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> PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Earlier this month I was fortunate to attend a Directors Governance workshop at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The workshop was organised and facilitated by Associations Forum who have been providing ad-hoc advice and support to AITPM on such matters.

The workshop was beneficial from two viewpoints. Primarily it provided some very useful information on the roles of boards and responsibilities of directors and how we as a governance team can improve our processes and performance. Eight other volunteer-run organisations were represented at the workshop (each with an appointed CEO) and by comparison the Institute appears to be placed to deliver services to members in a professional manner.
The workshop also gave me an opportunity meet the CEO of the Adelaide Convention Centre and to view the recently completed upgrade. The 2019 annual conference will be held at this venue and I can assure you it is a world class facility. Look forward to that (but not before experiencing what is on offer in Perth in July this year). Other members of the executive will attend similar future workshops.

The workshop was timely as earlier this month the Australian Securities and Investments Corporation (ASIC) approved the Institute’s application to operate as a company. There is more on this later in the newsletter.
Still on the subject of governance, I was invited by Associations Forum to attend its annual conference to be held on the Gold Coast in July. I will represent AITPM on an expert panel discussion and will take the opportunity to share our experiences and challenges in transitioning to the company from an Incorporated body.

This will likely be my last formal contribution to the AITPM newsletter as I am soon to embark on a holiday in Europe. I have enjoyed sharing with members my views and thoughts but now it is time for another perspective. So, for the whole of June, Paul Smith (National Vice President) will stand in and take care of anything to do with AITPM that I would normally deal with, including the President address in the newsletter.
I look forward to meeting with as many of you as I can at the conference in Perth

Andrew Leedham
National President
 
> EDITOR'S REFLECTIONS
World's first lab for planning future cities

This month saw the opening of what has been defined as the world’s first laboratory dedicated to improving collaboration and information-sharing among agencies responsible for planning and designing smarter, more liveable future cities.  It is within the UNSW Built Environment, the City Analytics Lab. 

It uses interactive technology, big data, visualisation, virtual reality and planning models to support an interdisciplinary approach to decision-making for city planning and policy-making. 
The lab is designed to help government and industry understand these technologies and new approaches to inform the planning of more liveable, productive, sustainable and resilient cities. 

Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, although he didn’t stay around for questions or discussion. 

One of the fascinating things was how you could interact with the data sets. They had a room full of big tables the top of which were screens.  With a touch pad approach, you could highlight an area and request a wide range of housing and other data within that boundary.
 

Victorian State Budget Lunch

AITPM’s Victorian branch held a sit-down lunch meeting soon after the Victorian budget that was addressed by the State minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Dollellan.  

Minister Dollellan began by immediately saying that he was a mode agnostic in that, projects would be picked based on need, not mode.  He does not favour one mode of transport just for the historical sake of it.

He did run through the list of projects that received funding in the state budget as most political presentations do, particularly mentioning $4.3 billion in funds and 13 major arterial road up grades. 

But the thing that was most impressive was that he spoke of the broad value of the projects, not just generic expressions like “it will reduce congestion”.  Many of the road projects was in the suburbs and he spoke of the difficulty in maintaining local jobs when you lose 20% of their efficiency because of the difficulty in getting in and out of the area.

In fact, many of the projects were not focused on the CBD, which is an important message to take out from the presentation.

Luke also took questions and stay around for a chat afterwards. A very impressive and collaborative performance from a personable minister. 

The event was sponsored by our Platinum sponsor Austraffic who also took the opportunity to invite a major freight industry executive, Martin Toomey from Scania, to attend the lunch.  We have quoted Martin in previous newsletters about the future of the freight industry and his passion and importance for a strategic overview of the industry.  In the following week Martin chaired a session at a major freight conference that included a presentation from Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel.

John Reid’s sponsors address (which did not talk about his business but raised important issues about the importance of data) was well received.  A copy will be placed on his web site http://www.austraffic.com.au/ 
 

Federal Budget

I was interviewed a number of times about the Federal budget including ABC News Radio, Macquarie Radio (2GB in Sydney, 3AW in Melbourne and 4BC in Brisbane).

I am disappointed in the whole process and the coverage of the issues.  I understand the politics, which happens on all sides of government, where there is a quest to get things down to a few, positive statements. 
The whole process, however, creates all the wrong images (and again this is true of all modern budgets from all sides of politics).

The coverage focuses on the total spend and a few big projects. The debate is about quantity rather than quality.

It is like a wedding that lauds those who give gold-plated toasters but no clarity about the realities, the adaptations we will need to consider about on-going life.  It appears as an impulsive list of projects that just add to the way we have done things in the past.  The key performance measure of a project is that it passes the “pub test”.

We’ve got to have budgets but they are not just numbers sprinkled with a few buzz words about how this deals with the future.  We should be funding and discussing how we are going to be smarter about transport not just how we are going to build some new things.

I also raised doubts about the use of expressions such as “Busting congestion” (see Federal Government press release). Congestion, like the poor, with always be with us so to some degree.  The notion that we can build our way out of congestion (including by building public transport) is highly doubtful.  Great improvements can be made but the idea that we will have a motoring utopia is unrealistic.
 

Freight Industry - Global Leaders' Summit - Dr Alan Finkel

As mentioned above, Melbourne held a Global Leaders Summit, in May that included an opening address by Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO.  Dr Finkel admitted in his opening speech that he had not looked closely at the freight haulage industry which he now knows is such a huge business that has such a huge impact on our economic wellbeing.  He began his speech by saying “To the best of my knowledge, I am the first Chief Scientist to appear at a trucking convention. So let me tell you how I got here”.

Like a good key note speaker, he did not just rush down to the intricacies of the industry but gave an analogy about how we have work hard at maintaining the correct images about freight movement.  He said “Trucks are visible to the public in a way that other technologies are not. Every truck is a mobile window into the industry”.

His example was the mistake that the credible journal The Lancet, made in publishing a paper that claimed to be scientific research than claimed to find a link between vaccination and autism.

Finkel said “The author was an ideologue out to make a point. He engineered the study to give him the outcomes he wanted. And even then, he didn’t get them. So he took the next step and manipulated the data. This wasn’t science. This was fraud. It should never have been published in a journal”.

While there has been a huge amount of research that disproves this theory, the paper is now known as a “Zombie Paper”.  No matter how many times you kill it, it always rises again”.

Dr Finkel’s paper can be read here.

The trucking equivalent might well be the press that was associated with increasing the load carrying capacity of trucks and the introduction of B-Doubles.  Peter Hart the Chairman of the ARTSA (Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association) who organised the conference, showed pictures of headlines back in 1988 that said “Road monsters are heading our way”, and “Let us say no to the juggernauts”.

In fact, bigger trucks have proved to have as good if not better safety records that the vehicle they replaced and it takes less big trucks to carry the same amount of freight.

There is a whole approach in this regard called PBS – Performance Based Standards.  This allows the truck industry to present options that are not just meeting a proscriptive standard of say, the maximum load limit of a truck, but rather to submit a trailer axle design that meets the requirements of a limit of damage to the road.   In this way specialist trucks weight up to 80 tonnes but are not causing any more damage to the road.  Without this you would need more trucks on the road.

The slides from all the presentations are at http://www.artsa.com.au/conferences/gls/2018 

Martin Toomey from Scania noted that the average age of trucks in Australia is at least 18 years. This is one of the oldest fleets in the developed world. China is around the 4 years!  With something like 40% built before 2003, the pollution from these vehicles can be 60-80 times higher than a modern vehicle that meets Euro 5 and Euro 6 standard.

Furthermore 99% of electric buses are in China and each week they are placing the same number of new electric buses as the entire London bus fleet.
 

Victorian traffic and its management 

Non-Peak Flows
When I was in Melbourne for the AITPM minsters lunch and the freight summit I noticed a few things about Melbourne and its roads that I would appreciate any thoughts you may have.

I drove back into Melbourne from the east on a Sunday evening. The outbound flow of traffic on the Monash Freeway (four lanes) was very high. I had a similar situation when traveling from Geelong to the airport a few months ago in the afternoon where I expected the outbound traffic from Melbourne to be high but the inbound (then turning north to the airport) was catastrophic. Does Melbourne, more than other cities, have larger non-peak direction flows?

Blue lane marking out of Phillip Island 
The race track at Phillip Island produces some horrendous traffic flows at a few times of the year. For most of the year, the main road through the island is one lane in each direction.  But at the peak weekend times associated with major events, they have a blue lane marking that allows traffic to form into two, tightly packed lanes.  I wonder how autonomous cars will cope with this?
 

Autonomous cars and increased capacity

Talking of autonomous cars, it is said that they will increase the capacity of motorway because vehicles will be able to travel closer together.  The standard capacity of a road is calculated on a vehicle every 2 seconds. Having travelled over a number of Melbourne motorways recently I have yet to find people leaving the suggested gap between vehicles. I frequently measure the gap (in seconds) between me and the vehicle ahead to ensure I am at a safe distance. This means that other cars readily cut into the space but that is a cost I am prepared to wear.
 

Closing a lane 

A local in Melbourne has expressed frustration that one lane of the Monash Freeway has been closed for some time because, he believes, they are erecting new sound walls.  His frustration is that the sound walls are well removed from the motor way and there is a desperate need for more capacity.

I wonder if he is right?
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> NATIONAL CONFERENCE NEWS
An overview of the conference is as follows:
  • Tuesday 24th July: Two informative city tours to choose from (Perth City highlights bike tour/ RAC Autonomous Intellibus tour)
  • Wednesday 25th July: Concurrent and plenary sessions across four streams
  • Thursday 26th July: Concurrent and plenary sessions across four streams
  • Friday 27th July: Four forums and workshops to choose from.

Don’t forget the workshops 

The Conference not only has a wide range of papers during the first two full days, but on the third day there are four workshops.

Transport Planning interactive workshop
Our cities and towns are changing. Working with some of WA’s Councils to reimagine a local street, to a number of different scenarios from anything goes to watching the pennies! This is your chance to get creative and make a difference, working with small groups of individuals with support from locals to give context to the streets. We will be looking at making these streets more usable, friendly and vibrant places to be. And reclaiming them from the car!

Traffic Engineering and Management interactive workshop/site tour
Come and join us for a tour around some of Perth’s key traffic / network operations facilities for our City. We will be leaving from PCEC and visiting RNOC, Wellington Street Bus Station and the QUBE control room.
RNOC (Road Network Operations Centre) is operated by Main Roads WA and is the central hub for the management of the City major road networks and traffic signals. This facility is also used for the management of significant events and traffic management. Wellington Street Bus Station is a state of the art bus interchange with dynamic stand allocation allowing for more effecient management of bus services.
QUBE run a control room here in the City which manage their freight movements, track their vehicles and allow for prompt incident management.

Transport and Land use modelling interactive workshop
The Transport and land use modelling workshop provides one of the few opportunities Australia-wide to interact and network with a range of transport and land use modellers and has now been going for over 6 years. Activities will include a discussion on the hot topic of Activity Based modelling in North America and Australia, a series of rapid fire presentations by young professional modellers, an exploration of the impacts of operational modelling on traffic signals in the Perth CBD and an interactive panel session with a range of guest speakers from around Australia in conjunction with drinks to end the day.  Come and join our strong industry community, build connections and contribute to sharing knowledge and information about this specialist field.

Freight and Ports Workshop
The “Westport Supply Chain of the Future: Think-a-thon”. Participants will work in teams to confront the real world challenge of creating a vision of the Westport in 2068; defining how its supply chain will operate and integrate. Solutions will be judged by panel of experts with winners awarded separate prizes for:
1.    The most popular solution and
2.    The most creative and effective solution.
Westport will host and facilitate this event

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AITPM National Conference Convenor
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> STATE BRANCH EVENTS
> South Australian Branch

22 June
Branch General Meeting

 

> New South Wales Branch

7 June
NSW Young Professionals’ Career Development Event 

27 June
General Meeting and Dinner
 
> AITPM BECOMES A COMPANY
The Australian Securities and Investment Commission has approved AITPM’s application for registration as a company effective from 2 May 2018. The Certificate of Registration can be viewed on the AITPM website.

The Institute is now formally referred to as the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management Ltd and the Constitution approved by unanimous vote by members at last years’ AGM takes immediate effect.

In accordance with the Constitution the office bearers of the AITPM National Council have transitioned into the Board of Directors with the National President and National Vice President retaining their titles.

Notification of the approval is very timely as the Institute approaches the call for nominations for elected Directors to the Board and the Annual General Meeting in July in Perth. The new board will elect a new President for 2018-19 following the AGM.
 
This approval by ASIC completes a process which commenced nearly two years ago. In that time National Council had been preparing itself for the transition to a Board of Directors including the establishment of key committees and receiving governance training.

There will be no change to the services provided to members other than improved efficiencies in delivery.

The Board of Directors welcomes this significant event and again acknowledges the contributions and commitment of those members who established the Institute over 50 years ago and provided the basis for what the Institute is today.
 
AITPM Fellow Members Graeme Pattison and Alan Finlay and David Brown often swap emails about some traffic engineering issues. Here are a few that are worth reflecting on including some comments from others.

Emerging Technology Transport Strategy discussion

The City of Melbourne has released a report that says in the introduction: “New and emerging technologies provide both opportunities and challenges for our future city. The City of Melbourne will be a leader in innovating and piloting transport technology which supports a smart, global, connected city, while ensuring our city remains a place that prioritises people. Equally, the City of Melbourne expects that new regulations will be needed to optimise emerging technologies to capture the benefits while mitigating negative outcomes”.

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David B’s highlights of some of the points raised and a comment

Some of the more salient points raised in the report include:
  • Shared driverless services might also use advertising in vehicles to provide more competitive user costs.
  • Driverless cars will require large amounts of data to operate, and will also generate new data linked to location, safety, destinations and habits. This data will be of value to different parties and will raise significant privacy issues if linked to identities of passengers.
  • Pedestrian counters and on-street parking sensors are used to monitor the performance of the city. Sensors can support the efficient movement of people and enable better decision making in the future.
  • Mobility as a Service (MaaS) platform, Finland
  • Finland is pioneering an integrated platform to bring together multiple mobility services. For a monthly fee, subscribers can access public transport, car share, ride share and bike share.
  • Participating services provide data so it can be centrally managed to provide visibility for users and improve transport planning. New regulations discourage competition between public and private modes.
  • Studies have suggested a well managed MaaS platform with shared services supporting public transport can deliver a reduction in vehicle kilometres travelled, comparable to a congestion charge (ITF 2017).
  • Shared streets data platform, United States
  • Kerbsides are becoming increasingly contested city spaces for pick-ups, drop-offs, deliveries, service vehicles, disability access and emergency services.
  • With information available about parking availability, demand and vehicle arrival time there are new ways to manage these spaces.
  • A shared streets data platform acts as a 3rd party between government and private companies, enabling more cooperation.
The report was brave enough to address two scenarios, one of which is not flattering to government:
  • Scenario 1: Government action and private sector cooperation
  • Scenario 2: Government inertia and aggressive private sector competition

The impact of aggressive private sector competition should not be overlooked.  I have had a presentation accepted to be delivered at the 6th Australian ITS Summit 2018 to be held from 28 - 29 August 2018 in Sydney , the titled “Competition, dominance and monopoly – issues for MaaS.

Graeme’s comment 
Like many reports it has illustrations of future scenarios that indicate the population is half that of today's, despite the reports predicting much increased urban densities. (ie like T4NSW animations showing almost empty stations and trains.)

Michael Kolos comments 
My hope is that the division between public transport and driverless vehicle services will blur, much like mobile phones and laptops / computers have. Nowadays most anything a computer does a phone does and has comparable processing power with growing phone screen size and indeed more uses (apps) for phones than computers (my opinion).

Hopefully this means public transport becomes more flexible, frequent and affordable.

Seriously I am concerned about our current and seemingly growing sense of entitlement with regard to the future of autonomous vehicles. I think prestige, privacy, priority will trump the common good, so that in our selfishness, we’ll each have driverless cars, even to the point of a child having one. Not only could this increase VKT with sheer vehicle numbers, but much driving to and fro, empty could worsen congestion. An example could be someone is driven in their autonomous vehicle to work across town, can’t get parking, so send their empty car home to be garaged, then later in the day, request their empty car back to pick them up to drive them home, resulting in twice the trips.

Forgive me if I come across as a socialist, which I don’t think I am, but I think we may need some means of reducing:
  • Urban expansion by encouraging densification
  • Travel demand by denser cities, use of technology and flexible work practice
  • Access to privately owned transport
I hope I don’t trip as I step off my soap box.

Alan’s reply 
I’m with you Michael – unless there is a comprehensive transport pricing regime (including congestion pricing), congestion is likely to be worse with greater proportion of AVs.
 

Pilot steps onto moving ship

Stopping a large ship takes a huge amount of time, space and energy, so stopping for a passenger is not worth the effort.

Here is a rather ponderous video that shows how it is done without stopping 

Graeme’s comment 
Not sure if this relates to pedestrian safety or transport

Alan’s comment 
Reminds me a bit if my misspent youth – “legging on” to moving trains in the days when there were no automatic doors.

David’s comment 
Alan: If only we had understood the key measure of throughput and the major capacity restrain for trains was stopping to let passengers on and off, we could have justified our youthful “legging on” as a community service.
 

The Design Bible that changed how Americans bike in cities 

The Atlantic on-line newspaper carried an article about the spread of bike infrastructure that is built to a high-quality standards. They began the article with the statement “A movement has brought safer bicycle lanes to the United States. But it took a manual to spread them”.

While there had been reference material, the article said that a pivotal development was the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) publishing their “Urban Bikeway Design Guide”. 

AITPM member Dick van den Dool’s comment  
The NACTO “Bike Bible” is a really good instrument full of great ideas, useful design details and easy to read sketches to assist professionals with the delivery of cost-effective bicycle infrastructure. Warren and I frequently refer to it in the pedestrian/bicycle design training courses we run for RMS. 

The article also provides a useful explanation about the failure of the formal government instruments by AASHTO, etc. The NACTO guide should be read in conjunction with the Dutch Bicycle Design Manual by CROW and of course the great work by Austroads (eg GtRD 6A which was updated only last year, which great new diagrams on selection path types and widths). In NSW, the RMS Bicycle Guidelines prevail over all, especially in terms of signs and markings typology, route evaluation, intersection design, etc. My favourite diagram is the one for separation of bikes and cars.

Dick is running some training courses for designing pedestrians and bicycle riders in Sydney in June http://www.sustainabletransport.com.au/training1.html
 

Questions over Western Australian speed camera accuracy 

Police in Western Australia have suspended using eleven new mobile speed cameras after they discovered a woman was wrongly accused of speeding at 162km/h (100 mph) on the freeway.

Link

Alan’s comment 
The speed camera story brought back memories from my NRMA days when we successfully challenged a speeding infringement by an old lady in a Nissan Pulsar accused of 100 km/h shortly after leaving a side street. RTA withdrew the charges but would not say why. 
 

Driver banner for Tesla passenger seat stunt 

A man’s been banned from driving for putting his Tesla into autopilot mode and sitting in the passenger seat on the busy M1 north of London.

Link

Alan’s comment 
The Tesla story should be entitled Blind Faith. 
 
> DISCUSSION POINTS
Only in Australia

Graeme’s photo needs no further comment other than to note it was taken on City West Link Rd, Sydney.
Mirvac future proofs car parks for autonomous vehicles

The rollout of Type 1 and Type 2 charging stations and two Tesla Destination charge points in all of Mirvac’s urban malls in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne was prompted by a business-wide review which showed a shift towards electric vehicles, ride sharing and mobility that couldn’t be ignored.

Link

Graeme’s comment
Future proofing is strong wording. Guess it means Mirvac really thinks the coming changes are going to have a big impact.

I also note that most electricity "bowsers" are designed to look like petrol bowsers, to make the public comfortable with the change??

And I hope the EV industry soon comes up with a common plug and socket system

Alan’s comment 
I note that so far (to my knowledge) all of these EV charging points are free. Australia is facing a problem with declining revenue from fuel excise and other fuel-related taxes as the proportion of EVs increases. I wonder at what point EV drivers will have to start paying for electricity, and would it be just for the kw-h used or would it include a road use charge?  Alternatively, the solution might be to eliminate fuel taxes and introduce electronic road pricing everywhere so that both EVs and conventional vehicles pay through the same mechanism.
 
> AITPM EXCELLENCE AWARD DEADLINE EXTENDED
The AITPM Excellence Award is the peak industry accolade in the Traffic and Transport industry. This award recognise professional excellence and encourage innovation and practices that challenge the standard way that industry approaches their services. Winners of the award will have demonstrated practices which will drive improvements in the industry that ultimately benefit the wider community.

This award is a great opportunity for AITPM members to gain reward and recognition for innovations in Traffic Engineering/Management, Transport Planning, Transport and Land Use Modelling, Road Safety and Traffic Data.

The Excellence Award recognises excellence across all of the related fields of Traffic and Transportation. Submissions are invited from members (including corporate member organisations) in any field covered by the AITPM membership.

This includes:

    •    Traffic Engineering/Management
    •    Transport Planning
    •    Transport and Land Use Modelling
    •    Road Safety
    •    Traffic Data

Three finalists will be announced in June 2018 and invited to attend the 2018 National Conference including airfares, accommodation and registration to the conference, where they will present at the Awards Gala Dinner on the Wednesday night of the conference and be presented with an Award Certificate. An overall winner will be selected from the three finalists and will receive the Janet Brash Memorial trophy.


If you are in the process of preparing a submission for these awards, please let us know before the closing date at aitpm@aitpm.com.

More information is available on our website (https://www.aitpm.com.au/aitpm-awards/aitpm-excellence-awards/ ) or you can download a brochure via the button below.
 
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> WORTH A READ
Sainsbury’s trials electric bike deliveries
Sainsbury’s is trialling the UK’s first grocery delivery service by electric cargo bike. The fleet of five zero emission bikes will be trialled across South London – delivering up to 100 orders a day to local customers who have shopped online.

Link

As baby boomers age, who will be left to love the car?
This is not a story about looking after vintage, internal combustion engine cars.
Changes in how we plan our transport networks for the future are urgently needed, says the first report from the Commission on Travel Demand.

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Australia’s first electric vehicle how-to guide to ease confusion
Plugging in to electric vehicle infrastructure is set to become a whole lot easier in Queensland following the release of Australia’s first guide to installing EV chargers for property owners, planners and developers.

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Queensland Government Announces $45bn Infrastructure-Heavy Budget
The Queensland government will roll out $45 billion worth of infrastructure across the next four years as the state keeps up with its growing population.

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NTC seeks feedback on a safety assurance system for automated vehicles
Australia’s approach to a safety assurance system for automated vehicles is the subject of a Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) which opened for public consultation.

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The influence of internet use on transport demand
This report presents a discussion of the influence that internet-enabled communication technologies are having, and might have, on patterns of transport demand in New Zealand. 

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Restoration Work Commences on Darling Harbour’s Historic Pyrmont Bridge
State heritage-listed Pyrmont Bridge at Sydney’s Darling Harbour, one of the world’s oldest electrically operated swing-span bridges, has had structural restoration works commence which will see the bridge remain an active city landmark.

 
> AITPM NEWS
South Australia Branch meeting - ‘Safe Intersection Design’

The ‘Safe Intersection Design’ Tech Forum was held at The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. It was presented by Associate professor Jeremy Woolley, Co-author (with the ARRB) of the Austroads Research Report ‘Understanding and Improving Safe System Intersection Performance’.
Jeremy was as always passionate about promoting the ‘Safe systems’ approach and in particular road safety at intersections. He put forward the challenge of designing intersections which reduce the severity of crashes, minimise conflict points, remove/simplify road user decisions, minimise impact angles and minimise entry and impact speeds.

Jeremy presented a number of innovative design concepts outlined in the research report which address these challenges including raised intersections, variable speed limits at intersections and the use of roundabouts as a preferred treatment. Intersection crashes still account for approximately 30% of severe injuries in Australia and New Zealand often resulting in death or serious injury.
This event was well attended by over 50 delegates.
 

Queensland Branch - Bike Week Technical Seminar

The AITPM QLD branch held a technical seminar during the Queensland bike week. The technical seminar consisted of seven short presentations with topics focusing on the development of new practice and design guidance for bicycle infrastructure. The event was very educational and popular, with a full crowd in attendance at the WSP office. Special thank you to the presenters, including Michael Langdon, Kendrick Benson, Prue Oswin, Jerryn Zwart, Tara Herley and Stuart Rothwell.”
One of our student members Tom Grohovaz wrote the following note about the breakfast event
 
This year I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend the annual AITPM QLD Breakfast.

During the event Dennis Walsh (TMR) spoke about the direction that Road Safety is taking in Queensland and David Bobberman (Austroads) gave an insight into the importance of making road design decisions in the planning phase.


Queensland Branch - Annual Breakfast

AITPM QLD Branch held their annual breakfast at the Brisbane City Hall, which was proudly sponsored by SMEC. The theme for this year’s breakfast was focussed on Road Safety in Queensland with presentations from Dennis Walsh, General Manager of Land Transport Safety, Department of Transport and Main Roads and David Bobbermen, Austroads Safety Program Manager. The attendees enjoyed a delightful serving of breakfast, with tea and coffee, while listening to informative presentations on the Overview of Road Safety in Queensland and Austroads’ Road Safety Program.”
Both presentations were a valuable learning experience for me, as I feel that university learning is often very focussed on technical skills and gloss over giving an understanding of the big picture.  Listening to industry professionals that have this big picture view is always well worth my time and I find it helps give context to the technical skills I have learned.

I particularly found David’s presentation on the importance of applying design standards on a network-wide basis very interesting, as it is something that I have not had to think about before. His message was aiming to increase overall network safety rather than singular project safety by making design decisions in planning phase. I think it makes good sense that if a whole road network is not of the same safety standard, the crashes would have happened elsewhere in the network will cumulate at the lowest safety point. 

I also really appreciate networking that AITPM events allow and especially enjoyed my talk to some members about light rail.

To all my colleagues, I would definitely recommend becoming an AITPM member as the knowledge and networking opportunities available are immense.
> QUIRKY NEWS
Signs installed to slow down drivers removed after complaints that they slow down drivers
Children are being killed and injured in the streets of Toronto, so the City has installed a number of flex-post signs in the middle of the road near school zones to remind people that the speed limit is 40 km/hr (~25 MPH). But according to a report on Global News, the City is removing some of them because there are complaints that they are slowing down traffic on one street where cars drive too fast on a regular basis.

DC police to residents: Don’t dial 911 when seeing bikeshare users
But the D.C. police found itself issuing a statement urging residents to “refrain from dialing 911 to report suspicious activity for merely utilizing bikeshare services,” after posts appeared on a Georgetown local listserv by a resident urging neighbors to report bike users to police. The posting was first reported by WAMU, which noted that one poster even recommended urging D.C.’s attorney general to investigate.

Harley-Davidson seeks interns to ride motorcycles, use social media 
Harley-Davidson is seeking paid interns willing to spend their summers riding around on motorcycles and chronicling the experience on social media.

The motorcycle manufacturer announced the "Find Your Freedom" internships, a 12-week program for full-time interns to learn how to ride motorcycles and be "brand enthusiasts" on social media.

Seeking to revive an ancient transport network in the UK

The UK has thousands of kilometres of inland waterways - navigable rivers and canals - built to move goods in the 19th century.

For many years they have been neglected.

But as roads get busier, businesses and environmental groups are looking for new ways to revive a forgotten transport network.

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> SPONSORS & ADVERTISING
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
  • 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
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