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ViaStrada finalists in NZ's top cycling awards

Submitted by helen on 17 October 2017 - 15:13
** STOP PRESS - CNG WORK RECEIVES HIGHLY COMMENDED AWARD ** Finalists were recently announced for New Zealand's 2017 Bike to the Future awards, and ViaStrada are excited to feature on the list! We worked with Abley Transportation on the Cycling Network Guidance project, which is a finalist for the Innovation Hub Award. The winners will be announced at the Asia-Pacific Cycle Congress awards dinner in Christchurch on 19 October.

Member of Trafinz

Submitted by axel on 4 October 2017 - 10:15

During 2017, ViaStrada joined Trafinz, the New Zealand Local Authority Traffic Institute. Whilst we obviously aren't a local authority, Trafinz is a principal champion for road safety initiatives, and that makes them a logical partner for us. The snag, however, has always been that their corporate membership fees were affordable only for large corporates. We pointed this out to them and they very swiftly added a membership class for smaller outfits. Good on them, and we are now a happy new member.

2017 Papanui Parallel staff tour

Submitted by axel on 19 June 2017 - 10:25

On 19 June 2017, the ViaStrada team met for breakfast at Meshino in St Albans before riding the Papanui Parallel (Puari ki Papanui), one of the Major Cycle Routes under construction. We last checked out the route as a team in December 2015 when it was just an idea; now it's almost there. We rode the whole length, starting at the Railway Cycleway where it crosses Sawyers Arms Road.

KiwiRail accreditation

Submitted by axel on 16 June 2017 - 10:10

Have you heard yet that KiwiRail has accredited a number of industry professionals? Going forward, any safety audit that incorporates a level crossing will be required to have a KiwiRail-accredited team member.

Also, modifications to or new designs for rail crossings are from now on subject to a Level Crossing Safety Impact Assessment (LCSIA) and, before KiwiRail will accept any design, you need a review from a KiwiRail-accredited reviewer.

Get in touch with ViaStrada if your work requires a KiwiRail-accredited professional.

ViaStrada sucks at cycling

Submitted by axel on 5 March 2017 - 13:43

It's official: ViaStrada sucks at cycling. You may ask - how come? Well, we entered the Aotearoa Bike Challenge where staff record their bike trips for a month. And we came a miserable 14th in our category (7 to 19 staff). All of us bike to work; most of us every day. Not everybody works every day, so it took until day 2 before we hit 100% participation. What scores highly, though, is to encourage non-cycling staff to give it a go. And there we failed miserably; we simply don't have those people on the team.

Widen roundabouts for safety

Submitted by axel on 1 September 2016 - 14:03

You may have read in The Press that Dr Glen Koorey advocated for Christchurch City Council to widen roundabouts, and build more large roundabouts, to reduce crashes for drivers and people cycling (The Press, 31 Aug 2016, page A5). Surprised? So was he! Because that is certainly not what he had told the reporter who rang him the day prior.

ViaStrada's John Lieswyn featured in ITE Journal

Submitted by john on 6 May 2016 - 14:55

Senior transportation planner John Lieswyn is featured in the "Member to Member" profile for the May 2016 issue of ITE Journal. The journal is the monthly publication of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. The Institute was founded in 1930. It has over 13,000 members in 90 countries and is the pre-eminent professional body for transportation professionals worldwide.