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President's Address
Reflections from the Editor
State Branch Meetings
Calling Local Government Members
Cycling & Driver Licensing
Better Headlights
Student Leadership Summit
Transport Engineering About People
England Acts Against Tailgating
Max Lay's New Book
Challenges & Opportunities
AITPM News
> PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE 
Codes of Conduct

Over the past 12 months the Board has accelerated its efforts in updating and preparing new policies to meet obligations of our new company structure and continue to increase our effectiveness and efficiency, while reducing our risk in delivering relevant and professional services to our members and wider industry. To this end, the Board at its September meeting considered two new policies - endorsed a Board Charter, which seeks to define the rights, responsibilities  and roles of the Institutes Board Directors and assist them in fulfilling their duties and obligations as stipulated by our Constitution and the law.

The second policy - DRAFT Code of Conduct for Directors and Committee Members is now open for member comment.  AITPM attributes its success and reputation as a leader in the transport industry to the hard work and dedication of members around the country who volunteer their time to serve on the Board of Directors, State Branch Committees, the National Conference Committee and the Transport Modellers and Young Professional Networks. This volunteer culture is highly valued and offers members significant opportunities to develop and maintain lasting friendships and strong professional networks. This Code of Conduct has been developed to maintain a positive working environment, to protect the reputation and welfare of individual members, to protect the Institute’s brand and reputation and to provide members with guidance on ethical conduct and their obligations when acting on behalf of the Institute.

The DRAFT Code of Conduct is open for member comment until Friday 2 November 2018.  I urge all members to spend the 10 minutes to familiarise themselves with its purpose and principles.  Comments should be forwarded by email to Ms Karen Hooper National Administration Officer aitpm@aitpm.com.  The Board will consider comments and look to endorse a final Code of Conduct at its November 2018 meeting.

Review Draft Code of Conduct for Directors & Committee Members

Showing our young professionals the 'People' approach.

A number of items in this newsletter reflect on the way in which we interact with students and young professionals.  I’m sure, like me, if you look back at your own formative years you will remember those people that helped you progress rather than just those who told you a few one-off facts.  I recall in 1992 during my first 6 months as assistant traffic engineer at a local authority my Manager at the time (Peter Cecil) telling me - 'traffic engineering is neither black nor white, it is always shades of grey' and that 'traffic engineering was 90% human and 10% technical'. These musings shaped my world view and a career of personal behaviours and decision making. How often do we hear people say that the teacher they remembered was the one who fostered them to have a broader vision, more confidence, and an understanding of where you could fit your talents into the real world.  

The article below on Anita Curnow and her presentation to the Student Leadership Summit in Melbourne is a case in point. Her personable approach reflected her role as enhancing the culture in her organisation. Culture is not something that you can manufacture but it is something that you can either help or hinder its development. Of course, to better understand the current culture it is always good to have a grasp of history. The article on Dr Max Lay’s new book about the great transport inventions of the 19th century helps give us some perspective on the causes and effects that of new ideas.  Max made the specific comment that those who invented new things had no idea of just how they would be used.  I think that reflects back then to the way in which we deal with our young professionals. The world is changing so fast it is simply not good enough for us to only try and instil in young people the way we see things and the way we have worked towards solutions. They have to understand where we have come from, in part because of the specific lessons learnt but also as an aspect of history which may not be the exact way we do things in the future.

I believe there is a message here for us to consider even when we are organising branch meetings and other events. We need to ensure that we take good presentations and identify what it means to those listening and to other stakeholders. It is not good enough to feel “nice” about the event.  We need to work hard at identifying how we can develop ideas in a practical way.  The students in Melbourne had their horizons broadened by the interaction with developers and people from Infrastructure Victoria and others from the academic environment.

None of their presentations were the definitive answer. They were important but not complete components from the world we are living in. They represented the desires stakeholders and the goals they wish to achieve.

Our Institute is more than good lectures. It has to have an active part in the processes to apply good practice, to identify solutions that no one has yet thought of and to bring out the best in the talent of our colleagues.


Paul Smith 
National President

 
> REFLECTIONS FROM THE EDITOR
In the last month, I have been to two significant events that involved students.

The Student Leadership Summit (SLS) was organised by Monash University students, and  is covered in an article later in this newsletter.

The other event was a high school graduation ceremony at a selective school in Sydney. This prompted a wide range of thoughts and ideas about young people, the influences they receive, how they think and how we can support and mentor them.
Engineering subject

Among the usual prizes, there was an award for the top student in Engineering.

I am not sure what they study, but in the light of the experience with undergraduates in Melbourne they often like the idea of engineering but they are struggling to understand just how it is applied in the “outside” world and what sort of areas they might like to get involved in.

This resonates with me as I decided to do engineering because I thought it would be a way to apply my interest in mathematics. I shudder at my naivety in my career choice. Many may shudder at the consequences.
I spoke to a few teachers about the possibility that we could offer some information support to the students or perhaps just invite the top student to one of our major events.

The impact of being a selective school

Because the school selects the brightest performers to attend, it is not surprising that the academic standard is very high and that the students tend to commit most of their time to formal studies.

I spoke to a number of teachers who put some effort into getting the young people to involve themselves in some things other than just achieving an academic result.

Perhaps two stories show that you are dealing with young people who are strongly focused on their formal learning. They went to the beach as part of a camp activity and built, what one teacher thought was incredibly detailed and accurate sand castles. Apparently, they did this because they had their protractors to help. The form supervisor simply asked the question “What students take their protractors to the beach?”

Also, the camp had a ban on bringing technology (typical digital equipment such as phones).  One student smuggled in a typewriter!!

It is not all self-centered

 

The students were encouraged to “Acknowledge your good fortune and make time for those who are less fortunate”, and apparently volunteering was a strong element of many of the young people. 

There was clearly a good understanding of the pressures the young people were under and that concern for fellow students was also noted.  It is a positive reflection of our enhanced understanding of depression and anxiety when all were encouraged to go to the school teachers if students were concerned about anyone who may be feeling overpowered by the pressure to perform. 

Presentation
 
Not surprisingly the entertainment was more modern and much more upbeat than at my own graduation many years ago, including the final performance by the school band which was based on Baby Shark by Pinkfong. I had to look them up.

The school captains had to make speeches which they did with perception and humour, and then they had to read the names of each student as they received their graduation certificate.  They pronounced every one fluently and many of the names were not easy. We could all learn from this.
 
> STATE BRANCH MEETINGS
South Australia Branch NSW Branch   WA Branch 
Victorian Branch  Queensland Branch
> CALLING ALL LOCAL GOVERNMENT MEMBERS
Peter Damen, Director and CEO Level 5 Design Pty Ltd has been doing research on traffic management in local areas for decades. As part of a 20-year longitudinal research project, every 4 years he has been surveying Australian and New Zealand local government traffic managers to establish their experiences with local area traffic management in their communities. 

He has then been sharing this information with the profession to better inform decision making. He is updating his research once again by sponsoring an update through his company Level5design, and is inviting AITPM local government members to contribute to this not for profit activity by completing a short on-line survey.

The link to the survey is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L5DLATM. 
 
> CYCLING AND DRIVER LICENSING PROCESS

The Ford Driving Skills for Life program has been expanding its reach since it started four years ago. Now they have entered a partnership with the Amy Gillett Foundation to help drivers understand how to safely share the road with cyclists and other vulnerable road users.

While we are aware of vulnerable road users and some people are intolerant of them using the road, the reality is that they are an increasing component of a sustainable road system.  Yet we do not teach learner drivers about how they should interact with them on the road.

After the launch Phoebe Dunn the CEO of the Amy Gillett Foundation spoke to us about the experience and the projects they are involved in including the following comments:

  • Only the ACT has moved to incorporate skills to cope with vulnerable road users in the learning procedures to gain your licence. 
  • Being aware of another person’s situation is the first step to understanding their needs. Part of the Ford Driving Skills program is a stationary exercise bike that you can ride with Virtual Reality goggles to experience how poor driving behaviour can create difficulties for cyclists and as a cyclist you can learn how to identify a potentially dangerous situation.
  • Key behaviours to be included in the driver training include: safe passing distances (“a metre matters”), scanning checks for cyclists ahead, safe checking before opening car doors and safe turning behaviours including indicating early and making a head check, especially before turning left. 
  • The major factor in not getting into dangerous situations is your attitude.
  • A major part of the program is to promote calmness when driving. It is not just to learn how to tolerate cyclists but to learn how to be calmer and more considerate in your approach.  Being momentarily held up by a cyclist, for example, has little effect on your overall travel time.

 
Other activities that are currently underway to improve our understanding and our safety approach to vulnerable road users.

The Amy Gillett Foundation was formed after the tragic death of Amy Gillett, who was hit by a driver while cycling in Germany in 2005.  At the time of her death she was rated as one of the top 100 women road cyclists and was also undertaking a Doctorate at the University of South Australia
 
The full interview with Phoebe Dunn can be heard at http://drivenmedia.com.au/wp/amy-gillett-foundation-making-awareness-of-vulnerable-road-users-a-part-of-driver-training/
 
David Brown
feedback@drivenmedia.com.au

> WHO MIGHT GIVE US A BETTER HEADLIGHT?
The Appleinsider web site has reported that Apple is considering ways to make drivers more aware of potential road hazards, including headlights that can single out road elements that the driver needs to be aware of, and a heads-up display that can highlight pedestrians and other items of interest on a car's windscreen. 

Called the "System and Method for Light and Image Projection," the system imagines a few ways to give drivers a better idea of the road ahead by marking road hazards and other important items.
 
Link: https://appleinsider.com/articles/18/09/06/apple-working-on-headlight-system-that-could-highlight-road-hazards-for-drivers
 
> STUDENT LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
In September 2018 students in post graduate and undergraduate courses at Monash University in Melbourne organised a Transportation Engineering Student Leadership Summit.  It was done under the auspices and oversight of the Australian and New Zealand chapter of the Institute of Transport Engineers (ITE).

The summit is a scaled version of the model that Student Chapters of the ITE initiated in North America in 2012.

It is a chance for students to learn about the profession; and network with their peers and older professionals. But they were also given a project, in this case to look at the Box Hill town centre which is struggling to make the most of its identity and has a large bus depot and train station that are uncomfortably separated by some distance.

By developing their ideas, the groups of students got to work in one of a number of teams and to present their results to a large audience.

One of the other guest speakers was Peter Funder from Vicinity, a property development company specialising in town centres. His impact on the students was huge because he identified just how important it was for investment to have a viable, vibrant community and this involved access and moving to, from and within the precinct. Developers were prepared to help this in direct and constructive ways.

This reminded me of the experience of AITPM member Brian Smith. Brian is an expert in public transport who works for ARUP and who was called to do some work on the major bus interchange in Christchurch.

The major interchange location in Christchurch had been at Cathedral Square.  The situation was not ideal for bus operations.  Furthermore, during the day the backdrop of Christ Church Cathedral made for a pleasant environment, but at night the location could be dark and foreboding. 

Back in 1999 the regional council wanted to improve the bus station which was very spread out in Cathedral Square. A developer provided the space adjacent to and beneath his development to do this and benefitted from the 30,000 people who used it each day.

That interchange was destroyed in the earthquake of 2011 but it had been so successful the community wanted the same outcome including the retail integration. 
 
> ANITA CURNOW - TRANSPORT ENGINEERING IS ABOUT PEOPLE
At the Transportation Engineering Student Leadership Summit in Melbourne the keynote speech was given by Anita Curnow who is the Executive Director of Access and Operations at VicRoads, the road authority for the state of Victoria.

Students commented that Anita’s presentation was enlightening and encouraging. It was personable, not partronising.

Anita graduated as a Civil Engineer in the early 90s and she tossed up between a career in hydraulics or traffic engineering. 

After her presentation we spoke to Anita about her background, how things have changed and her views on how to bring about improvement in the future.  Some of her comments included:
 
  • “I was really interested in the transport side of things because it had people right at the middle of it. People who were making decisions about how they were going to get from A to B.  
  • “Understanding human behaviour has always been of interest to me and even though I chose an engineering profession which is often put down to numbers such as physics and chemistry, for me understanding the human interaction is what makes it interesting. 
  • “VicRoads has recently had some changes and one of the changes has been that our major projects division has been carved out as a separate authority. And so the major road projects authority is now a collaborating partner rather than part of VicRoads. What that leaves the rest of VicRoads to do is to operate the network and to manage access to the network and to manage the asset. And so as the network operator we take a really big picture, systems view of the road network. 
  • “VicRoads is a very proud engineering organisation of a hundred and four years, I think it is. It has had to change and become a 21st century organisation and that doesn't just mean the trimmings of working agile and having ways of moving people around. It's also about how people relate together and how people listen to the community. And so one of the key things we've done is say ‘well if we're going to put the user at the centre, what difference does that make to how we'd go about our job?’.
  • “If we try and understand trip making from the perspective of the individual user then what does it mean for our standards and for the conventions that we've built up over many years where they seemed to say "no" where we would like to be able to say "yes". How do we get that to change? 
  • “It's not necessarily the technology intent that makes a big difference. The thing that makes a really big difference, in the case of the mobile phone, is what it facilitates. What it enables and “yes”, it has a massive impact on transport. It also has a massive impact on other parts of our lives. It helps us to keep in touch with friends, and it has a big social influence particularly for people who have long distances to travel. So, the idea is that we have a technology that might lead a transport response rather than a technology that might solve a transport problem. 

 
You can hear the full interview at: http://drivenmedia.com.au/wp/anita-curnow-transport-engineering-is-about-people/
 

> ENGLAND LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO STOP TAILGATING
England has a problem with aggressive drivers tailgating the vehicles in front of them.

According to figures from Highways England almost nine out of 10 drivers say they have been tailgated, with some left feeling "victimised".

One in eight of all road casualties are caused by people who drive too close to the vehicle in front, with more than 100 people killed or seriously injured each year.

So they are launching a campaign "Don't Be A Space Invader".

Former Formula 1 world champion Nigel Mansell, supports the campaign.  He says:

“Tailgating is a driving habit I utterly deplore. Not only is it aggressive and intimidating, but it can lead to a crash with a tragic outcome.

“There is absolutely no upside to it – you will not get to your destination faster, you are not a skilled driver for doing it, and you are putting so many innocent people at risk. So I very much back this campaign to highlight the dangers of tailgating.

Issues for traffic engineering 
  1. Because we are travelling so close together it reduces one of the benefits of autonomous vehicles that by travelling closer together we can increase capacity.
  2. How do you tell if a following vehicle is an autonomous vehicle that supposedly has the technology to travel closer or if it is just an impatient driver?
  3. Current technology warns and may even intervene if there is a significant speed differential between you and the car in front. But cars do not warn you if you are tailgating at the same speed.  Some buses have a device that does indicate tailgating.  Should this be part of every new car?
 
Public Opinion 

This is a subject that has strong popular concern as shown in an interview on 2GB in Sydney https://www.2gb.com/podcast/david-brown-uk-tailgating-crackdown/
 
Alan’s opinion: I have been guilty of tailgating but it’s usually due to extreme frustration at drivers who refuse to keep left on high speed multi-lane roads.  This rule is very poorly enforced and so most drivers feel they can drive at whatever speed they like in whatever lane they choose. The capacity of our multi lane freeways would be considerably enhanced if drivers were forced to keep left (and I mean left, not centre) unless overtaking.
 
> MAX LAY'S NEW BOOK - THE HARNESSING OF POWER
As noted in the last newsletter, arguably the most recognised, respected and awarded road and transport engineer in Australia, Dr. Max Lay, has written another book: “The Harnessing of Power: How the 19th Century Transport Innovators Transformed the way the world Operates”.

I had a long chat to Max about his book, at the RACV main office in Melbourne, a building for which, as the then President of the organisation, he had been a driving force in redeveloping into the successful club that it is now.

I had a long chat to Max about his book, at the RACV main office in Melbourne, a building for which, as the then President of the organisation, he had been a driving force in redeveloping into the successful club that it is now.

Some of Max’s reflections are given below. The full interview with Max can be heard athttps://soundcloud.com/drivenmedia/dr-max-lay-the-harnessing-of-power-19th-century-transport-transformed-the-way-the-world-operates

Why write the book?

At the end of the 20th century Max was asked to write a presentation for an international roads conference in Paris on “Roads in the 20th century”. In the hotel before the talk, he thought about how he should introduce his presentation because the big break throughs for many things to do with transport, happened in the 19th century. The 20th century was more a time where these inventions flourished to their full extent.

I asked Max if this was a “Road to Damascus” experience, an epiphany but he said he didn’t meet St Paul or anyone else!
 
What does an engineer bring to history? Max believes that you don’t understand something unless you know the history. 

He said that he did not write this book as a historian with a background in economics, social sciences or politics, but wrote it as an engineer. For him, an engineer brings to the debate an understanding of the cause and effect of a situation with humans as part ofthe process.  The engineer, however, particularly looks at the physical things that made something possible.

Not even the inventors understood what impact their inventions would have.

The incredible thing that Max discovered while writing the book was how little the inventors realised just what their inventions would lead to and how they would be used.

Max noted that Karl Benz didn’t think that people should drive cars more than 20 mph and he didn’t think anyone would be killed by a car because they would never travel fast enough.  Gottlieb Daimler thought that engines were better for boats and aeroplanes but he originally built the few cars to keep the business going.

How the watch helped transport 

One of the examples of the technology that was behind the ultimate inventions of the car andthe train was the watch. A couple of hundred years before these vehicles came into being, people had invented incredible mechanisms with cogs and things whizzing around faster than the eye can see. Much of this technology had dropmade it possible to produce the valves on steam engines and many people who had worked with watches (such as Carl Benz) transplanted it 100 times bigger into vehicles.

Transport and watches work together to establish the concept of a universal time.  It the past time was recognised on the circumstances of every particular location.  The stagecoach’s arrival was not timed to the minute.  But with trains travelling at a much faster pace there was a need for a schedule across many regions.  It was around this time that the concept of Greenwich Mean Time was established. 
 
It didn’t all happen instantaneously. Developments were not always instantaneous and were not always achieved uniformly across the world.  Max’s book went way back in history to look at some of our earlier freight vehicles.

Oxen were used before horses under a simple engineering principle of a better power-to-weight ratio but another great advantage was that they had broad shoulders on which it was easy to fita harness. Harnessing a horse was harder. The Celts had mastered the effective use of horses before Roman times but in some European communities did not manage to develop a way to easily ride and control horses until the 1700s.

Effective use of iron also changed our use of horses significantly. With the ability to manufacture stirrups for horses they then became much more effective in battle because the rider then needed only one hand to control horse and so could hold a weapon in the other.

More history to come

We shall bring the occasional historical fact to do with transport from Max’s book in future newsletters.

PS. In the September edition of the Newsletter Max’s name was listed as “May Lay” (which sounds more like an all-in fight!!).  We apologise for the mistake.
> CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
The group 10,000 Friends of Greater Sydney (FROGS) recently held a panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities that Sydney faces as it grows over the coming decades.  The meeting was held at the offices of Cox Architecture in Sydney. Quite a few AITPM members attended.

Further work is being done to report on the wide range of issues that were raised but for the moment here are a few short comments from experts on the panel:
Dr Charles Karl – National Technical Leader - ARRB

Dr Karl began his presentation with a reflection of his initial career in vertical transport, principally the lifts that takes us up and down in buildings. His point was that while we may not have thought of lifts as a particularly major form of transport none-the-less it is a good example of having to understand the whole system; its purpose; the requirements of the users; safety; security and efficiency.

Like any transport system you have to optimise the service.
His reflection focuses our attention on a systems approach rather than the particular mode that we may know well and in which our career is focused. 

This led Dr Karl to note that “Infrastructure” is not so much about the physical nature - it’s the understanding of the operation, the system.
Jess Scully - Councillor - City of Sydney

Ms Scully’s career started in journalism where she focused on culture and creativity. As well as being a Councillor she is now also a curator of creative activities.  She was emphatic that the creative activities had suffered the brunt of destructions of the physical economy.

Furthermore, while she represented a local council, it was essential for all councils to recognise that they will be the victims and beneficiaries of global trends and global issues.
There were two things she then focused on.

In 2015, Sydney was chosen to join the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) initiative pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. 100RC partners with cities around the world to help them become more resilient to the social, economic and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC was created to help cities respond to the impacts of three worldwide trends: urbanisation, globalisation, and climate change.

https://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/263976/2016-503932-02-Report-Resilient-Sydney-City-Context-Report-FINAL-ISSUED.pdf

In this case “Sydney” is not the council of Sydney (the inner area focused on the CBD) but the broad region. In this way Ms Scully was very encouraged that the 33 councils in Sydney had joined together to be part of the Resilience program.
 
The second point was the City Pulse evaluation conducted by PWC. The vision for Greater Sydney is a metropolis of three cities. CityPulse Sydney provides a fact base for the current state of Greater Sydney. It identifies which areas of Greater Sydney provide the best access to the things that help make our lives easier and more fulfilling: transport, housing, health services, employment, education, parks and recreation facilities, cultural facilities and entertainment - in essence, how well we live, work and play. PWC says that by understanding how these three measures relate, we can start to identify the actions required to make Sydney’s vision a reality.

https://www.pwc.com.au/agendas/cities/citypulse/sydney.html
 
Charles Casuscelli - CEO - WSROC

While we accept that there are three levels of government the relative importance of each is not always appreciated.

Mr Casuscelli noted the role of the highest level of planning and government  - there are visions and strategic plans, in this case for the total area of Sydney.  Similarly, at the most local level there are important needs such as providing libraries and local swimming pools. He questioned, however, whether we put enough effort into the sub regional level, the middle of the three.
 
An example might be the economies of scale and the opportunities for the latest development if waste disposal was organised at a more sub regional level.

Discussions following his presentation raised the concern that not only might we not have a clear and balanced view of the three levels, but the allocation of funds is skewed towards the highest level because it is the one that appears to have total control and to a lesser extent to the lowest level because that is the thing that people can readily relate to.
Prof David Hensher - Sydney University

Prof Hensher began by recognising that digital disruption can have both an upside and a downside. 

While the loss of jobs might be the immediate thought of the downside, it is also critical to recognise that digital technologies could cause a long list of difficulties.  
Planners and operators have to move away from the notion of a mode of transport and focus on mobility.  Mobility as a service is giving us the opportunity to recognisethat society, through digital disruption, is becoming much more individualistic and  much more choice focused and we will continue to want to tailor our services to satisfy the needs of a population (within reasonable consideration of subsidy) as well as the ability to pay from a private point of view.

We should be asking these questions not just of Sydney but considering the great region of Wollongong to Newcastle.
Natalie Camilleri - Director, Planning and Infrastructure, Greater Sydney Commission

While Ms Camilleri was asked about a range of subjects, she changed the direction of the discussion when she said the big thing she wanted help with, was the understanding of the increasing amount of data that is becoming available.

She did not request a simple explanation about what is collected but rather help to ensure that we understood what the information really meant.  Again, this is not a one off thing but an on-going approach to ensure that we are getting the right messages for the data that is now being made available.
 
> AITPM NEWS
SA Branch - Bike Lanes Tech Forum Report

Twenty-five members and guests from AITPM SA enjoyed two presentations covering contrasting designs and locations for separated bike ways. Aleck Whitham from the City of Adelaide presented details on the recently implemented revised design for the Frome Street bikeway in the city centre while Chris Dunn from the City of Port Adelaide Enfield described the Hart Street bike lane project, which is currently under construction.

Frome Street

Aleck Whitham provided some of the background to the Frome Street bikeway and the redesign that had been instigated by some of the elected members. The current redesign forms part of a $12m partnership between the City of Adelaide and DPTI to deliver north-south and east-west bikeways through the city centre, parklands and North Adelaide.

Within the current design project Frome Street South retained a separated bikeway, single traffic lane and a parking lane between Carrington Street and Wakefield Street.  Between Wakefield and Pirie Street it was redesigned to cater for four lanes during peak periods, converting to one traffic and one parking lane off-peak. Sections of the bike lane were also amended to improve delineation between parking, bicycle and pedestrian areas. 

Aleck described some of the lessons learnt from the original design that have been adjusted with the revised scheme. This included relocation of the parking signage to be adjacent to the parking rather than on the footpath remote from the parking, improved design and irrigation for the planter beds, and reduced areas of white painted concrete median kerbs. On the reconstructed areas, angled kerbing was used rather than traditional kerbing following cyclist feedback from a specially constructed demonstration site. 

The newly constructed section from Pirie Street to Rundle Street presented a number of design challenges including major car park accesses, hotel drop offs and stormwater management because the bikeway was to be at a different level from both the roadway and the footpath. Innovative bike friendly stormwater management solutions were adopted as well as indenting the bike way past the hotels to provide space for coaches to access their storage areas and manage the speed of cyclists through potentially high levels of pedestrian movement across the bikeway. 

Overall, the feedback to the revised design has been positive and it is hoped that the new bike counters installed in both directions will reflect the positive feedback with increased numbers of cyclists.

Hart Street
Chris Dunn then presented on a suburban bike lane scheme within Port Adelaide Enfield Council area being delivered as a partnership between DPTI and Council.

Hart Street is a DPTI arterial road with two traffic lanes in each direction and some on street parking. However, the traffic volumes will never reach a level where two lanes will be required.  
 
The aim of the project was to improve the safety and accessibility for all road users and improve linkages between Port Adelaide and Coast Park. Council and DPTI consulted with the community in April and May 2018 through 400 letters to surrounding residents/businesses, displays at libraries/civic centre, three ‘drop in’ sessions facilitated by DPTI (with Council) at the Port Adelaide Hockey Club, direct contact with the school, hockey club, and netball club, and an advertisement in local Messenger newspaper. VMS boards were also erected on site prior to construction with a dedicated phone number to provide further information on the project, as despite the extensive consultation there were still residents claiming not to have been notified of the project.
Chris noted that the design was modified significantly following consultation to include better pedestrian crossing facilities, relocated and, in some cases, removed bus stops, and removal of left turn slip lanes.

Chris presented the changes created in the pedestrian crossing distances at one of the intersections, making a much safer crossing. The previous 60 km/h speed limit on the road was also reduced to 50km/h.
 
Key lessons reported by Chris were that for many car is still ‘king’ and there was little appreciation of the needs of other transport modes; people don’t like change and can still be difficult to engage even with a comprehensive engagement strategy; and separated bike lanes are difficult to accommodate when there are a lot of residential driveways, which was the case on the north side of Hart Street and resulted in a lower specification design with less formal separation. 
Chris also recommended challenging the DPTI design as this had led to a better design outcome, with Council engaging with DPTI as a partnership rather than simply being a stakeholder. The implementation of the Hart Street scheme demonstrated that bike lanes can be installed on ‘non Bikedirect’ routes, which in this case was particularly important adjacent to schools and recreational facilities, and that a review of the traditional bike direct routes is probably warranted. Chris also reported the benefits of the project having a dedicated website. 
 
The audience participated in a lively discussion session following the presentations and a number of the Hart Street stakeholders who attended provided insightful comments and support on the Hart Street project designs and processes. Aleck and Chris were warmly thanked for the informative presentations. 
 
QLD Conference Remix

The national conference was so good, QLD branch didn’t want it to end. So, they recapped some of the presentations from the 2018 AITPM national conference. The remix event featured five presenters who gave a quick overview of their projects. This piece summarises some of these presentations.
Improving Safety for Pedestrians and Cyclists at Roadworks

Christian Bodé, Associate Director for GTA’s Transport Planning and Delivery service line, presented on “Improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists at Roadworks.” 

With significant amounts of construction activity in Melbourne CBD taking place to build Melbourne Metro, Rail Project Victoria identified the need to provide additional advice on provision for pedestrian and cyclists during the construction. Research was undertaken on current guidance, user issues and best practice. As a result RPV and AJM have developed a guidance documents with key recommendations for issues and advice to planners and designers on a range of matters ranging from risk identification, planning, route alignment and diversions, paths widths, diversion signing and barriers.  With new signs dedicated to Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs), an end to the use of barrier tape and wider safety consideration that include personal security and road safety the document seeks a fundamental change in treatment of VRUs.   The document’s aim is for equal treatment for pedestrians and cyclists in the planning and provision at roadworks, and is being adopted by other projects in Victoria with it forming a key part of the wider measures to improve safety around construction activities. 
Advancing event traffic management in Queensland

Rohit Singh, Principal Engineer at the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), briefly summarised the key learnings from recent projects undertaken by TMR to provide additional tools to the traffic management industry to plan and manage the risks and costs associated with the management of public traffic around events. 

The Queensland Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) Part 3 outlines the requirements for traffic management for works on roads, and primarily considers construction and maintenance activities. While many of the principles are similar, the MUTCD Part 3 doesn’t provide guidance for managing large numbers of pedestrians and cyclists, or event related transport. The solutions for work sites are also designed to consider only risks associated with construction and maintenance.

An Event Traffic Management Design Guideline was developed and published to provide guidance on traffic control measures and devices used to warn, instruct and guide road users in the safe negotiation of events on roads including footpaths, shared paths and bicycle paths adjacent to the roadway. It also provides guidance for the planning and design of traffic management arrangements with the aim of providing a safe traffic environment for event participants and spectators.
An Event Traffic Management Design Guideline was developed and published to provide guidance on traffic control measures and devices used to warn, instruct and guide road users in the safe negotiation of events on roads including footpaths, shared paths and bicycle paths adjacent to the roadway. 
 
It also provides guidance for the planning and design of traffic management arrangements with the aim of providing a safe traffic environment for event participants and spectators.
STREAMS Gateway - Ubiquitous access to operational road data

David Apelt, Transmax’s Products and Services and Chief Technology Officer, provided insights on STREAMS Gateway.

STREAMS Gateway is a data solution for traffic and transport providing customers with real time access to the live and historical data feeds collected by Transmax’s ITS Platform STREAMS. 
It is primarily a machine interface that enables other systems or applications to deliver functionality to end users. These systems and applications can be developed by customers, Transmax or third parties.

Access to this data gives customers high-level traffic insights into the traffic network such as road use, traffic congestion and travel times, and the ability to analyse the impact of incidents.  

Additionally, accessing high-quality, real-life operational data through STREAMS Gateway early in the lifecycle of infrastructure projects can support road agencies to accurately model traffic impacts and effectively guide design decisions. STREAMS Gateway is a product of Transmax, a full-service ITS solutions provider that develops, supports and deploys the international-award winning ITS platform STREAMS. For more information on Transmax visit www.transmax.com.au
 
Crash visualisations – an example of what STREAMS Gateway can enable

Make sure you keep up-to-date on the AITPM website to ensure you don’t miss these exciting events. The events present great opportunities to network, learn and share valuable insights with professionals in the industry.
 

Vale - Roger Whitington 
Passing of a valued SA Branch member
It is with great sadness that we note the passing of our long standing SA Branch AITPM member Roger Whitington on 8 September 2018. 

Roger had a career spanning 43 years with Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure in South Australia. He started his career as a young 18 year old in the Highways Department Eastern District Office at Murray Bridge in 1975, then moved on to get some estimating and road design experience.
The Roger we all know and respect for his vast knowledge of traffic signals began his journey in 1984 when he started in the Traffic Engineering Section. Here Roger learnt the skills of signal design, phasing, programming and traffic signal coordination. Over the years he became an expert in the field and has undertaken different roles from the Supervising Technical Officer to Team Leader Traffic Investigations. He was a mentor to many young engineers during this time. He taught them from the basics up and challenged them for ideas, making them think like an engineer.

Roger was a dedicated worker and the master of coming up with simple solutions to complex situations. He spent years beating ‘the system’ to get things done. 

Roger was the master of traffic signals. He was one of the first involved in SCATS in the department and was a pioneer in the development of signal design and operation. He was well respected in his field by not only DPTI staff but Councils and Consultants alike. He knew every set of signals by its TS number and how the phasing of each worked. 

He was AITPM member for 23 years and during that time shared his knowledge in signal design and traffic operation by presenting to SA members at seminars and technical forums. 
Roger will be remembered for his wit. He was always up for a joke and was able to keep a straight face whilst pulling your leg.  Roger was a special person admired by his peers, a mentor to many, a friend, a work colleague, a man that will be sadly missed by all. 
 
> QUIRKY NEWS
The following are extracts from the radio program Overdrivewhich is syndicated to stations around Australia on the Community Radio Network and is presented by AITPM members David Brown and Brian Smith and technical expert Errol Smith.

Episodes and more stories from the program can be heard at www.drivenmedia.com.au. You can also hear about news, features and quirky news via twitter @db_drivenmedia. 
Underarm advertising

Commuters in Japan are being paid to carry advertising stickers on their armpits as they cling to overhead straps on public transport.

Chinese car company lures ex-Rolls-Royce chief designer

Former Rolls-Royce design director Giles Taylor has joined China’s FAW Group as global vice-president of design and chief creative officer.

Mr Taylor will be based in Munich, Germany, where he will help set up a new advanced design centre for the company, housing a “globalised high-end design team” that will principally undertake project work for FAW’s luxury brand Hongqi.
Alberta man changes sex to get cheaper insurance 

In Canada, a man from Alberta became famous on social media for changing his sex to buy a cheaper insurance for a car he wanted to buy. He changed his gender because women in Canada pay lesser amount for car insurances than men.

https://www.timesnownews.com/the-buzz/article/alberta-man-changes-sex-to-get-cheaper-insurance-for-chevrolet-cruze/260562?utm_source=inshorts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=fullarticle
A man in San Francisco has installed a pantograph on top of his Prius so that he can get power from the trolley bus overhead electrical power lines.

The problem is that he can only go about 3 kilometres after he disconnects the power.

https://thebolditalic.com/hacked-prius-running-on-muni-power-lines-the-bold-italic-san-francisco-80cdbe55d68e
> SPONSORS & ADVERTISING
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  • RAC of WA - WA
  • Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure - SA
  • RAA - SA
  • The Department of Transport and Main Roads - QLD
  • PSA Consulting - QLD/NSW 
  • Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) - NSW
  • Traffic Engineering Centre - NSW
  • VicRoads - VIC 
Branch Sponsors
  • Arup - NSW
  • Bitzios - QLD
  • Point8 - QLD
  • PTT - QLD
  • Donald Veal Consultants - WA
  • GTA - WA
  • GHD – SA
  • GTA - SA
  • Tonkin Consulting - SA
  • O’Brien Traffic - VIC
  • Trafficworks – VIC
  • TraffixGroup – VIC
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