In our experience, integrating transport expertise into the team at an early stage results in smoother sign-offs and fewer changes later.
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.
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".
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.
Our Software Development team are currently participating in #HackForBetterDays, a virtual Hackathon organised by HERE Technologies in partnership with IBM, running from 24 April - 24 May 2020. HERE Technologies provide mapping, location data and other related services to business and individuals focused around a cloud-based platform.
You know the old saying “you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone?” This struck me hard last week while observing a parent out biking with their three young kids. The look of sadness mixed with fear and disbelief on their faces two large trucks and several other vehicles raced past reminded me of what we lost in Level 3, in the excitement of being able to head out for fast food and coffee. It was pleasing to see that the family felt confident enough to ride on the road, but you couldn’t help but wonder how long they would continue doing so with the return of fast-moving traffic through the local streets.
As New Zealand heads out of Level 3 into Level 2, this gives us an opportunity to reflect on how this has affected our road networks at both Level 4 and Level 3. This follows up on our previous blog and is based on an assessment of a selection of Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency traffic count data.