the guideline that the industry uses for signs and markings. The update was published in August 2008.

The safety of pedestrians crossing multi-lane road intersections is often threatened by filtering turning vehicles. The introduction of staged pedestrian crossings, where the crossing of departure and approach lanes are treated as two separate tasks, can provide more protection to pedestrians by allowing greater control of the traffic. Related changes to the phasing arrangement such as direction-dependant pedestrian crossing timings can also result in the staged pedestrian crossing increasing the intersection efficiency.

ViaStrada was commissioned by the Christchurch City Council to undertake an investigation into the provision of protected right turns at two of the city’s signalised intersections. This has then led to the development of a draft process for treating right turn problems at traffic signals. The project was presented at the 2008 Signals New Zealand User Group conference in Whangarei.

cover slideThis technical note summarises two "think-pieces" commissioned by the former Land Transport NZ (now the New Zealand Transport Agency) in 2008.

The first is a research paper by McCormick Rankin Cagney that forecasts future oil prices, estimates consequential impacts on travel demand, and identifies "no regrets" interventions that central and local government could implement to reduce the transport system's dependency on oil based transport fuels.

The second is a think-piece by ViaStrada that considers practical ways to get the most out of New Zealand's road transport system.