Glen Koorey

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Director – Principal Transportation Engineer & Transportation Planner
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027 739 6905


Dr Glen Koorey, PhD ME Cantuar, FEngNZ 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.

User Publications

How do we sell the benefits of lower speeds? (2W&C 2024)
Does road-space reallocation affect network VKT?
Has Cycling Safety in New Zealand improved?
How do we sell the Benefits of Lower Speeds?
How do we measure Harm in Transport? (TG2023)
Implications from the study of Road Transport Accident Costs
How do we measure Harm in Land Transport? (ARSC)
Research note 006: Infrastructure for quick-build cycleways
Hidden Harm: Walking Injuries in Auckland
Pathways for chartered transportation professionals in NZ
Cycling Network Guidance updates
NZAA: Speed Management & Cycle Planning/Design
Colour my world: safe, sensible surfaces
Cycling and the law: Road Rules around biking
Does speed greatly affect travel time?
Cycling Infrastructure: If you build it, will they come? (and will they be safe?)
Who should control Mobility as a Service?
Mechanics and politics of changing a speed limit
Has the Christchurch Central City 30km/h zone worked?
Dunedin Schools Cluster – a precinct approach to safety
Developing and implementing local speed management plans
The future of transport will be MaaS-ive...
Neighbourhood Greenways – the missing piece of the puzzle
Transport resilience and earthquakes – lessons from Christchurch
Patterns in NZ truck-bike crashes
Factors influencing red light running
E-bike and low-powered vehicles standards and safety
Designing safer railway crossings for walking and cycling
Moving on from the almighty car: Future transport in Christchurch
Developing options for contraflow cycleways
Changing rural speed limits
Review of Road User Rules for people walking and cycling
Making the case for lower speeds: tackling the concerns
Four types of cyclist
Learnings from cycling in Europe
Making space in narrow cross sections
The effect of cycle lanes on cycling numbers and safety
Effect of on-street parking on traffic speeds
The feasibility of implementing international "pedestrian crosswalk" laws in New Zealand
High Visibility and Cycling ‐ Balancing Safety and Culture
Assessment of bicycle lane separators (TG)
Assessing the environmental capacity of local residential streets
Putting the “e” into advocate: online content management systems
Effect of road bendiness on traffic crashes
The effects of the Pages Road cycle lane on traffic flow operations and cyclist safety
Fundamentals of Planning and Design for Cycling: course notes
Building our way out of congestion
Planning for certainty through sustainable transportation
Accommodating cyclists at signalised intersections
Planning and design for cycling: developing best practice in New Zealand
How safe are roundabouts for cyclists?