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New Guidelines for equitable funding of pavement maintenance for low volume roads have been developed to assist Councils in considering options for funding the local share of road maintenance.  Read more >>

Coronial recommendations and comments for 1 July to 31 December 2016 have been uploaded.  See >>

Transport Knowledge Hub -  See >>         

Transport Intelligence Digest - Issue 4 May 2017

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CALENDAR

Forum meeting: 28 July

Forum working group meetings

Research and Guidelines Steering Group - 27 July, Wellington, 

Special Interest Group on Low Volume Roads, Dust Working Group - 4 August, teleconference 

Active Modes Infrastructure Group - 17 October, Christchurch, 

Shared Footpaths Group - 17 August, Wellington, 

Road-Rail Issues Group - 21 July, Wellington,

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2017

January

27th - REG meeting, NZTA National Office 5.07, Wellington

February

13th - Road Dust Working Group meeting, LGNZ, Wellington

15th - Universal access to public transport, Research workshop, University of Auckland

16th - Local Government Infrastructure Management Forum, Rydges Hotel, Wellington

17th - Signposting the routes to active transport, Public Health Summer School - otago.ac.nz/activetransport

23-24th - SNUG Workshop 2017, Tauranga (Haydn.Wardley@tauranga.govt.nz)

24th - IPWEANZ Gisborne/Hawkes Bay meeting

24th - REG meeting, NZTA National Office 5.07, Wellington

March

3rd - Road-Rail Issues Working Group meeting, NZTA National Office 2.32, Wellington

16-17th - Land Development Engineering Forum, Mercure Hotel, Wellington

17th - RCA Forum, James Cook Hotel, Wellington

21-22nd - Safety 360, Ellerslie, Auckland

22-23rd - Road Infrastructure Management Forum, Waipuna Hotel, Auckland

29-31st - IPENZ Transportation Group Conference, Distinction Hotel, Hamilton

31st - REG meeting, NZTA National Office 5.07, Wellington

April

11th - Shared Footpaths Group meeting, NZTA Boardroom, Wellington

12th - AMIG meeting, NZTA Boardroom, Wellington

20th - SIG-LVR meeting, NZTA National Office 2.32, Wellington

28th - REG meeting, NZTA National Office 5.07, Wellington

May

12th - IPWEANZ Wairoa/East Coast meeting

21-24th - 5th International Saferoads Conference, Auckland 

26th - REG meeting, NZTA National Office 5.07, Wellington

June

6th - RCA Forum Executive meeting

21st - Trafinz Workshop, Pedestrian Safety, Westplaza Hotel, Wellington, 9.30 to noon

22-24th - IPWEANZ Conference, Dunedin Centre, Dunedin

30th - REG meeting, NZTA National Office 5.07, Wellington

July

23-25th - Local Government NZ conference, Skycity, Auckland

28th - RCA Forum, James Cook Hotel, Wellington

28th - REG meeting, NZTA National Office 5.07, Wellington

28th - NZ Walking Summit, St Andrews on The Terrace, Wellington

August

25th - REG meeting, NZTA National Office 5.07, Wellington

September

13-15th - Low Volume Roads Workshop, Trinity Wharf, Tauranga  - See flier >>

19th - RCA Forum Executive meeting

19-21st - Walk21 Conference, Calgary, Canada

28-29th - SoLGM, Rotorua

29th - REG meeting, NZTA National Office 5.07, Wellington

October

27th - REG meeting, NZTA National Office 5.07, Wellington

November

17th - RCA Forum, James Cook Hotel, Wellington

24th - REG meeting, NZTA National Office 5.07, Wellington

27th - 39th ATRF, 4th Transport Knowledge Conference and OECD/ITF Roundtable, Auckland

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Out for Consultation

The Special Interest Group on Low Volume Roads sought feedback on draft Guidelines for equitable funding of pavement maintenance for low volume roads. The consultation period ran from 19 June to 14 July 2017.  Download Consultation Draft.  See Key points for consultation.  

Submissions

Setting of Speed Limits Rule (2017)

This introduces a new approach to setting speed limits.  Consultation ran from 4 May to 16 June 2017.  The RCA Forum coordinated feedback from members and collaborated with Local Government New Zealand to make a submission through LGNZ. See Submission.

Energy Innovation (Electric Vehicles and Other Matters) Amendment Bill

The Commerce Committee sought submissions on the Energy Innovation (Electric Vehicles and Other Matters) Amendment Bill.  The bill amended the Land Transport Act 1998 and the Road User Charges Act 2012 to implement measures to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs), specifically by extending the road user charge exemption to include heavy electric vehicles and clarifying a bylaw-making power so that road controlling authorities may make bylaws to provide for EVs to have access to bus and high occupancy vehicle lanes.  It also amended the Electricity Industry Act 2010 and the Energy (Fuels, Levies, and References) Act 1989 to allow the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) to focus levy funding on the areas where the greatest impact can be made, as well as to improve the operation and administration of those levies, and the Electricity Industry Act 2010 to clarify how electricity industry legislation applies to secondary networks as a growing business model in the sector.  See Submission.

Land Transport Amendment Bill 

The Bill introduced a raft of changes dealing with alcohol interlocks, fare evasion, fleeing drivers, heavy vehicles, small passenger services and various miscellaneous amendments.  LGNZ led a joint submission by LGNZ, the TSIG of regional councils and the RCA Forum.  See Submission.

Petition 2014/59 of Joanne Clendon 

The Shared Footpaths Group strongly supported the RCA Forum submission on the petition of Joanne Clendon to change the Road User Rule to allow cycling on footpaths by children under 14 years of age, accompanying adults, seniors over the age of 65, or vulnerable adults; to make bells mandatory for any bicycle used on footpaths or shared use paths; and to allow local authorities to exclude, on a reasonable basis, certain areas of footpath from being used for cycling.  See Submission.

Ratified documents

 

Latest research 

"Approaches to estimating regional input-output tables."     New research reports >>

"Transition from visual condition rating of cracking, shoving and racelling to automatic data collection."    New research reports >>

"Assessing the value of public transport as a network."    New research reports >>

"Maintaining the effectiveness ofaudio tactile profiled roadmarkings for their full life cycle."     New research reports >>

"The relationship between vehicle axle loadings and pavement wear on local roads."    New research reports >>

 

Overseas research reports of interest  

"Safety in Numbers for Cyclists in England: Measuring the Effect."  (UK, Road Safety Analysis)  Several international studies have pointed to the effect known as 'safety in numbers' (SIN), which suggests that when there are more cyclists on the road, the rate of injury collisions involving cyclists reduces. Using data from every English local authority, George Ursachi and Richard Owen explored whether SIN can be demonstrated, and what different levels of risk exist.  Preliminary findings include:

  • More cycling makes cycling safer;
  • There are big discrepancies in risk to cyclists;
  • The opportunity for savings is greater in areas with low levels of cycling, although as the injury rates are so much higher, investment in appropriate safe systems for cyclists is even more important than in areas with relatively safer records;
  • More cyclists on the roads will result in an increase in the absolute number of injured cyclists unless significant measures are put in place at the same times as increasing numbers.
 

"The Value of the Bus to Society."  (UK, Greener Journeys)  Research by KPMG and the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds for Greener Journeys shows that investment in local bus infrastructure delivers up to £7 in economic benefit for every £1 spent on local bus priority measures. 

The report, The Value of the Bus to Society, demonstrates the important role that buses have in helping to reduce social deprivation in the UK, where 1 in 4 people is at risk of social exclusion, and 1 in 4 people do not have access to a car.  It finds that a 10% improvement in local bus services is linked to a 3.6% reduction in social deprivation across England, taking into account employment, income, life expectancy and skills.
 
Importantly, it concludes that a 10% improvement in local bus services in the ten most deprived neighbourhoods across England would result in:
a 2.7% fall in employment deprivation (9,909 more jobs) 
a 2.8% drop in income deprivation (22,647 people with more) 
2,596 fewer years of life lost
7,313 more people with adult skills
0.7% increase in post-16 education

"Understanding direct and indirect driver vision from Heavy Goods Vehicles." (UK, Loughborough University)  Research by Loughborough Design School for Transport for London (TfL) analysed 19 of the most popular HGVs to understand blind spots.  They digitally scanned all 19 vehicles to create exact CAD models that could then be accurately assessed. Then using real accident data they were able to recreate scenarios involving vulnerable road users, placing them in a number of defined locations adjacent to all 19 vehicles and plot exactly where blind spots existed. 

The research found the height of the cab above the ground is the key vehicle factor which affects the size of direct vision and indirect vision blind spots. Low entry cab designs, which are the lowest of the 19 vehicles tested, demonstrated real benefits in terms of reducing direct vision blind spots when compared to standard vehicle designs. See press release.  Get Summary Report.  See graphic of accidents due to blind spots on heavy goods vehicles (UK).
 

 New research reports >>

Last updated: 24 July 2017