In recent times, Abley has provided traffic advice on several developments where a new vehicle access or changes to an existing vehicle access was required.
Inappropriate or excessive speed is a major road safety issue in New Zealand and Australia, resulting in approximately a third of road accident deaths. Haris Zia of Abley is running a series of workshops throughout September in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney and Brisbane as part of a research project commissioned by Austroads into the applicability of Infrastructure Risk Rating (IRR) for use by State and Local Governments.
School cycle parking. Such a simple thing to provide - one would think. Penny Gray recently presented at the 2WalkandCycle conference, and examined the lack of guidance in providing good cycle parking in schools. This has resulted in insufficient, poorly designed, inconveniently placed, poorly kept cycle parking in many schools. A situation that does not encourage cycling to school.
It’s true, Palmy rocks! This was confirmed at the 2WALKandCYCLE conference, held from 30 July - 1 August 2018 in Palmerston North. I had heard earlier in the year at the Urbanism NZ Conference that there was a big push to revive the heart of the city through events and funky urban initiatives such as parklets and street art. I wasn’t disappointed, as the Palmerston North City Council (PNCC) had laid it on with some tactical urbanism right in front of the conference centre. Overnight they had painted the drop off area and adjacent intersection, and chucked some bean bags around on the entrance forecourt – boom!
Blog written by Kyle Turnbull, Graduate Spatial Adviser, Abley
Did you enjoy your commute last week? Did you find your normal 30 minute stop start drive was reduced to less than 20 minutes, with a straight run to the office? It's well known that the volume of traffic is noticably reduced during the school holidays. But it’s not just a congestion issue drivers face during the school term. This extra traffic also increases the risk of accidents around schools and exacerbates air quality problems, which in turn affects the health of the whole community.
The Christchurch office’s mid-winter do was held this year in the stunning surrounds of Mona Vale. The ‘black and bling’ theme produced an array of shiny, glittery party goers, the gents in dapper suits with slicked back hair and the ladies sparkling their LBD’s and heels. After a very tasty three course meal and delicious wines, the music started with the excellent live band ‘Soul Shine‘. Within five minutes, tentative toe tapping morphed into a leg stamping, hip gyrating, heaving, rock n roll jive of a dancing event which went on for hours. At midnight sweaty and exhilarated we tumbled out ready to move on to the next venue. The next day my aching hips and feet let me know I’m not 20 anymore but nevermind, it was a great night! Until next time Christchurch office – you sure know how to throw a good party. Written by Vanessa Sears, Business Coordinator.
We are delighted to announce that five abstracts submitted by Abley staff have been accepted for presentation at the Australasian Road Safety Conference to be held 3 - 5 October in Sydney this year.
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