Tracy has over 15 years experience in the transportation planning and engineering field. She has a wide range of skills including Integrated Transport Assessments, policy development and scheme design. A primary focus of her work has been the planning, design and implementation of walking and cycling facilities. She also brings recent research experience in applying relevant international experience to the Australasian context. Tracy is an experienced project manager of both small and large scale projects with excellent communication skills and experience working across different geographical regions and technical disciplines.
Tracy has always worked with people in the community to design the transport environment to enable people with disabilities to be as independent as possible. Following on from her involvement in the preparation of the updated RTS 14 she provides specialist advice on designing for people with disabilities. She has undertaken several pedestrian research studies including 'Neighbourhood Accessibility Planning' to improve pedestrian and cycle safety. With her expertise in planning for pedestrians, Tracy has undertaken training sessions with local councils and internal staff on how best to plan and design for pedestrians and cycling.
What Tracy has to say:
What made you decide to become a transportation engineer?
I completed my first degree at Staffordshire University in the UK, where there was a focus on sustainable transport as part of my course. From there, I was hooked and I wanted to provide genuine opportunities for people to use more sustainable transport choices.
What did you do before joining Abley?
I was a senior transportation engineer for another consultancy, which involved undertaking streetscape, walking, cycling and transport design projects. I was also the job manager and technical team member for over ten Australasian research projects, which were at the cutting edge of innovation in providing practical advice to Local Councils. Prior to that, I worked for both Local Authorities and a consultancy in the UK with a focus on walking and cycling and accessible environments. I also gained wider transport planning and engineering experience by developing transport policies, transport studies, travel planning and bus corridor design and implementation, as well as lots of consultation with local communities and the local press.
What does a typical day in the office include?
My day starts with good strong cup of Yorkshire tea and then to work! As a job manager I spend time communicating with clients and fellow staff on projects. I also engage my technical skills writing and reviewing reports before they are issued to clients.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy knowing that designing an environment that caters for all users results in safer environments with more transport choice and that people with disabilities are able to travel more independently. I also enjoy working collaboratively with clients and my colleagues alike to achieve the best outcomes for a project as possible. Engaging with local communities is a vital and fun part of the job.
What’s been your career highlight so far?
I have to say a particular highlight was presenting the results of my 'Re-allocation of Road Space' research project in Auckland alongside my former UK university mentor, Rod Tolley (an internationally renowned walking and cycling expert). Although I have presented at international conferences, that was the most nervous I have ever been. The event went well and our combined experience provided Auckland Transport staff and council members with some practical advice on how to cater for pedestrians and cyclists along busy transport corridors.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I gain immense pleasure from teaching my toddler new things and seeing him grow more independent and inquisitive each day. The spare time I have left is spent discovering what there is to find about my ancestors, I have been researching my family tree for over 20 years and there are still mysteries to be unlocked. I also enjoy playing badminton and am a long time beleaguered Everton football fan. When I get the chance, I try to practice my clarinet playing skills.