Abley Auckland staff and 26,000 other Aucklanders participated in the annual Ports of Auckland Round the Bays on March 3, 2019. The run was an 8.4km race along Auckland’s scenic waterfront and the very fine weather made for an excellent morning of running. The hot weather and large crowd were some challenges facing Abley’s ten runners, but all finished the course in competitive times.
Congratulations to Jeanette Ward, who has recently been appointed National Committee Chair of the ENZ Transportation Group.
Recent news that Auckland’s Northwestern cycleway is sparking conflict between pedestrians and cyclists raises some questions about the nature and operation of shared paths. In this case, cyclists travelling at up to 40kph have been deemed a danger to pedestrians sharing the path, and walking buses have been cancelled.
Abley has a significant presence at this year’s Transportation Group conference, with seven abstracts accepted for presentation in road safety, active transport and planning. In addition, Bridget Carden is a finalist for the 3M Innovation Award and Jeanette Ward will become (the first female) chair of the Transportation Group National Committee going forward.
Abley are proud to host a Christchurch workshop led by Nick Rabbets, the Managing Director of TRICS Consortium UK. Nick is travelling across Australia and New Zealand to present up to two, hour long workshops which will cover the role of the Trips Database Bureau (TDB), a how to guide to using the TRICS database and the new survey guidelines. Nick will be in Christchurch on the 28th February and will be presenting at the Abley Office located on 137 Victoria Street. The workshop runs from 2pm-4pm followed by drinks. Nick will also be presenting at the Auckland and Wellington Beca offices on the 22nd and 23rd of February respectively.
The New Zealand Transport Agency have recently announced another Hackathon event, to be held from 15-17 March 2019 in Auckland. This year's theme is “Mode+Alt+Shift, Moving People / Not Machines", challenging participants to unleash the potential of technology to open up people’s travel choices in New Zealand.
Numbers do not lie and unfortunately these numbers tell me something I have been trying to ignore over the Christmas and New Year break. Yes, I will finally admit it. I am officially overweight by Ministry of Health standards. But why am I making this confession in a work blog? This is why…
Abley are pleased to announce the appointment of Kelly Smith to their Board of Directors. Kelly will join existing Board Members David Pimblott, Ross Major and Paul Durdin, as an independent director and will provide strategic and business planning expertise.
Courtney Groundwater has returned to Abley after time working in Colombia and the UK. In the UK Courtney was working in a Transport Strategy and Economics team, managing and contributing to the development of business cases across a range of transport infrastructure including light rail, road safety and the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street in London. Courtney is excited to return to her roots at Abley, bring an extended set of skills and fresh international perspective to the New Zealand transport sector.