Wellness week at work

Posted on: July 2, 2020 at 1:18 PM    

In celebration of Wellbeing Week (22-28 June), Abley introduced some new wellbeing initiatives and organised some wellness-focused activities for the team.

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Sustainable solutions to fight climate change

Posted on: June 17, 2020 at 2:13 PM    

As individuals, an industry and a country, we’ve fought hard against COVID-19 and can now (cautiously) enjoy the privileges of being in a country with very few cases of the virus remaining. Can we now step up and fight climate change with the same collective commitment?  

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Abley success in hackathon #HackForBetterDays

Posted on: June 11, 2020 at 12:37 PM    

Abley's Web & Software Development team entry "Solitude" was recently awarded first place in Oceania for the HERE Technologies’ virtual hackathon #HackForBetterDays.

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Tactical Urbanism Tip #3: Road Safety

Posted on: June 10, 2020 at 8:48 AM    

Getting sign off to implement a tactical urbanism project often comes down to road safety. While in the transport industry we understand the safety impacts of more traditional projects, tactical urbanism is novel and can bring with it a ‘fear of the unknown’. Key considerations when weighing up the level of road safety risk include: 

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Tactical Urbanism Tip #2: Integrate a Transport Engineer at an early stage

Posted on: June 9, 2020 at 10:36 AM    

In our experience, integrating transport expertise into the team at an early stage results in smoother sign-offs and fewer changes later. 

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Safety Project and Treatment Evaluation

Posted on: June 4, 2020 at 10:51 AM    

Written by Dr Shane Turner, with input from Professor Bhagwant Persaud and Professor Graham Wood

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Tactical Urbanism Tip #1: Kitsets

Posted on: June 4, 2020 at 10:12 AM    

While working in the UK a few years ago, I (Courtney Groundwater) was really impressed when Sustrans, a charity focused on making it easier for people to walk and cycle throughout the UK, released their ‘Streetkit’. This is a modular set of interlocking plastic units based on a cycle chain design. Streetkit has been used across the UK for pop-up events including outside schools and re-purposing parking bays.

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The lockdown in numbers

Posted on: May 21, 2020 at 10:43 AM    

There have been so many numbers communicated to us on a daily basis during the Covid-19 lockdown. Everyday, many New Zealanders tuned to the 1 o’clock news to listen to the latest update from Dr Ashley Bloomfield and find out how many new Covid-19 cases there were. 

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Webinars - Guidance for designing pedestrian-friendly urban spaces

Posted on: May 19, 2020 at 12:38 PM    

Ann-Marie Head and Jeanette Ward will be presenting two webinars in the coming weeks for Austroads, on "Creating places people enjoy: Guidance for designing pedestrian-friendly urban spaces".

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Living without a car - could you do it?

Posted on: May 18, 2020 at 1:17 PM    

Two years ago, my (Becky Tuke) car was written off on my way to graduation. While I had previously commuted by bike and bus quite regularly, it took a car crash to convince me that perhaps I could live without a car. I gave it a go for a month and have not looked back since. I have massively reduced my reliance on cars; however I cannot claim to be completely car-free, as I carpool with others sometimes and borrow a car on the odd occasion. Without being forced to try it, I am not sure that I would have committed to giving this a go.

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