Active Modes Infrastructure

The Active Modes Infrastructure Group encourages all practitioners to take advantage of opportunities for up-to-date training in planning and designing cycling infrastructure. Two courses are being offered by ViaStrada.

27 September 2017 - Fundamentals of planning and design for cycling (Auckland): A full-day course in central Auckland covering a wide range of aspects related to planning and designing for cycling, particularly for those without any formal training in this area. The course will also make reference to various new components of the NZTA Cycling Network Guidance. It is aimed at anybody planning, designing or reviewing roads or other facilities that will be used for cycling. This includes planners, road and traffic engineers and managers, road safety practitioners, decision makers and cycling advocates. Practitioners new to New Zealand may also find it helpful to gain appreciation of local planning and design practices.

17 October 2017 - Advanced intersection design workshop (Christchurch)Immediately before the Asia Pacific Cycle Congress in Christchurch, ViaStrada will hold a full-day training workshop in advanced cycleway design for intersections. This will be an interactive workshop looking at how to incorporate various cycleway styles (protected, on-road painted, shared street) with different intersection styles (signalised, roundabout, priority). For each workshop topic, participants will be given a brief overview presentation, a group design exercise to work on, and an opportunity to discuss the findings at the end. New guidance material from NZTA’s Cycling Network Guidance will also be referenced. This course is aimed at designers tasked with delivering cycleways with intersection treatments; ideally participants will already be familiar with fundamental aspects of simple cycleway design and/or intersection design.

Registration details are available at https://viastrada.nz/cycling-training for both courses. Costs will be $650+GST per day for early-bird registrations (discounts for community/advocate registrations). For more information, contact Glen Koorey (glen@viastrada.nz, ph.027-7396905). Book soon!

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Walking and cycling, the active transport modes, have been recognised to bring significant benefits at a societal and economic level.  Greater investment in active transport modes has been urged by health professional bodies.  Walking, cycling and other active modes are an increasing component of the mode mix across the network.  The appropriate provision for active transport modes will require deliberate consideration when optimising the network.

As urban populations increase, optimising the safety and efficiency of the network is becoming increasingly important. The Road Safety Strategy 2010-2020 invokes the principles of a Safe System to minimise death or serious injury in the event of a crash. Active modes are considered a medium priority in the Safer Journeys strategy, which looks to “achieve a reduction in the crash risk for pedestrians and particularly cyclists, while at the same time encouraging an increase in use of these modes through safer roading infrastructure”.

To ensure the optimal efficiency of urban networks and achieve an urban and rural network increasingly free of death and serious injury in the context of the active modes, it is critical that the sector works together collaboratively to put best practice into the hands of practitioners, and ensure interventions are delivered consistently across the network. 

The Research and Guidelines Steering Group agreed to establish a working group in August 2012 to consider cycle lane signage and whether there was a need for new markings or signs.  The working group has successfully conducted trials of new markings in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Palmerston North and Dunedin during 2014 that are expected to lead to amendments of the Road User Rule and TCD Rule.  See Cycling Markings.

Active Modes Infrastructure Group

At its meeting in April 2014, the working group discussed its role within the rapidly changing environment for all active modes and agreed that a group with a wider and more strategic focus than just nationally consistent markings for cycling infrastructure was needed.  There is a real risk in such an environment that the limited resources of individual councils can be stretched or wasted as they seek to respond to changing demands in the absence of clear guidance on best practice.  When the group reconvened in Auckland in June 2014, it adopted new terms of reference and a programme for the next year with a wider scope to address all aspects of the provision of infrastructure for active transport modes.  See current terms of reference.

The Active Modes Infrastructure Group follows the established model for collaboration within the Road Controlling Authorities Forum in response to changing needs within the sector to ensure sector problems and solutions are agreed, owned and implemented consistently by the sector.  Go to Working Group (AMIG) page for group meetings.

The objective of the Active Modes Infrastructure Group is to:

  • Identify best practice and make this available to practitioners;
  • develop and promote sector agreement;
  • develop or steer development of guideline documents; and
  • promote consistent implementation of best practice in the context of active modes.