The NZ Transport Agency has published research report 588 ‘Why are some urban traffic signals much less safe than others?’. This research prepared by Paul Durdin, Carl O’ Neil and Dave Smith of Abley involved detailed analysis and site inspection of urban signalised intersections across New Zealand. Traffic volume and intersection form were found to be the main predictors of crash performance as found in previous research. In addition, the information collected through the site visits and subsequent analysis informed the development of design guidance which will help practitioners ensure the best possible safety outcomes for road users. Read the article on this research in our most recent newsletter (issue 119).
Last weekend Abley and Interpret staff enjoyed a weekend away at Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre. Staff enjoyed an action packed Saturday doing walking, rock climbing and high ropes acrobatics (not for the faint hearted!). Some even made it to Hanmer Springs on Sunday for a relaxing dip in the pools. It was a great team bonding experience and much fun was had by all.
The 2016 Australasian Road Safety Conference has just concluded in Canberra. This was a great learning and networking conference with many inspirational speakers. This year's event paid special attention to how we can harness the latest research and innovation to reduce road trauma. The team (Dale Harris, Haris Zia, Subodh Dhakal and Paul Durdin) did a fantastic job with presentations and representing Abley Transportation Consultants. Special mention to Haris for winning the Best Paper by a New Practitioner. Well done Haris!
The Pedestrian Facility Selection Tool Abley developed for Austroads (featured in a recent post) was awarded MeritAt the ACENZ awards dinner held in Auckland last Friday night. This was reflective of the “…great solution that Abley Transportation Consultants provided given the scale and complexity of the project”. This was only one of two transportation non-infrastructure projects in the awards and the highest ranking. We congratulate Dave Smith and Carl O' Neil who worked on this project.
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