Traffic planning and policy

Rule 2 at signalsThe NZ Transport Agency engaged ViaStrada to investigate options for amendments to several road user rules affecting walking and cycling, particularly near intersections, and then to prepare draft materials for implementing amended road user rule legislation for some of the rules investigated.

On behalf of the NZ Transport Agency, ViaStrada is conducting a research project to evaluate the safety challenges of e-bikes and other low-powered vehicles (mobility scooters, e-skateboards, e-unicycles, etc). The aim is to generate a set of regulatory and non-regulatory options for addressing those issues in the New Zealand context.

Part 1 of the research is a review and assessment of technology (e.g. motor controllers, throttles vs. torque activation, lighting and braking), market characteristics, sales projections, and safety studies. Part 2 includes workshops with industry and other key stakeholders to inform an assessment of potential regulatory and non-regulatory options.

Christchurch City Council (CCC) as part of the Christchurch Transport Plan (CTP) process commissioned ViaStrada to develop a GIS based cycle network. The development focus was on creating a contiguous level 1 (novice riders) and level 2 route (basic traffic skills) network. This was to align with the Christchurch Transport Plan (CTP).

ViaStrada was engaged by Hastings District Council to develop a concise walking and cycling strategy, a list of projects with rough order costs, project prioritisation system and package-level economic evaluation.

Reduced traffic speeds have been shown to improve central city liveability and street activity levels. This 2011 ViaStrada project suggested the boundaries, specific techniques, design concepts, and implementation steps needed to create a pedestrian-friendly "slow core" for Christchurch. A new 30km/h slow core has now been implemented in 2016, largely mirroring the area suggested by ViaStrada.

This study focused on enhancing the walkability of the Greymouth Town Centre.  The comprehensive final report covered high level strategic planning through to detailed recommendations for site specific design investigations.

 

ViaStrada assisted CCC in reviewing options for rapid public transport services to various Christchurch suburbs and provided advice on central city PT modes, routes and station locations.

The Nelson office was selected through a competetive bid process to prepare resource consents for the Tasman Cycle Trail, as part of the national Cycle Trails initiative.

ViaStrada Nelson office was engaged as resource management consultants to obtain multiple resource consents and to manage the planning process for a proposed regional Nelson motorsport park. The park is located on a 250 ha rural site at Stanley Brook, between Murchison and Richmond.

The ViaStrada Nelson office was engaged to provide expert planning advice in respect of an appeal on the granting of over 200 consents for an hydroelectric power scheme. Council consents were granted and these were appealed, with the appellants seeking to have consent declined. Staff from ViaStrada's Nelson office were engaged by Marlborough District Council to provide expert planning evidence to the Environment Court in support of Council's decision.