Transport planning and policy

We undertake a wide range of transport planning and policy services, including This work also feeds into our industry training. Notable recent projects include:

What impact has a speed limit drop from 50 to 30 km/h had in the CBD after its implementation in March 2016? ViaStrada conducted studies in 2019 and again in 2022 to compare crash and safety outcomes.

ViaStrada was commissioned by legal representatives of three e-scooter sharing companies to prepare an affidavit for the court on the safety and regulation of e-scooters. This follows on from our NZ Transport Agency Research Report 621 Regulations and safety for electric bicycles and other low-powered vehicles. 

ViaStrada was commissioned to provide information for potential projects in the Far North that relate to the key objectives of Waka Kotahi’s Climate Emergency Response Fund (CERF). Potential projects for CERF were focused on the three key areas in the Far North: Kaitaia, Kerikeri – Waipapa and Kaikohe. 

ViaStrada was commissioned by Taupō District Council to prepare a Speed Management Plan for their district. The Plan is based on the new Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency) speed management policy and guidance and led to the creation of an interim implementation plan for safer speeds in Taupō.

ViaStrada supported Vitruvius by preparing an online StoryMap of Travel Demand Management case studies, assessing travel demand by each mode, existing and proposed networks, and the opportunity for mode shift if supported by various scenarios of behaviour change investments. 

Dunedin City Council staff asked ViaStrada to set up and complete a survey of parking demand in the city centre. The aim was to provide a comprehensive picture of parking usage over time (during the day and week) to inform future parking strategies.

ViaStrada delivered a working paper summarising the methodology and calculations to derive estimates of the Total (Social) Costs, Average Costs, Marginal Costs and Marginal Externality Costs of road transport-related accidents in New Zealand. This was a component in a wider study on domestic transport costs and charges.

Dunedin City Council commissioned ViaStrada to develop and run the third annual iteration report of the ‘cordon count’, providing a snapshot of how people arrive at and travel through central Dunedin. "Cordon” refers to an imaginary boundary around the central city where surveyors were located at the most important entry/exit locations along this boundary. Surveyors were positioned at 26 sites around the central city to count the people and vehicles passing by over two days during the morning peak from 7:30-9:30 am.



Waka Kotahi commissioned ViaStrada to undertake research on quick-build (interim) cycleway infrastructure. This research note provides information about the best infrastructure options for installing quick-build (interim) separated cycleways to increase safety and encourage mode shift in a visually, physically and aesthetically consistent manner on a national scale.

The Department of Conservation commissioned a report and webmap to summarise the transportation context for the Waiau Weheka Westland long term visitor plan.