Bridget Spence

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Bridget Spence


Bridget Spence

Transportation Planner

About Bridget:

Bridget is a transportation planner with experience in transport policy in the local government sector. Bridget completed her Bachelor of Science in Geography and Master of Planning at the University of Otago. Bridget is developing her skills in traffic and transportation planning and GIS and has a special interest in public transport planning, road safety and parking demand management. 

What Bridget had to say:

What made you decide to become a transportation planner?

I enjoyed studying resource management in my undergraduate degree, which lead me to undertake my Masters in Planning. I then had work experience at a regional council in the transport team which was very interesting and instilled my passion for transport. Following on from this, I decided to do my master’s thesis on planning for public transport in Christchurch following the 2010/ 2011 earthquakes. Researching a topic that would add value to Christchurch was a unique and rewarding experience. I thoroughly enjoyed working on my thesis,  so continuing work in the transport sector was a logical path for me.

What did you do before joining Abley?

Before moving to Christchurch and joining Abley I was at the University of Otago completing my thesis on planning for public transport in Christchurch. Following the submission of my thesis, I spent a bit of time travelling overseas, through Russia, Mongolia and China by train.

What does a typical day in the office include?

After a short cycle to work and a cup of tea I work on a variety of projects. This could be completing transportation assessments, research reports or conducting site visits and parking studies. I also like to keep the Abley social calendar full of exciting events.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Learning from my brilliant colleagues who are very knowledgeable in the transport and GIS sectors is very rewarding. Also, working with a friendly group in a great working environment makes the job even more enjoyable.

What’s the most challenging thing about your job?

Juggling various projects and learning new things as you go, while trying to think critically and outside the box.

What’s been your career highlight so far?

Submitting my thesis was very rewarding. Spending 8 months on a project from its inception to completion make you become quite attached!

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I really enjoy playing a wide range of sport, especially badminton and squash. Christchurch offers great biking and the outdoor trails for running, not to mention great new paths for some roller skating! In the colder months in Christchurch, I also revel in crafts such as painting and calligraphy.