Walking and cycling, which are also known as active transport modes, have many benefits for our communities and individuals. More people walking and cycling can improve public health, reduce transport emissions, stimulate economic activity, promote accessibility and community cohesion and reduce traffic congestion.
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Our services range from the planning and prioritising of facilities for walking and cycling, to design and business case development to secure funding, to specific areas of research to improve practitioner’s body of knowledge to better provide for walking and cycling modes. We work around the country to assist central and local government and private entities to plan and provide better for active transport.
As the population ages and more people choose to walk to be active and save money, the number of pedestrians on our networks increases. To support these users our footpaths and intersections need to be pedestrian friendly, and amenities such as seats and drinking fountains need to be commonplace. Our team are passionate about creating safe, efficient and enjoyable walking networks throughout the country.
Cycling can be a very efficient mode of transport to get from A to B, particularly for short trips. Government policy currently targets cycling, particularly cycle safety, as an area for investment. Well-designed infrastructure in the right location is the key to targeting the ‘interested but concerned’ cyclists in the population and increasing cycle mode share. As a company of predominantly keen cyclists we are immensely proud of the role we play in developing and promoting cycle networks around the country.
Business cases are required by the NZ Transport Agency to provided evidence that a project is aligned with the Government Policy Statement in order to receive funding from the National Land Transport Fund. We have experience in compiling all parts of business cases for active transport projects including Strategic Fit, Effectiveness and Benefit and Cost Appraisal. In particular our experience includes appraisal of school travel plans, cycle networks and key pedestrian facilities such as footbridges.
Non motorised road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and equestrian, make up a large number of the users on our roads and are a particularly vulnerable group. Giving particular consideration to the needs of the elderly, mobility and vision impaired and young children we undertake non motorised user audits – in-depth studies of existing and proposed facilities to ensure every member of the community is being considered.
A Community Street Review is a nationally recognised standard for measuring the walkability of a network and determining whether footpaths and intersections are walking friendly. They contain both a qualitative consumer audit and a quantitative rating, and allow practitioners to identify areas of poor performance and design improvement strategies accordingly. Having researched, developed and executed Community Street Reviews right around the country we are experts when it comes to helping communities develop safe and enjoyable walking networks.