Friday 8th March was International Women’s Day. It was great to see so many positive messages across social media and news channels in support of women all over the world. This year, the theme was #BalanceforBetter so I decided to take the opportunity to reflect on my first year working in an industry that’s tackling a serious gender imbalance.
This week I was lucky enough to attend the annual EngNZ Transportation Group conference - always one of the highlights of my year. This year's theme, "The Changing Face of Transport", was particularly relevant. Not only in the context of Central Government change, and the associated policy changes that fall out of that, but in the changes we are seeing globally around drivers for transport investment and the form in which transport infrastructure is being delivered.
Abley are delighted to share our recent research for Austroads demonstrating the application of proactive road risk models in Australia, accompanied by an Infrastructure Risk Rating (IRR) online tool.
Congratulations to Rebecca Tuke for winning the 2019 3M Traffic Safety Young Professional award, announced at the Transportation Group Conference dinner held at Parliament in Wellington on 5th March.
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.