Transport planning and policy

ViaStrada provides a range of transport planning services, with a particular emphasis on safe and sustainable solutions. Some of our areas of expertise include:
  • School travel planning
  • Strategic business cases
  • Planning for walking and cycling networks
  • Transport legislation and regulations
  • Future transport trends and "mobility as a service"
  • Parking management
A selection of recent relevant projects is shown below:

Bike path users in Melbourne can often find it difficult to find their way around on the many off-road paths around the city. Hence, a review of the adequacy of signposting was required.

This study built on previous work by ViaStrada with assistance at different stages by Beca and MWH. The premise is that a cycle route provides a certain level of service to potential users if it lies within a certain distance of them, whether they be residents at their homes, school or university students at their schools or people at work.

For Northlands Mall, we were commissioned to explore access options and designs through to obtaining Resource Consent from the City Council.

A proposed small scale gem and fossil museum in Birdlings Flat, a beach popular with rock collectors, generated much interest from neighbours. An assessment was required in terms of the policies, objectives and rules of the District Plan and impacts on the surrounding road network.

A pre-school was proposed with road safety issues associated with access and egress onto the main road. An assessment was required in terms of the policies, objectives and rules of the District Plan and the overall effects of the proposal on the road network.

ViaStrada was engaged by ARTA to develop a tool to convert short-term manual cycle counts to "annual average daily traffic" estimates of cycle traffic. The methodology used standard pneumatic traffic counters with softer than normal rubber road tubes for detecting cycles.

This assessment considered the industrial subdivision proposal with respect to the traffic related effects on the safety and efficiency of the State Highway 1 / Northpark Road intersection and approaches and in terms of the relevant rules, policies and objectives of the District Plan.

A proposed office extension triggered the need to examine the overall car parking supply and demand within the Rangiora Township. The project involved detailed surveys of parking demand and an assessment of the effects of the proposal on the surrounding road network.

Environment Canterbury (ECan) is developing a regional cycle network plan. ViaStrada staff developed an audit methodology, enabling alternative network elements to be compared with one another. The resulting methodology combines site visits with a clever RAMM assessment.

MWH New Zealand Ltd (Christchurch) and ViaStrada evaluated five different potential cycle network models. ARTA’s British expert peer reviewer thought that our GIS-based methodology, using Auckland demographic data and existing transport models, was pretty clever.