The linkage between the health benefits of a well-functioning and designed transportation system and increasingly well known.
A team of six runners ventured south in the weekend to compete in the inaugural Queenstown International Marathon. It was a spectacular course that started in Arrowtown (for the marathon runners), near the Shotover River (for the half-marathon runners) and Frankton for the 10km runners. Unfortunately the weather gods were not smiling down on Queenstown on Saturday, but this did not detract from the course, though it did mean a rather soggy finish for all. Ann-Marie Head completed her first marathon, Ruby Kim her first half marathon and Aimee Dunne her first 10km run. Other runners included Paul Durdin, Jared White and Nichola Blue who all completed the half marathon. It was a great effort by all and I’m sure one to be repeated next year!
Paul Durdin and Dale Harris recently attended the Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference (ARSPRE) in Melbourne, where Dale took out the award for “Road Safety Poster Award”.
We are very pleased to announce that Jeanette Ward has recently been awarded her Masters of Engineering in Transportation (MET). Jeanette’s one year project was on - “A decision making framework for assessing the merits of One-way and Two-way streets”. Jeanette’s project was motivated by the diverse views on the Christchurch central city one-way street conversion proposal and the need for a robust decision making tool as other New Zealand cities are also investigating conversions. The research did not conclude which type of street is the best in a generic sense, but focused on what each city needs to consider so it aligns with what is trying to be achieved. The research involved a literature review, industry interviews and a case study. The case study was the potential conversion of a pair of one-way streets in Dunedin to two-way. Congratulations Jeanette we are very proud of you.
We are delighted to announce that six of our staff had abstracts accepted for the IPENZ Transportation Group Conference being held in Christchurch from 22-24 March 2015. Those successful staff are Aimee Dunne “Metro Bus Service Review”, Courtney Groundwater “School Travel Plans”, Dale Harris “Developing a Risk Prediction Model for a Safe System Signature Project”, Haris Zia “Enhanced Identification of High-Risk Intersections”, Jeanette Ward "Rebuilding Kaiapoi – The next instalment” and Stacy Rendall for “Pedestrian Crossings” and “Safety Around Schools.” Congratulations to these staff.
The wind damage in McLeans Island Forest Park late last year was saddening to many members of the Abley team, being regular users of the park’s mountain biking tracks. The recent 12-hour day/nighter and 6 hour blast race event is an annual fixture in our calendar. When a park ranger from ECan approached us recently for engineering advice on the design of a safe road crossing for a temporary walking and cycle track, we were more than happy for Peter Cockrem to donate some time to help get the park up and running again for summer!
Abley is proud to announce that Barry Hayes has recently been accepted as a member of the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI). NZPI supports programmes that foster links with fields of study allied to planning, so long as the core of planning knowledge and skills is maintained in a coherent fashion. Barry brings extensive experience both nationally and globally in a planning environment and is an integral part of our team.