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Dr Glen Koorey, PhD ME Cantuar, CMEngNZ, joined ViaStrada in a full time capacity in April 2016, having spent the previous 12 years with the University of Canterbury and, prior to that, 10 years with Opus International Consultants. He has a PhD in Transportation Engineering, as well as ME(Civil), BSc(CompSci), and BE(Hons)(Civil) degrees, all from Canterbury University. Glen is well known in the transportation engineering community in New Zealand, and regularly presents at conferences and other forums.
Glen was a senior lecturer in transportation engineering at the University of Canterbury, with an emphasis on applying practical exercises in both teaching and research where students could actively contribute to the sector. He taught (and undertook research and consulting) in a range of Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering topics, particularly in the areas of road safety, geometric design, and sustainable transport. As an academic, Glen also travelled extensively internationally to study overseas best practices in many aspects of transport. He remains an Adjunct Senior Fellow with Canterbury, providing guest lecturing and student mentoring support.
Since joining ViaStrada, Glen has undertaken consulting and research work across a variety of areas, particularly in planning/design for walking & cycling, speed/traffic management, and road safety data analysis. He has been involved in helping to develop and update most walking & cycling national guidance, carrying out road safety audits & reviews, trialling new signs/markings/signals, and reviewing speed limits for areas and corridors. Glen has also worked on such diverse topics as low-powered mobility devices, school road safety clusters, revising walking/cycling road rules, 'Bikes in Schools' programmes, highway fatigue safety strategies, contra-flow cycleways, future transport technologies, and Safety Audit & Network Functionality (SANF) reviews.
Glen is a certified Safe System Assessor, Level Crossing Safety Impact Assessor, and Traffic Management Inspector; he is also the Transportation Group NZ rep on the national Active Modes Infrastructure Group (AMIG). As a skilled presenter, he has also continued to deliver regular university transport course guest lectures and multi-modal industry training workshops, and is also regularly called on by media for expert comment.
Some services that Glen can provide at ViaStrada include:
- Traffic calming design/review and development of speed management plans
- Planning, design and audit/review of provision for walking and cycling
- Design and analysis of traffic and research studies
- Project safety audits/reviews of new and existing roads and pathways
- Review/amendment of existing land transport rules and regulations
- Road safety and crash investigation/reduction studies
- Development and review of technical/policy guidelines for transport
- Future transport technologies / "Mobility as a Service" (MaaS)
- Simulation modelling of rural highways and overtaking opportunities
- Geometric design of rural roads, urban streets, and intersections
- Guest lecturing and training course delivery on transport topics
Outside of work, Glen also continues to be involved in some local cycling advocacy and runs the blog-site Cycling in Christchurch. With his partner, he enjoys trying out new walks, rides, and places to visit, both locally and further afield.