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President's Message
Andrew Leedham

Welcome to the final newsletter for 2017. The festive season is fast approaching and time, you might hope, to sit back and reflect on all that you have achieved over the last year. 

The reality though, for many who work in our industry, is a period of frantic activity. We work longer hours and are under duress to get things out the door before the office shuts down, whilst trying to fit in the inevitable end of year school Christmas plays and tackle the Christmas shopping before Christmas eve.

The impacts of such high levels of stress should not be underestimated, and I have seen these show up in so many ways in my colleagues and me personally. Many of us would reject the suggestion that we are stressed and I would place myself in that category. But just the other week I nearly rear-ended a stationary car at a pedestrian crossing while I had my young son in the front seat, simply because I was momentarily thinking about the tasks I had to do that day. It could have been a tragic outcome.

Today, my employer, WSP, has initiated a two-hour safety stand down in recognition of the long hours and work place pressures being experienced by staff. It will be interesting to see how staff respond to the workshop which aims to encourage open discussion on how stress manifests itself and what actions we as individuals, the company as an employer and our clients might take to address the problems.

Many people of course add to their workloads by volunteering to take on extra tasks. So, it is timely and very appropriate for me as National President and on behalf of all AITPM members to acknowledge and thank all our volunteers and paid support around the country who, through their tireless efforts, have contributed so much in the name of AITPM and showing leadership in the transport industry. From an organisational perspective we have achieved so much this year but time now for us all to re-focus on family and friends, put aside work, relax and re-charge the batteries ready for an assault on 2018. 

Speaking of those who have contributed to the AITPM cause, I note the retirement of Paul Gelston from South Australia. Paul has served the industry for 40 years and importantly has been an active member of AITPM and one of its strongest advocates in South Australia. I am fortunate to be having coffee with Paul this week to say farewell and to thank him personally for all that he has contributed to the Institute. You can read more about Paul in this newsletter.

Finally then have a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. Please take care when travelling and I look forward to re-engaging with you in the new year

Andrew Leedham 
President 

2018 National Conference


Key Note speakers

Three international keynote speakers have already been confirmed to join us in 2018:
 



Paul Steely White

Executive Director, Transport Alternatives

Paul Steely White is the Executive Director of Transport Alternatives, NYC’s leading advocates for bicycling, walking and public transportation


Tim Armitage
Director, UK AutoDrive

Tim Armitage, from London is the Director of the UK AutoDrive project which is leading the charge into introducing driverless vehicles across the UK.


Rick Donnelly

Vice President and Technical Fellow, WSP

Rick Donnelly, from the USA is a Vice President and Technical Fellow with WSP and has over 30 years of experience in travel modelling and simulation.
Conference Sponsors 

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Reflections from the Editor 
David Brown
  • Holding the media to account
  • North-east Corridor in Melbourne
  • Optus wins award
  • Toll relief for drivers
  • What does a workable user charge system look like
  • ISF and Sydney Trains – The Exciting Future of Customer Service Innovation
  • Driverless Vehicle Initiative 
  • Is Fred Flintstone our role model?
  • New mobility now - a practical guide
Holding the media to account

Those of us who attended the AITPM 2015 National Conference in Brisbane will remember a very informative Keynote speech on the last day, from Dennis Wagner, representing the Wagner family of Toowoomba.

The Wagner's have established some very large and successful businesses including quarrying, that make a very positive contribution to the Australian economy.

More recently they undertook a very bold project to build an international airport at Toowoomba without any government funding.  We have, in this newsletter, reported on some of the positive impacts it has had in areas such as exporting agricultural products to Asia.

During the planning and construction of the airport a few people in the media carried out an intense (some say vitriolic) campaign against the project alleged that the main protagonist knew at least one but not more than a few people in the area who opposed the airport even though it was supported overwhelmingly by more than 200,000 people from Toowoomba.

Around this time the area also suffered a devastating flood and in which 12 people died.  At least one of the same individuals in the media and other media outlets made comments that some took to infer that the Wagner's companies’ activities may have been contributed to these deaths.

A commission of enquiry held in 2015 cleared the Wagner's of any responsibility and the Inquiry head concluded that “The flood was a natural disaster and no human agency caused it or could ever have prevented it”.

Now the ABC reports that the Spectator magazine has agreed to pay $572,674 to end a defamation case the Wagner's had instigated against them for their comments.

At the time of writing, a defamation case is still outstanding against commercial radio broadcaster Alan Jones.
 
 
North-east Corridor in Melbourne


I attended the annual dinner of the Institute of Transportation Engineers - Australia and New Zealand Section (ITEANZ) in Melbourne recently. The invited speaker was Duncan Elliott – CEO North East Link Authority.  Melbourne's North-East Link will be the biggest transport project in Victoria's history.  It will provide an outer road in the north-east of Melbourne filling a missing link in the ring road system that has been recognised for decades.  It is suggested the north-east link will take 15,000 trucks off local roads, create thousands of jobs and deliver massive travel time saving for drivers.

The planning is thorough and modern in its approach although I wonder if we might not give more thought as to how we will use this road corridor once it is built.

Many have a vison of a motorway many lanes wide and where there is a free-for-all for traffic to make as much use of the road as each individual can.  Perhaps we might have thought about a bus lane or a high occupancy lane, especially if it is in an inner-city area.

But in the future, we may see a much more managed environment with dedicated lanes for heavy vehicles, autonomous or high occupancy vehicles, each being charged rates appropriate to the road service level performance, the time of day, their weight and the nature of the task they are undertaking.
 

Optus wins award

One of the other activities at the ITEANZ dinner was transport awards.  Optus received an award for the system they implemented at their head office in North Ryde in Sydney to provide public transport services to assist their workers’ travels in an area that struggles with transport facilities.

It included running buses regularly between their North Ryde office and the city centre.

The North Ryde area (Macquarie Park) is a booming commercial area which has had a number of large transport projects implemented that helped establish some form of network.  But it has some significant transport shortcomings.

One of these shortcomings is that they have large blocks which can make walking between two areas incredibly long as you cannot go “as the crow flies” but rather have to walk to the nearest intersection which can be a long way away.

A number of other companies are looking at how they may actively, positively and with a community focus contribute to better transport in the area.
 
 
Toll relief for drivers

The NSW government has announced a plan that drivers can be eligible for free vehicle registration if they spend more than $25 a week, on average, over a 12-month period on tolls.  The scheme will apply to private drivers who are using any existing toll roads and will apply to any new toll roads in the future.

This could be a portent of things to come and is, perhaps, a very clever way of starting a move towards a road user charge system. 

If you tell the public that a user charge system is a good thing for the community a large majority probably won't believe you and see it as just another tax.  If you say that you could save someone on registration there might still be an attitude of “I’ll believe it when I see it”.

But now there is a step in that direction.  Registration savings are being offered apparently without anyone having to pay more in another area.  If you show, up front, that there can be savings on things like registration, then I believe you are more convincing that you are trying to implement a system which is more than just another tax grab. 

We cover the issues of what a user charge might look like in the future later in this newsletter. 
 

 
What does a workable user charge system look like

While on the subject of user charges, AITPM fellow Harry Camkin (and one of the founders of the AITT over 50 years ago) send in a story from the ABC with the title “How a congestion tax might work in Australia”.

It reports on Monash University’s further work on the Transurban Melbourne Road Usage Study (MRUS) which tested three charges:
  • A flat distance-based charge of 10 cents per kilometre
  • A time-of-day charge of 15 cents per kilometre at peak times and 8 cents at other times
  • A distance-plus-cordon charge where drivers were charged 8 cents per kilometre at all times plus $8 if they entered the inner city.
The report has some interesting reflections on the transport tasks and takes a balanced approach
 
 
ISF and Sydney Trains – The Exciting Future of Customer Service Innovation

Alan Finlay also went to the presentation “The Exciting Future of Customer Service Innovation” held at UTS in Sydney.

We know about trying to provide the best information so passengers can make informed decisions and the advent of digital technology has made the updating of this information much more of a reality.

But now new technology also offers enormous opportunity to measure what is happening on the station, for example, how we can give real time information to travellers BUT also how the service provider can adapt the service to the particular conditions.

This ties in with the paper at the 2017 National Conference by Brian Smith, Kylie Nixon and Marissa Powell from WSP, on the need to consider the “whole- of-journey” approach.

You can look at a four-minute introductory at https://youtu.be/N1pXm-6FsIY or see over an hour of the presentations at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQdMs4zEKwI&feature=youtu.be

There is another interesting aspect that arose from this presentation.

Some older transport planners (not from the AITPM) went to this presentation and were somewhat offended that many of the “new” ideas were things that their peer group had worked on in the past.  On the other side of the coin Alan found it a positive presentation.

The subject and the manner in which we deal with, and make the most of, the “old” and the “new” is an issue that John Reid from our Platinum sponsors Australffic will be addressing in a brief presentation at the AITPM Victorian branch annual dinner.
 

Driverless Vehicle Initiative

I was invited as a member of the press to attended the two-day Australian & New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) summit in Adelaide a few weeks ago.

I found some of the presentations to be a little dry and ponderous.  There are some tricky issues in this area such as the rules that should govern autonomous trials and legal and insurance issues of autonomous vehicles.  

Along these lines National Transport Commission (NTC) has released the following;
  • Assuring the safety of automated vehicles policy paper
  • Clarifying control for automated vehicles policy paper
  • National enforcement guidelines for automated vehicles
Link at:  http://www.ntc.gov.au/roads/technology/automated-vehicles-in-australia/

Newsletter Assistant Editor, Alan Finlay, has had a look at the documents that he describes as “voluminous” and “hard work”.  If you are getting into the detail here is the link: http://www.ntc.gov.au/roads/technology/automated-vehicles-in-australia/

The hard work has to be done but I believe that governments, in their quest to encourage this new technology with the resultant positive impact of jobs and growth, will not hold back from implementing appropriate legislation to facilitate this ongoing development. The British government for example has just pushed through legislation to allow autonomous testing without an observer in the car.

I think a far more important area of public policy and legislation is insuring that autonomous vehicles have an overall benefit for the community. There is a huge difference between the conflicting directions of developing transport to make a profit; or serve individual customers; or serve the greater community good.

I believe the approach needs to focus on the benefits to create effective public transport systems not just serve individual travellers who can afford to pay.
 

Is Fred Flintstone our role model?

At the ADVI summit, during a conversation with the company Local Motors who are building 3-D printed car bodies, I raise an issue that I had touched on at the 2017 AITPM National Conference: How good are the images of future transport in cartoons? 

For example, The Jetsons were really not all that advanced.  They simply had images of the existing system with corridors, polluting vehicles that had to be controlled by humans and even police on point duty, operating up in the air rather than on the ground.

Take the issue of the need to encourage active transport which has health and community benefits.  These benefits could be lost with mechanised door-to-door travel.

AITPM member Brian Smith and I had talked about on radio about how the future might include rickshaws where the traveller needed to pedal to charge the batteries so the vehicle could return home (autonomously) after it was used, rather than having to be parked at the bus or trains station.

This would then seem to conclude that the best cartoon model of the future might well have been The Flintstones which was set in the past and in which vehicles that were powered by your feet running on the ground underneath.

Perhaps I should have submitted an abstract to the 2017 AITPM conference titled “The Fred Flintstone principle of land use transport planning”.
 

Key Note Address

I have been asked to give the key note address to an IPWEA (Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia) conference in the Gold Coast next year.  The conference concerns fleet management but not just the efficient financial management of vehicles.  It involves the nature of fleets in the context of changing transport technologies and resultant government policies, how cities will look in the future and how public works organisations have a role in defining needs and implementing solutions.  I also want to cover some of the different directions taken in road safety.
 

New Mobility Now – A Practical Guide

With the recent wave of euphoria about autonomous cars many people have imagined indeed verge on fantasying about the potential for motoring utopia - chauffeur style travel for all your needs.

Of course, it is not that simple.

AITPM Platinum Sponsor WSP has just published a white paper “New Mobility Now – A practical Guide”. It was launched at the ITS World Congress 2017 in Montreal.

AITPM’s Scott Benjamin is WSP’s Technical Director for Intelligent Transport in Australia and New Zealand had a big hand in the report and has been travelling the world talking about its implications.

I caught up with Scott for a chat about the white paper which can be heard at http://drivenmedia.com.au/wp/

A fuller report is below in this newsletter. 

David Brown
@db_drivenmedia
www.drivenmedia.com.au 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Webinar: Strategic Review of the Guide to Traffic Management

Austroads has recently undertaken a strategic review of the Guide to Traffic Management series.  The Guide to Traffic Management consists of 13 parts and provides traffic management guidance for traffic and transport related practitioners. They are conducting a webinar on the subject:

Thursday 7 December 2017 | Online, 12pm - 1pm AEDT

Find our more here

Five themes influencing mobility in transport revealed

AITPM Platinum sponsor WSP has released a new publication “New Mobility now - A Practical Guide” at the ITS World Congress 2017 in Montreal in November 2017.
 
‘New Mobility Now’ highlights the inter-connected issues of transport, technology and mobility. It features insights from international industry experts and learnings drawn from numerous WSP projects.
AITPM member (and 2017 National Conference Co-convenor) Scott Benjamin, had a big hand in compiling this publication and has been travelling around including Montreal / San Francisco / Michigan and other parts around the world leading up to the conference.

Scott, who is WSP’s Technical Director for Intelligent Transport in Australia and New Zealand says, “This white paper provides valuable insights for city leaders, place-makers, transport network owners, mobility and technology providers. It outlines the steps that can be taken now: a practical approach for new mobility structured around five key influencing themes.”

The white paper can be down loaded here.

The Future Network


The NSW government says it has a new vision for NSW.  Chapter nine of the report is on The Future Network.  It addresses the following:

·       Planning tomorrow’s network
·       Promoting sustainable development and healthy lifestyles
·       Developing the digital network
·       A safely operated network
·       Optimising the network and better using existing infrastructure
·       Growing the Greater Sydney and Regional NSW networks to deliver our vision of places

Their web site uses a range of communication techniques including short information videos. 
 

Australia’s ITS Award winners making in-roads for the industry


Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia has given its yearly awards for the most innovative and advanced transport technologies, and the organisations and individuals involved.

The winners were:
  • Recipient of the Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award is Lauchlan McIntosh AM
  • Industry Award Winner - Cubic Transportation Systems for the Manly Ferry Contactless Payments Trial
  • Government Award Winner - Transport for New South Wales for the Public Transport Information and Priority System (PTIPS):
  • Automated Vehicle Award Winner - Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia for Learnings from the RAC Automated Vehicle Trial:
  • Research Award Winner - The University of Melbourne for The Australian Integrated Multimodal Ecosystem:
  • Young Professional Award Winner - Timothy Phillips
For details see link: http://www.its-australia.com.au/wp-content/uploads/ITS-Australia-National-Awards-Winners-2017.docx.pdf

Participation in CARRS research


Our Queensland branch President Kyriakos Tyrologos received a good email the other day from Jason Deller from the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) and the Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

He is doing a study on driver speed selection in an urban road corridor and is looking for participants to drive in the QUT, CARRS-Q Advanced Driving Simulator.

He is looking for males and females over the age of 18 with an open or provisional driver licence to complete 70 minutes of research participation including a brief questionnaire and rest after the session.  Participants get a Coles/Myers gift card of $50 upon completion as acknowledgement for their assistance.

Participation in this study will involve the participant operating an advanced driving simulator at QUT Kelvin Grove.

To take part you need to:

·      Be over 18 years of age;
·      Hold either a provisional or open Australian issued driver’s license;
·      NOT have a history of motion sickness or epilepsy; and
·      NOT be currently or potentially pregnant
 
The study has been approved by the QUT Human Research Ethics Committee (approval number 170000078).

Anyone who is interested their can contact Jason Deller at 07 3138 9990 or j.deller@hdr.qut.edu.au
If any members do participate, the newsletter would be interested in getting their feedback (when appropriate).

Letters to the Editor


A reply from the NSW Roads and Maritime Services

Dear Alan

Thank you for your enquiry to Roads and Maritime Services about clearways on Victoria Road.
The Sydney Clearways Strategy identifies over 1000 kilometres of new and extended clearways across Sydney and these are being investigated by Roads and Maritime.

This section of Victoria Road was identified for further investigation, but at this time no proposal has been developed.

Your support has been noted and the information you provide, together with traffic data will help us prioritise the future locations of clearways in Sydney.

For more information about recently installed clearways, ones that are currently under consideration and the Sydney Clearways Strategy please visit rms.nsw.gov.au/clearways.
 
(Editor’s note.  They might have added “At the appropriate juncture, in due course, in the fullness of time”).
 

 
Communications Strategy

Another excellent newsletter and great examples of how to gain interest and foreshadow presentations. [November 2017 newsletter “Reflections from the Editor Communication - a continuing search for improvement“].

I also noted your careful delineation of the very different roles of video, audio and text. In general, not only do I agree with the balance that you discussed but am encouraged by the recognition of two distinct functions: informing of the content of the audio/video and the complementary value of wider use of the latter.

These are not the same objectives. AITPM member need to scan a range of items while external communication is vastly enhanced by adding a video. Audio has another role: it is the classic background secondary task, which is why podcasts play their role when on the move.

YouTube segments are good for external communication and a YouTube Channel would be ideal for projecting AITPM and the expanded readership would also justify the time and effort fir their production.
The YouTube information clips that also add a text version are those that I bookmark, especially when they are instructions as to how do something I need to get back to, and thus get a higher multiple readership by individuals

I welcome this expanded communication strategy.
 
Marcus Wigan
AITPM Fellow
 

 
Is high density all that it is cracked up to be?

I have mentioned this before in an article in 2013 (High-rise living – sustainable or not? ) – now another on the subject.  I would like to see a larger sample of residents of both low & high density, but as in all research, it depends on the funds available. From the article in the SMH (“High-density living worse for environment than suburban sprawl, new study shows”) which refers to the Connecting the City Conference (being held in Australia in November 2017):

Traditionally, it’s believed that one of the reasons people move into city apartment buildings is so they don’t have to spend so much time travelling, particularly on a daily commute to work. But here, again, the study delivered another bombshell, showing that downtown residents spent 11 per cent more time travelling a year.

Although they did spend less time travelling to work – 37 per cent of the total travel distance against 62 per cent of the suburban residents – it’s thought the travel times may be longer because city residents walk and bicycle more, and because they are spending a greater proportion of their travel time going to shops, restaurants and entertainment.

In addition, they spend more time visiting friends and family, possibly because those people still live in suburban houses and haven’t made the move to the city with them. “But the whole thinking of the industry is that if you’re living in town, you spend less time travelling,” says Dr Wood. “And that’s not really the case at all.”

High-rise residents were also found to own more cars (0.6 cars per person as against 0.5 in the suburb) and travel longer distances in them, 9 per cent further per year.

Thanks for including the AECOM report I sent you with Richard Hanslip’s review.  Hope it helps to get some thinking.
 
Ludmilla Hawley
Principal Consultant
TEF Consulting www.tefconsult.com.au
 
Paul Gelston Retires

In December, Paul Gelston’s career spanning 40 years will draw to a close. Paul is the Chief Operating Officer at the SA Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) which is one of AITPM’s major branch sponsors in SA.

Paul commenced in his most recent role in March 2015, working as part of the DPTI executive team leading the delivery of effective planning policy, efficient transport, and valuable social and economic infrastructure in South Australia.

His role leading the Safety and Service Division ensures that the department manages and maintains state infrastructure, delivers effective and efficient public transport services and maximises investment in infrastructure for South Australia. 
This includes leading the delivery of a coordinated transport network system, the state’s integrated transport and land use plan, effective and efficient public transport services, improving safety on the roads and rail systems, and sustainable property and facility services.

Aside from a small number of years of absence whilst in local government, Paul has been a part of the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and its previous forms, since 1976. Highlights along the way have included the Gallipoli Underpass, early planning works for the first Southern Expressway, the introduction of the Australian Road Rules, the introduction of competitive road maintenance, and more recently working with the team on the first phases of the APY Lands road upgrade project.

Paul is a University of Adelaide Alumni, graduating in Civil Engineering in 1976. He is a member of Engineers Australia, the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management, and the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia. 

He is currently a Director on the Board of Austroads, with responsibility for providing clear policy and strategic direction, whilst monitoring Austroad’s performance against strategic objectives.

The CEO of DPTI Michael Deegan wrote in his weekly address to staff that Paul was “one of the great people in the department” and “will leave a remarkable legacy”.

Paul, who is a great advocate of AITPM and was part of the branch and conference committees in SA said: 
“I would really encourage AITPM to continue its great work in sharing information and building strong networks across South Australia and interstate. AITPM can, and has, done great things in terms of improving understanding of traffic management and planning. I would particularly challenge all AITPM members to pay attention to the upskilling and development of younger members of our profession and particularly in increasing the number of women.

Happy retirement Paul, although I suspect we will continue to see you around.

Andrew Leedham 

Vale – John McKerral


It is with great sadness that we note the death of John McKerral formerly of the Department of Main Roads which became the RTA.

We have reported on some of John’s wit and wisdom in past newsletters.  We could fill up the whole newsletter with his CV.  AITPM member Ken Dobinson described him as being “Technically brilliant” and he played a major role in the NSW DMR becoming a world leader in traffic signal control.  When the DMR morphed into being the RTA in the second half of the 1980s John become one of the 6 senior General Managers on Strategy, Planning and Design.  But above all he had a quick wit and a fantastic way of encouraging and developing his staff.

The best way to remember him is with some comments from his peers and a copy of one of his more memorable memos.
  • “Extraordinary engineering knowledge, an extraordinary ability to apply that knowledge, the ability to draw from others more than their capacity to give, but above all a friend”
  • A memo John wrote to his manager about which line marking product should be used
  • CLASS 2 WHITE IS WHITER THAN WHITE
    WHILE CLASS 1 WHITE IS GREY BUT BRIGHT.
    I KNOW IT SOUNDS TRITE,
    BUT AS THE LIGHT FROM THE WHITE
    MUST BE SIGHTED AT NIGHT,
    TO DO IT RIGHT WE SHOULD USE CLASS 1 WHITE.
    WE SEEK YOUR APPROVAL
    FOR THE COMPLETE REMOVAL
    OF CLASS1 YELLOW
    WHICH IS WARM AND MELLOW
    AND ITS REPLACEMENT OF COURSE
    WITH AN ALTERNATIVE SOURCE
    IF THIS IS ALLRIGHT,
    CLASS1 WHITE.

     
  • “I liked the one where he suggested we have the traffic signal controller on a boat to be able to rise up with the floodwater in the centre of Lismore that time. The end result was a 7m high tower but later the site was converted to a roundabout”
  • “A fine man and a good boss. I recall him quoting the "third law of thermodynamics" and other whimsy. A real pioneer in traffic management for DMR, bringing his considerable intellect to bear to solve many issues and develop practical solutions.”
  • My memory of him is of a lateral thinking very competent person whose working manner was quite entertaining and inspiring.
Photos of the month

Graeme Pattison sent in this photo taken at Woolloomooloo today, just 1km from centre of Sydney CBD.  His caption was simple “Nature fights back”
Some years ago, a consulting firm was asked to develop a cost/estimate for building a new bridge on an isolated country road because the old one was washed away.  The cost was so high and the traffic volumes so low that, as an aside, they estimated that it would be cheaper to hire Rolls Royces to chauffer people around.  Perhaps the solution was the HafenCity RiverBus.  You can see a three-minute video at https://youtu.be/tGxT7oCb7XI
See who has joined AITPM members each month
as well as other AITPM news 
here.
AITPM news
NSW Branch Back to Basic Forum

On the 26 October 2017 the NSW branch held a Back-to-Basics forum.

The program included the following presentations:
NSW Branch Meeting –Movement and Place

NSW members heard a presentation by Bryan Willey – Director Road Transport Strategy, Transport for NSW at a breakfast meeting on 16 November 2017. 
 

Quirky News


Amsterdam's beer bikes banned over congestion, 'disorderly behaviour' (but not DUI..)

Amsterdam’s beer bikes were a large table on wheels where people sat and pedalled as they travelled through the city streets.  They also drank beer while they were going.

Now Amsterdam has banned "beer bikes" following years of complaints from local residents, after a court agreed the 12-seat rolling bars block traffic and disrupt public order, with riders shouting and urinating in public.

The Overdrive radio team thinks this might be a case for autonomous beer bikes!
 

Your street name shows your nature

Scots living on streets commemorating Britain are less likely to define themselves as Scottish, new research has revealed.

The findings by Dr Daniel Oto-Peralias from the University of St Andrews, is part of new research focusing on what street names have to tell us about our culture and identity.

In areas with a lower number of union-themed street names, containing words such as ‘Queen’, ‘Royal’ and Regent’, people were more likely to describe themselves as having a “Scottish identity only”.

The study also revealed that religion remains an important topic with the word ‘church’ featuring in the top four of the ranking of most frequent British street names. The research also found that people in areas with a high percentage of religious-related street names, such as ‘church’ or ‘chapel’, were more likely to identify as Christian.

Dr Oto-Peralias might like to come to the southern suburb of Oran Park which was built on what use to be a car racing circuit.  Street names include Brock and Moffat.
 

Turning old tyres into new roads

A staggering 51 million used tyres are discarded annually in Australia, causing environmental and health problems like the sea of stockpiled tyres in Stawell in western Victoria.

Only five per cent of used tyres are recycled locally in Australia, but researchers from the University of Melbourne have teamed up with Tyre Stewardship Australia and Merlin Site Services to come up with an innovative way to reuse the rubber.

http://www.sustainabilitymatters.net.au/content/waste/article/turning-old-tyres-into-new-roads-1282753948
 

Virgin Trains offer signed Will Ferrell toilet seat as prize

Virgin Trains have launched a new competition where rail passengers can be in with a chance to win a toilet seat signed by alleged comedian Will Ferrell.

The signed toilet seat features a notice reminding passengers to bin items such as wet wipes, nappies and sanitary towels, rather than flush them down the loo.

Will Ferrell has also recorded a range of special toilet announcements for Virgin Trains on the West Coast to remind passengers to lock their toilet door and avoid the embarrassing ‘slow reveal’. The on-board announcements will be played on selected Virgin Trains West Coast services until the end of the year.
National Platinum Sponsors
 
National Sponsors
 
Major Branch Sponsors
  • Main Roads Western Australia - WA
  • RAC of WA - WA
  • Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure - SA
  • RAA - SA
  • The Department of Transport and Main Roads - QLD
  • Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) - NSW
  • Matrix Traffic and Transport Data  - NSW
  • Traffic Engineering Centre - NSW
  • VicRoads - VIC 
Branch Sponsors
  • Arup - NSW
  • Bitzios- QLD
  • Point8 - QLD
  • PTT - QLD
  • Donald Veal Consultants - WA
  • GTA - SA
  • GTA - WA 
  • GHD - SA
  • Tonkin Consulting - SA
  • O’BrienTraffic - VIC
  • Matrix Traffic and Transport Data - VIC
  • Trafficworks Pty Ltd – VIC
  • TraffixGroup – VIC

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Assistant Editor: Alan Finlay
National Administrator: Karen Hooper, on behalf of AITPM, Inc

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