Traffic engineering

ViaStrada was engaged by Christchurch City Council to undertake the scheme design of the Hornby to Prebbleton part of the Christchurch to Little River Rail Trail. This followed on from our office undertaking the feasibility study for this section.

Jeanette, Megan and Andrew have recently undertaken feasibility assessments of seven walking and cycling infrastructure projects for Selwyn District Council. The projects included six shared off-road paths and opportunities to improve the Leeston Road bridge. We developed scheme plans for each of the projects and used these to estimate costs of construction and maintenance. We also predicted the demand for the facilities and calculated the value of expected benefits.

ViaStrada has reviewed a controversial cycle facility for Christchurch City Council and found people either love it or hate it!

Not much room for lane sharing Cycle lanes had been approved by North Shore City Council (NSCC) for installation on Lake Road between Esmonde Road and Hauraki Road. ViaStrada developed and reviewed alternative options for accommodating cyclists on this 23 m road corridor carrying four lanes of traffic.

The University of Canterbury introduced a new course this year - Transport Design Project. Industry mentors assisted groups of four students during the course of the project. Jeanette Ward and Axel Wilke mentored one of the groups.

Following a fatality at the pedestrian crossing facility at the intersection of Wainoni Road and Bickerton Street, ViaStrada was requested to investigate options for improving the roading environment.

The client wanted to see how the existing parking supply was on the street. This gave maximum information on the impact of different cycle lane schemes for this stretch of road. Very complex data such as parking time restrictions, bus stops, taxis and unrestricted parking is clearly and accurately shown on the simple plan.

The client wanted to show that they had made provision for various on street parking demands in FiveMile. This included short and long term parking and included loading zones. Added to this was the identification of ramps to and from the off street underground parking.

ViaStrada was engaged by Tauranga City Council (TCC) to undertake the scheme development of the arterial road (Te Okuroa Drive) servicing the Wairakei (stage 1), and subsequently Te Tumu (stage 2), urban expansion in Papamoa as envisaged by Western Bay of Plenty's SmartGrowth strategy.

A typical cross section for Te Okuroa Drive had already been determined; ViaStrada's brief was to design all the intersections and determine the location of the u-turning bays. The major part of this exercise was to determine the most appropriate intersection control for each location, including bus priority measures.

ViaStrada has been commissioned to design provisions for cyclists in some of the more challenging locations of Dunedin's arterial network. Dunedin City Council picked us as their preferred consultant because of our nationally recognised expertise in this area.