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:

Buffered cycle lanePalmerston North City Council plans to invest $2.9M in urban cycleways over the 19/20 and 20/21 financial years. ViaStrada has developed a public facing, graphically rich masterplan to help guide that investment – including a range of cycleways and supporting education and encouragement activity recommendations. The work included the development of an interactive online map. Concurrent with the masterplan, ViaStrada developed a single stage business case to NZ Transport Agency requirements, delivered in 2020.

Proposed networkTo give effect to one of the six City Vision principles – “Pedal Power” – ViaStrada was commissioned to develop recommendations on how to better provide for cycling access to and within the central city. 

Menti exercise resultsThe Department of Conservation (DOC) commissioned ViaStrada to review a range of planning documents and provide advice to inform Visitor Management Plan development.

ViaStrada recommended a communications plan, visitor survey methods, and a spatial database. The work included markups of existing plans and an Investment Logic Map.

30kmh signViaStrada was commissioned by Tauranga City to assess the effectiveness of the 30 km/h zone in Mount Maunganui, in terms of vehicle speeds and crashes, taking into account any changes in traffic volumes since its introduction in August 2011. A control zone immediately south of the study area, where the 50 km/h speed limit remained unchanged, was used as a basis for comparing general changes in the area. Five years of speed, volume, and crash data before and after implementation found that the expected number of crashes in the 30 km/h zone fell by 21%.

rural 60k speed limitViaStrada was commissioned by Environment Canterbury (ECan), on behalf of the Regional Road Safety Working Group (RRSWG), to undertake different tasks concerning speed management, road safety data sources and monitoring.

Cycle beware signChristchurch City Council commissioned ViaStrada to investigate concerns about central city tram tracks causing problems for people on bikes. Using a public online survey, ViaStrada gathered information about 3 years worth of cycle accidents and near-accidents and made recommendations to help mitigate the problem.

Glen receiving the Biketober awardMost of the time, we have a client who pays the bills. Sometimes, we work for the love of it to give back to the community. Biketober in 2017 was an example of the latter. Helen and Glen were heavily involved in organising the affairs, with our staff doing much of the event management, and Helen in particular looked after the marketing components.

At the 2WALKandCYCLE Conference in 2018, Biketober Christchurch 2017 was the category winner in the Revolutionary Award for the best activity.

Workshop participants review a draft cycle network mapUnder secondment to PNCC, ViaStrada's John Lieswyn led the review of the existing cycle network and development of a costed and prioritised list of corridor improvements.

Speed and volume graphicFor five schools in the central city, ViaStrada developed an area-wide plan for road safety improvements including options for the optimisation of on-street parking. The work include a full review of parking capacity, occupancy, speed and volume data.

MapViaStrada undertook a city-wide cycling network evaluation (July 2018). Existing conditions auditing included video and ArcGIS data collector; development of concept plans and cross sections for five corridors including off-street pathways, neighbourhood greenways (quiet streets), and on-street cycleways. Minor crossing improvements were also identified and mapped.