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President's Message
Andrew Leedham

 
The annual conference to be held in Melbourne in August is fast approaching and I am pleased to see a blend on local, national and international speakers will be presenting a range of technical papers and keynote addresses.

I am particularly excited by the prospect of listening to the presentations by Brent Toderian and Dr Luis "Pilo" Williamson.

Brent is a nationally and internationally respected practioner from Canada who with his experience in city planning and urban design has helped to shape development in many cities around the world. He emphasises the "complete city" not just a liveable one which integrates multi-modal mobility, active transportation, place making and street activation. Brent will present in the first session on day one of the conference.

I am also pleased to announce that AITPM is bringing Pilo Williamson to Australia not only for the conference in Melbourne but also a short post conference tour of  the other states. Pilo is a leading authority from the UK on transport modelling and will present on each day of the conference and at the modelling workshop. Further details on his visit will be announced in the next few days and in the lead up to the conference

These two well regarded speakers, supported by a number of other quality speakers from around the country, are just a few of the reasons you need to register your attendance at what promises to be another rewarding event. I hope to see you there.

Andrew Leedham 
President 

National Conference


The 2017 conference will be held in Melbourne at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. 

The conference will start with a welcoming cocktail function on the evening of 15th August; the main conference will follow on 16th August and 17th August and the workshops / forums will be on 18th August.
(http://www.aitpm.com.au/Conference/conference-home)
 

Conference brochure

Members should have received a conference flyer and a floor plan of the conference area or they can get a copy from our web site.

Members are encouraged to pass on a copy of the to the appropriate people in their own company or other organisations or individuals who you think would benefit from participating in our major event. 
 

Conference Program

 
Key functions, sessions and speakers at the conference have now been scheduled including:

Tuesday 15 August 2017

  • Welcome and Pre-Conference Cocktail Party
Wednesday 16 August 2017 
  • Morning session - PLENARY SESSION 1: THE CHALLENGE – YOUR TRANSPORT FUTURE Local and International Speakers including Brent Todarian 
  • Pre-dinner drinks and Conference Dinner – Melbourne Room, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Thursday 17 August 2017 
  • PLENARY SESSION 2: MOVEMENT AND PLACE - Session before lunch - Local and International Speakers
  • PLENARY SESSION 3: WOMEN IN TRANSPORT - Afternoon session - High Profile National Speakers
  • PLENARY SESSION 4: OUR FUTURE – Afternoon session - National and International Speakers
  • Social Evening Networking Event held at the Boat Builders Yard
Friday 18 August 2017
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff offices, Level 15, 28 Freshwater Place Southbank
  • Active Transport Workshop
  • Transport Modelling Interactive Forum
  • Melbourne Transport Projects Tour
The conference program page on our website is at https://www.aitpm.com.au/national-conference/program/

Contacts

Conference Enquiries
Karen Hooper
PO Box 1070
Toombul Qld 4012
Ph: 0413 828 721
aitpm@aitpm.com

Conference Convenors
Scott Benjamin
Mob: +61 406 798 196
S.Benjamin@pb.com.au

Reece Humphreys
Mob: +61 411 961 816
reece.humphreys@gta.com.au
 
Sponsorship Coordinator
Paul Smith
Mob: +61 419 766 990
paul.smith@wda.vic.gov.au
Reflections from the Editor 
David Brown
  • Professional Expertise
  • Help Shape the Future of the Guide to Traffic Management
  • Webinar
  • Communication Group 
  • ‘Gamechanger for cycling in England’
  • Wolfson Economics Prize – Innovative ways to charge motorists 
  • Transport Professional bias – It might not be malicious or ego driven but it is real
  • Using transport data in non-traditional ways 
  • A reflection on history brings out more facts'
  • Historical material 
Professional Expertise

I received a few emails lamenting that technical positions are not being filled in the NSW road authority the RMS especially in the area of traffic signal control.

A senior IT position has not been filled since a long serving staff remember retired in 2009.

One person retired some 4 years ago, the acting replacement (note the position is not formally filled) has now retired.

There is a perception that autonomous cars and V2I will solve everything (and make SCATS redundant?) but I think more than ever with emerging technologies we need traffic management expertise to consider the system wide operations rather than leaving it up to technologies developed from the individual car driver’s perspective.
 

Help Shape the Future of the Guide to Traffic Management


Austroads has commissioned a strategic review of the Guide to Traffic Management. 

If you use the Guide or it influences your work, they would like you to complete an online survey which seeks feedback on: usefulness of the Guide; subject matter; structure of the Guide; updating the Guide; and desired features when moving the Guide to an online environment. 

But you have to be quick. Access the survey via the link below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/strategic-review-of-the-guide-to-traffic-management-online-survey
 

Webinar 


Webinars are proving to be a very valuable way of getting an informed presentation to a wide audience.

One of the reasons I like them is that you can copy a slide on your screen for future reference (especially if it has a lot of information).  The ARRB webinars also keep them on record so you can watch them at a convenient time (of course this means you cannot ask questions but still get the information).

Austroads is presenting a webinar on the National ITS Architecture, FRAME Content Mapping on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM AEST.

This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the National ITS Architecture (NIA) which provides a common approach for planning, defining, and integrating intelligent transportation systems.

More information here: https://www.onlinepublications.austroads.com.au/items/WEB-NS1697-17
 

Communication Group 


I have been talking with a few colleagues about the need for making the most use of our opportunities to raise and discuss issues about transport.

The colleagues have experience in transport, marketing, journalism, project management and behaviour change.

Our purpose is to establish and resource a communication group to cover transport planning and management that promotes ideas, clarity on issues and embraces technology.  It can also be entertaining. It is summarised by the expression “What does it look like when it is working?”.

I have received some encouraging comments about the project including from Lucille Gusah, an undergraduate Civil Engineer at AECOM who said:

I think what you are doing is great and needed. I also feel the transport engineering industry doesn't have enough engaging platforms for discussion. 

I notice other industries like urban planning and design seem to have more robust discussions. I am part of a Facebook Group for urban planning teachers and students at Melbourne University that have very interesting discussions and share relevant articles. 

I wish similar communities for active discussion could be stimulated with the more technical flare of engineering.
Lucille has invited me onto the FaceBook Group which has the wonderful name of "Urban Happiness: University of Melbourne planning and design ideas". 

Perhaps there is already some communications about transport that we don’t know about.  I know of a few FaceBook pages on transport but they tend to be rather dry, focused on a specific company or, as is common with social media, focused on the negative aspects of transport decisions.
 
If you have a favourite site for general discussion and/or if you are interested in knowing more please let me know.
 

‘Gamechanger for cycling in England’


AITPM member Paul Froggatt who regularly sends me interesting links to transport stories has this one from the Guardian

Transport projects for all modes often get announced based on short term political expediency.  Funding amounts can go up and down and projects can be selected solely on the grounds that they look good.  For continuity, we need consistent and adequate long-term funding for cycling and walking provision and this is what the Guardian says the cycling and walking investment strategy (CWIS) does.

The article shows that this is not an overnight action either in setting it up or what it wants to achieve:

The government’s intention to launch a CWIS was first announced in January 2015. It took more than two years, but we now have the first legislation of its kind in England to bind the government with legal commitments to invest in cycling and walking provision.
 

Wolfson Economics Prize – Innovative ways to charge motorists 


Paul also sent in a link to a story ‘Finalists announced for Wolfson prize’ http://www.ciht.org.uk/en/media-centre/news/index.cfm/finalists-announced-for-wolfson-prize 

Road user charging is a hot topic but it is often talked about as to why it is needed from rather prosaic views of transport operation.  It is also assumed that the approach is pretty straight forward. But I really like the idea of getting a range of areas of expertise to creatively think about the problem. 

A little while ago Prof David Hensher (a good friend of the AITPM) spoke of the need to make a charge simple enough to be understandable and that people could readily consider when they are deciding what trips to make, but which mode, at which time and using what route.  He also noted that the charge does not, and indeed must not, be seen as a huge impost that is aimed at revenue collection.

Accordingly we need to involve economists, marketers and behaviour change experts (at least) to come to the best solution.
 

Transport professional bias – it might not be malicious or ego driven but it is real


I had a lovely chat with Dr Alexa Delbosc from Monash on the topic of a recent paper she co-authored (with Kelcie Ralph) titled “I’m multimodal, aren’t you? How ego-centric anchoring biases experts”.

Public comment on transport solutions is understandably based on applied assumptions of the problem and the solution. That is not surprising.  But this approach spills over into so called research, which, to my mind is often not open minded inquiry but rather compiling a justification for a preconceived idea.

The word ‘ego’ is not used to have a go at professional vanity. In psychology the ego is the component of the personality that is represented by our conscious decision-making process. 

Here are a couple of quotes:

“We were interested, my colleague and I, in a lot of research recently about millennial generation and some assumptions that researchers and practitioners were making about what millennials are like and how they travelled and that was the inspiration for this research because we were wondering if some of those assumptions were because of the personal experience of the people who were interested in the topic.

I have a background in psychology and I know it is very easy to draw from our own personal experiences and our own thoughts and feelings when we try to think about what other people are doing and thinking."

“A few years ago, we got very excited about the millennials because they’re taking longer to get their licence and they’re travelling differently. Are they going to be the saviour of a transport system”. 

But we've recently had a bit of a reality check that certain inner city Urban living millennials of a certain demographic that are taking a long time to finish schooling, and taking gap years.  Sure they are taking their time in getting a car but there’s a whole other perspective on millennials that's just not their case. That's not what they going through - they maybe even struggling to find a job in the first place and they need that car to get to that job, so again it's just different perspectives on the same problem."


The full interview can be heard at http://drivenmedia.com.au/wp/ (if necessary search on the site for “Alexa”).
 

Using transport data in non-traditional ways 


This year’s AITPM National Conference will have several papers on our approach and our use of transport data.

Recently in one of our video news stories we reported on an analysis that concluded that in the UK overcoming the barriers that currently inhibit sharing of transport data could produce nearly $24.5 billion Australian dollars of benefit from new innovations by 2025.

This is true in developing countries as much as in first world countries. 

WhereIsMyTransport, the winner of the 2017 Promising Transport Innovation Award, provides unparalleled access to data for users, operators and planners in developing countries.

WhereIsMyTransport centralises mobility data in a platform that anyone can build upon to provide transport information (e.g. feed digital signage at stops), develop software products (e.g. mobility apps for transport users), or analyse metrics to improve transport provision (e.g. as a tool for city transport planners). 

https://www.itf-oecd.org/transport-ministers-honour-%E2%80%9Cground-breaking%E2%80%9D-mobility-platform-cities 
 

A reflection on history brings out more facts


A recent AITPM video news story on Arthur Sims the ‘Father of the Sydney Coordinated Adaptive Traffic System – SCATS brought out a few more stories about some of the situations that happened when you are in the midst of developing revolutionary technology. 

AITPM member Ken Dobinson sent in a few tales.  Here is one of them:

The DMR received a request from Singapore to look over the SCATS system that they had heard of. The deputation was led by the Singapore Minister for Transport. He and his team were shown over the system by Arthur and were most impressed. Some little time later a formal request came from Singapore for Arthur to visit Singapore to discuss the SCATS system with their technical people. Typical of government protocol, the request was accompanied by a request for details about background and particularly Arthur’s CV.  I sent a telegram back with brief background of people involved with SCATS and their qualifications plus the comment “Arthur Sims - genius, discuss with Minister for Transport”. The simple reply telegram came back “Send him, Minister”.

Incidentally at that time, Premier approval had to be given in NSW for persons to proceed overseas for business purposes. I had made two requests for Arthur to go to Singapore, both knocked back, so I had made the third supported by the Singapore Minister’s telegram. The approval came through as Arthur flew over Darwin on his way there!!!

 

Historical material 


I have been having some correspondence with Vince Taranto who is compiling historical documents, pictures and films for the organisation for the NSW Road Authority, the RMS.  

The sound grabs of Arthur Sims (mentioned above) and the film footage used in the video news story “How did a road authority appeal to the public at the 1969 Easter Show?” were from Vince’s efforts and finding and storing historical material.

I was pondering a greater use of the information to a wider audience.  Vince said that he personally found the history of mobility, cars and traffic management to be fascinating but did not think the general public would be so absorbed.

He is right in that we do not want to try and get the public interested in very detailed technical detail but I do think we can go further than we are.

My approach is to create a narrative using a range of sound grabs and vision.  I would not for example use all of Arthur's voice recordings which go for over an hour.  I think they are for research in the future. But I think there is room for telling some history which requires a range of skills and resources to make a story out of it and to relate it to today.

As to the public, I think there are just opportunities (I have done talk back for example) where we can drop in a bit of history. The story of Arthur's father working at the locomotive sheds and then Arthur getting a room named after him is wonderful.

David Brown
@db_drivenmedia
www.drivenmedia.com.au 


Matrix - Conference Diamond Sponsor

BUILDING TEAM CULTURE

Marty Prowse, Managing Director of Matrix Traffic and Transport Data, was delighted with the Matrix management team workshop held earlier this year in Bali, Indonesia. “We had a great 2016, with excellent sales growth across all our markets. The team worked very hard and it was great to get away for a week and spend time discussing work and having a lot of fun with our daily team activities. I felt particularly pleased to see our team set goals for 2017, while also relaxing and enjoying themselves after a very busy 2016”

Kevin John, Director of Market Development, expressed his joy at being part of the Matrix team. “When I joined Matrix I had no idea how well the team got along. Everyone is here for each other and our team motto “hard work wins” is certainly the reason we have been so successful in 2016. I am looking forward to what 2017 brings and the ongoing development of our team and operations. In 2018, we will enjoy a larger staff workshop that will allow us to improve our service delivery and grow our team bonds even stronger.”

Robert Buck, NSW State Manager noted how the management workshop “allowed our teams from Australia, New Zealand, Bali, Malaysia and Korea to get together and have the opportunity to discuss matters that impact each team. It was advantageous to streamline our operations even though we are so far away. It was a pleasure to visit our Bali offices and to meet our local team. Climbing the volcano mountain was a highlight - not something we do every day - and it helped us to work together, caring for each other as we achieved mutual goals. Can’t wait for our 2018 workshop which will include more staff and is sure to improve our team’s cohesion.” 
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Our wide range of data collection and reporting services includes: Intersection Counts | Automatic Traffic Counters (ATC)
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NEWS


Australian guidelines for automated vehicle trials invite nationwide testing of new-era technology


Australian governments are taking steps to move to a new era of mobility, with the launch of national guidelines for trials of automated vehicles.

Guidelines for trials of automated vehicles in Australia is a joint publication of the National Transport Commission (NTC) and Austroads. The guidelines support state and territory road agencies in providing exemptions or permits for trials, and give greater certainty to industry on conditions for trials. 
 

Torrens Road to River Torrens Project update


In Adelaide, the Road to River Torrens Project (T2T) Alliance reached a major milestone with the opening of the new Outer Harbor rail overpass over South Road.
There is a new video on the construction of this part of the project here.
 

Yellow line trial on highway upgrade


The Federal Government is cock-a-hoop about a ‘yellow line’ safety trial starting on 155-kilometre Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade, helping motorists more easily identify work zones.

http://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/chester/releases/2017/april/dc089_2017.aspx 

Alan Finlay has reviewed their announcement and offers the following comments:

Those traffic engineers among us of a ‘certain age’ will recall that Australia used both white and yellow road markings in years gone by.  Typically, the double separation line in the centre of the road was coloured yellow, while lane lines and other longitudinal markings were white.

I recall a politically incorrect student friend who threatened to encourage pesky children to “go and play on the double yellows”.

Then someone questioned the additional cost of using two paint colours.  Surely it would be simpler and cheaper to use white markings everywhere? Studies were done and the conclusions were positive, and so we adopted white markings for all except alpine areas (where yellow markings clearly contrast better with snow). Yellow markings are also sometimes used against the kerb to indicate urban Clearways.

More recently, some road works sites in Victoria (Tullamarine Freeway widening – will it ever be finished?!) and NSW (Pacific Highway upgrade from Woolgoolga to Ballina) are using yellow lines to indicate the changed conditions due to road works.  In both cases, the yellow lines are supplemented by signage.

In the NSW trial case, motorists using the relevant section are encouraged to complete a survey to rate their experience (see: http://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/chester/releases/2017/april/dc089_2017.aspx)

From my observations, one of the biggest challenges at road works sites is ensuring that the intended line marking is the one that motorists see and comply with, and not the erased line markings.  Sometimes the latter are simply painted over with black paint, but still appear quite prominently at night and/or in wet conditions.  Will the yellow markings be any better under such conditions?

What do AITPM Members think?

Alan Finlay
May 2017

 

Texting bays offered to WA drivers


In an Australian first, motorists in the state's South West and Peel regions are being offered designated bays for texting on their mobile phones.

It is part of an experiment by some of WA's Roadwise committees and is funded by the West Australian Road Safety Commission (RSC).

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-15/texting-bays-offered-to-wa-motorists-in-bid-to-limit-road-toll/8445796
 

Overtaking ban: Main Roads’ radical holiday plan


Overtaking lanes in the South West would be blocked off during peak holiday periods including the Easter long weekend under a proposal to improve road safety and cut the road toll.

Main Roads is considering a trial, to begin as soon as this year, to test whether closing overtaking lanes on the busiest days of the year — when thousands of Perth families head south for holidays and long weekends — will improve traffic flow and reduce crashes.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/overtaking-ban-main-roads-radical-holiday-plan/news-story/a81576d3998a951623c0cb03d43bbd5c
 

New signs improve safety on Midwest roads

The City of Greater Geraldton has begun installation of 16 ‘Share the Road’ roadside signs to provide drivers with a warning that cyclists may be using the roads in the area.

The Road Safety Commission will now develop trials of new technology to WA, in the form of cyclist activated electronic warning signs.
https://www.rsc.wa.gov.au/News/Latest-News/New-signs-improve-safety-on-Midwest-roads

Alan Finlay comments:

The static sign will probably have little effect.  It might remind some but will be ignored by many.

The other sign briefly mentioned is more interesting.  From the description, it seems like it would be electronically activated by the cyclist and then de-activated once the cyclist has passed through?  I have looked on the various WA Government websites but can find nothing more about it.  Does anyone know anything more?

Audio interviews 


We regularly conduct extended interviews with stakeholders and research professionals in a wide are of traffic and transport activities.  Here are some of the latest.
 

Australia’s International work on bus rapid transit

It is a surprising fact that in a city like Sydney more trips are made by bus than by train and as the population increases and autonomous vehicles develop so the use of road corridor space will have to cater for more bus rapid transit.  

An international consortium including the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies at the University of Sydney is to continue its ground-breaking efforts to improve bus rapid transit systems with renewed backing from the Volvo Research and Education Foundation.
The funding is not linked nor bounded nor do they have to report to any Volvo manufacturing organisation.

Prof Mulley the founding Chair in Public Transport at the University of Sydney is part of this exercise.  We spoke to her about what they have been doing and how they are understanding the customer and the best way to serve those needs.

http://drivenmedia.com.au/wp/australias-international-work-on-bus-rapid-transit/
 

Dr Alexa Delbosc: Transport Professional bias – It might not be malicious or ego driven but it is real

How we envisage a problem leads to how we look for solutions.

Public comment on transport solutions is understandably based on applied assumptions of what the problem is. That is not surprising.  But this approach spills over into so called research, which, to my mind is often not open minded inquiry but rather compiling a justification for a preconceived idea.
It is not aiming to discover a new way of looking at things. It is compiling information for a polemic.

Dr Alexa Delbosc, whose PhD is in transport, is a Senior Lecturer in the Public Transport Research Group of the Institute of Transport Studies at Monash University.

Her research focuses on the changing travel habits of young people, transport psychology, human factors in public transport and the use of emerging technologies in transport.

Along with a colleague Kelcie Ralph she has written a paper titled “I’m multimodal, aren’t you? How ego-centric anchoring biases experts’ perceptions of travel patterns”.

It takes up the word Heuristic which is defined as enabling a person to discover or learn something for themselves.  It is any approach to problem solving, learning, or discovery.

Our perceptions and therefore our approaches are critical topics.

http://drivenmedia.com.au/wp/alexa-delbosc-transport-professional-bias-it-might-not-be-malicious-or-ego-driven-but-it-is-real/
 

Nissan’s thoughts on autonomous vehicles – quick evolution not immediate revolution

I have just been to a conference on Shaping Canberra’s Transport Future, Autonomous vehicles were a major issue.

Now planners have a series of theories and ideas about how AVs will impact the way we travel.

But what do the car companies think?

Automobile companies have a clear image of pleasing the customer with the new technology which is quite understandable but they also have some ideas about just how autonomous will operate.

Richard Emery is the CEO of Nissan Australia and he is very optimistic about what AV vehicles can do.
http://drivenmedia.com.au/wp/richard-emery-nissans-thoughts-on-autonomous-vehicles-quick-evolution-not-immediate-revolution/
 

Alan Davies – Bicycle freeways

Later this year the Victoria Government will open the $18 million 1.7-kilometre “missing link” in the bike network between the Darebin Creek and Yarra trails.

This is good but is there room for improvement?  Just because it is to do with active transport have we really maximised the benefits for as many users as possible.
Alan Davies is a prolific writer on urban transport issues and can be found in Crikey media as “The Urbanist”.  He joins us for a chat:

http://drivenmedia.com.au/wp/alan-davies-bicycle-freeways/

Video News


In the last month, the most popular AITPM video news stories have been:

Letters to the Editor


Dear David,

When confronted by too-frequent evidence that a career spent investigating “living with traffic” has had little impact,  I’ve been known to channel Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling: “My life has been a miserable failure”.  So, when I read Craig Wooldridge’s piece on the National Safe Active Streets Workshop in Perth I was heartened to see the proposal, 30 years later, of many of the elements of a “liveable street” that I wrote about in “Never mind the width – feel the quality!” (ARRB Conference 1988) and other literary gems which can be accessed at my ResearchGate page.  It took a while, but it seems ravens can fly under water after all.

But one item caught my attention: “Standard sight line requirements should not be followed (except at regulatory controlled intersections) as uncertainty reduces operating speeds without sacrificing safety.”  I would be interested to know what research underpinned this statement, because I am not convinced that deliberate limitation of sight lines induces speeds low enough to avoid collisions in the event of “dart outs”, particularly by children.  In fact, the only evidence I know of on this subject is work we did at ARRB many years ago, which showed that limitations in vertical sight distance in local streets had little effect on speed, and motorists habitually drove beyond the safe speed for the sight lines available. We also need to think of the visibility needed by drivers entering from side streets and driveways.  

Uncertainty may well reduce speeds in some instances, but it is dangerous to assume that this will always mean that the outcome is safer.  The best we could say is that lower speeds could mean lower severity of impact and injury. “Psychological speed control” is still far from being an exact science, and urban designers are sometimes at risk of misunderstanding the idea of “naked streets”.

Sight lines for vehicles moving at the adopted speed should never be less than what are required for safe stopping.  I stand by what I said all those years ago: the challenge for the designer is to create low-speed environments through design that do not at the same time compromise visibility and safety, not only for pedestrians but also other vehicles entering the roadway. It is too late to leave safety auditing to post-opening, as the “fundamentals” suggest. 

Still, it’s good to see that research gets into practice eventually, even if incompletely and urban designers had to usurp and re-package it before planners started to believe it.
 
Cordially
 
Ray Brindle
 
Please note that the June 2017 issue of “Road and Transport Research” will be my last as Editor – after 20 years I think it is time to call a halt!  The June issue of the journal is also planned to be the last to appear in print.  Subsequent issues will be published only on-line. 

Assistant Editor, Alan Finlay, adds a comment to Ray’s letter:

Once again, I find myself in furious agreement with Ray Brindle and Nick Szwed.  I have always questioned the value and safety of ‘naked streets’, although I totally understand the issue of sign clutter.

I also have a hatred of deeply tinted car windows because making eye contact is an essential component of defensive driving.  I suspect that makes me part of the ‘anti-cool’ gang, however. (NRMA did some research years ago that proved that window tinting made a very small difference to the inside temperature of cars in high summer – from memory, less than 2 or 3 degrees.)
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AITPM Queensland Branch QLD Bike Week 


Technical Seminar on Cycle Infrastructure Planning and Engineering

In May, an evening technical seminar was held by our QLD branch in the Aurecon offices in Brisbane. 

Aurecon also provided refreshments which was much appreciated. Sixty-five people were in attendance on what was a sell-out event, with attendees from as far afield as Cairns and Perth.

The event began with a short panel discussion with former national president of AITPM, Craig Wooldridge accompanied by our AITPM branch presidents of the WA (Jacob Martin) and QLD branches (Kyriakos Tyrologos) on their recent experience and lessons learned from a 45km long bike ride in Perth as part of the recent Safe Active Streets National Workshop. The panel discussion was led by QLD branch member, Andrew Norton with panel members exploring the comparative merits and successes of investment in urban cycle infrastructure in both Perth and Brisbane.

The seminar featured three technical presentations with speakers from both the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and Aurecon.

Robyn Davies spoke first on the Cost benefit analysis (CBA) of major cycling investments in Queensland. Robyn Davies manages the Cycling program in the Department of Transport and Main Roads and is a self-declared passionate advocate for sustainable transport and making cities great places for people. Since the launch of the Cycling Infrastructure Program in 2006, hundreds of bikeways have been planned, designed and constructed across Queensland. This project developed a practitioner-friendly CBA tool to assess economic benefits and costs of cycling projects, piloted on recent active transport infrastructure including examples such as the Brisbane Northern Bikeway.

Aurecon’s Ben Vardon spoke on Cycleway Transport Planning and Design. Ben is a transport planner and road safety auditor with skills in crash analysis/research, strategic transport planning for cycling and walking, traffic engineering, the application of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles and design for equitable access. He has a particular passion for the latter two and believes that cyclists and pedestrians should be able to reach our urban attractors and transport nodes in complete safety and with priority over motorised transport. The design of cycleways in Australia has evolved greatly in recent years with us now having a much better understanding of how to design for everyone that wants to cycle, including those that are concerned about safety. The use of physically separated cycle tracks improves ridership and directly addresses these safety concerns. Ben presented some of the opportunities for implementing separated cycleways, drawing on some successful examples of best practice from across Australia and including international examples from the US, Sweden and the Netherlands, and why the examples work. He concluded noting with the critical differences in the Australian context, and lessons we can apply locally to cycleway design.

TMR’s Michael Langdon spoke on the topic of How to retrofit separation to on-road bicycle lanes – a question of feasibility. Michael is a Senior Advisor on cycling and walking issues with TMR’s Traffic Engineering team and has a primary interest is in building an evidence base for bicycle and pedestrian initiatives, retaining knowledge and ensuring the best value outcomes for resources invested. Physically separating bicycle lanes from other traffic in brownfield sites can be challenging but is essential to increase the attractiveness and safety of cycling. Michael gave examples of how TMR and Cardno have researched the feasibility of a range of bicycle lane separation treatments and evaluated their relative success following implementation both in Queensland and interstate.

NSW/ACT shaping Canberra's transport future 
 

A full report on this meeting will be in the next newsletter

SA Branch Technical Forum


Bicycle Boulevards – WA learnings and SA progress

Around 30 SA branch members welcomed Colin Maher from DPTI, Paul Simons from Tonkin and Satyen Gandhi from the City of Unley. 

Colin started the session providing feedback on the recent WA Safe Active Streets workshop and the recent implementation of WA’s first Bicycle Boulevards. These are part of a $3m budget for Bicycle Boulevards with one scheme built, two under construction and five in planning. The key difference in context was that the WA boulevards are proposed as feeder routes to existing trunk shared path routes and proposed separated bicycle lanes alongside major highways, whereas in SA the boulevards are intended to form the trunk bicycle network. 

Other key differences noted include:
  • Use of 30km/h speed limits in WA compared to advisory speed limits in SA, which may reflect an easier process to change speed limits in WA.
  • Very low volume streets, typically well below 1,000 vehicles per day.
  • Extensive use of various traffic control devices including slow points, bike bypasses and raised treatments but only 30-50mm high.
  • Extensive use of red asphalt
Although there had been public concern over the enforcement of the 30 km/h zone, in practice there have been few issues and little need to consider enforcement. Loss of unrestricted verge parking has also not materialised into an issue for the public. 

Colin’s key learnings included the proof of the Dutch bicycle treatment concept in the Australian context, that 30 km/h local streets can be achieved without impact on the community and the legibility of the routes, with the red asphalt particularly helpful in that regard. 

Paul Simons presented an update and overview of the Braund Road Bicycle Boulevard which was one of the first proposed in the state. The original concept design looked at a number of options to respond to the existing street design, reflecting a narrow street (6-7m) and low traffic volumes (<1,000 vehicle per day) at the northern end through to a wide street with parking lanes, permanent bike lanes and over 3,000 vehicles at the southern end.

The original design settled on a series of raised intersection treatments enabling the provision of continuous footpaths across the streets, all of which were supported by Council and the community. However, the detailed design process identified the limited stormwater capacity and the impact of the raised intersection treatments on the overland stormwater flow beyond a 5-year event. Extensive stormwater modelling and revised treatment heights (<100mm raise) have finally enabled a solution to be devised that achieves the reduction in the speed environment, connecting footpaths and no stormwater impact on adjoining properties. Construction is now programmed to start in October 2017.

Satyen reported on recently approved upgrades to the Rugby/Porter Street bikeway through the City of Unley as part of an upgrade project that started two years ago. The bikeway is a key route for the development of the Unley bicycle network and the State’s network identified in the Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan. 

The route already has a high base level of use with low traffic volumes and speeds (due in part to a number of existing road closures) and high local levels of walk (4.7%) and cycle (3.7%) in the adjoining suburbs. Despite this there was still a high proportion of cyclist related crashes on the route (10 of 18 in the last 5 years) and the need to cross higher volume roads within the local street network. 

The aspiration for the route is for cyclists to have continuous priority which will be achieved other than at two Collector Road crossings, where more prominent crossing treatments will be provided. The only roundabout on the road will be converted to a radial treatment, which is hoped to reduce the current high speeds of 35 km/h+ through the roundabout, despite the whole precinct being a 40 km/h zone. Mid-block treatments will be a simple approach of sharrows and wayfinding signage.

There has been extensive community engagement on the project and Satyen’s key learning has arisen from this. The traditional approach of Engineer, Engage and Educate was completely revered with Education on the bike boulevard principles and benefits, followed by lengthy Engagement on the design principles before the Engineering design was really started. Consulting on the under-pinning principles of the scheme rather than a proposed design had been key to achieving the community support. As a final note Satyen drew on previous outcomes that a “successful bike boulevard is one that you can live next to, not only ride on.”

A short but lively question and answer session followed, chaired by Chris Dunn, Branch President as he also reflected on opportunities being developed within his Council. A vote of thanks was given to all the speakers.

AITPM Member Personal Profile


James Parrott
Bachelor of Science (Mathematics and Computer Science) with Majors in Pure & Applied Mathematics
Honours (Applied Mathematics)



I have 15 years’ experience working in transport/traffic modelling, transport planning, project management, computer programming and logistics modelling. I have worked on a variety of projects based in Australasia, Europe, Asia and the Middle East for clients ranging from Governments (State and Council) to breweries (CUB), mining companies (BHP and Oz Minerals) and Airport authorities (BAA).  

What is your current role? Team Leader – Transport Planning South Australia

What first attracted you to get involved in the transport industry?
I have always been interested in the flow of traffic and the behaviour of people. When a (now) great friend of mine put an ad on a Maths website for a graduate to join a transport team in Melbourne and I saw the opportunity, I immediately submitted my CV. My first interview post-uni landed me that job and I have never looked back.

Could you explain some key opportunities in your career and how they contributed to your development?
Opportunities are part hard work, part luck. I have been blessed to work with and learn from some of the best modellers, planners and road designers in the country. Their contribution and willingness to help me develop my skillset is a large part of why I have developed a great foundation of knowledge and basic principles in our industry. The projects that have helped shape my career include: working on Heathrow and Stansted Airports, upgrading the Adelaide Strategic Model, co-developing a toll model in Sri Lanka (starting with no data), being part of a successful planning study team and more recently, helping to design the most complex piece of transport infrastructure in South Australia. The diverse nature of these projects and different team members have all been critical in helping me round out my skillset that I use to provide advice to clients. However, I still have so much to learn and want to continue my development with the help of colleagues and clients alike.

What has been/will be your involvement with AITPM?
Commenced active involvement when I joined the Transport Modelling Network Committee as a representative for South Australia in 2014. I have continued to represent SA in that role. For the past year, I have also been a committee member of the SA branch.  

My future involvement will include being a part of the organising committee for the SA National Conference in 2019 as well continuing as a committee member and contributing to the TMN.

What has been a memorable moment in your career?
Do not have one stand out moment, rather I can reflect on my career and be proud of my achievements to date. I have helped contribute to some great projects, working with some incredibly talented people. I also hope that I have brought a smile to people’s faces that I have worked with.

What are your personal and/or professional career plans for the future?
To continue to enjoy work, improve professionally/technically, continue to work on a diverse range of projects and help train up the next generation to tackle the transport problems of tomorrow. 

Do you have any advice you would like to share to professionals in the transport/traffic industry?
Never stop learning, never stop trying to better yourself, embrace challenges, celebrate success, acknowledge effort from yourself and others, work with people and get to know them as people first, learn from your mistakes, be open to new ideas, accept we are human and mistakes are inevitable (don’t judge) and have fun at work. Make sure you can look back on your career (now and in the future) and know you did your best and can be proud of all that you have achieved.
Quirky News

The following are extracts from the radio program Overdrive which 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.

Bear in Virginia locks itself in car, honks horn to wake up homeowners, police say


Virginia homeowners got a big surprise last week when they woke up to a car honk and discovered a 200-pound bear cub locked in their vehicle.

The homeowners believe the bear opened the car door to the eat treats that were inside. It honked the car horn when it realized it was trapped, police said. 
 

Spelling error spotted on new road sign 


An embarrassing spelling error which was spotted on an Adelaide road sign, directing traffic to the "Wetern" rather than Western suburbs has been swiftly corrected by transport authorities.

The error in the sign was rectified within two hours of the department being notified which is a lot shorter time than if it had of been a pothole.

 

Number plates are worth the real money
 

At a recent Shannons motoring auction, you could get a bargain with a rare 1974 manual 1974 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray big block going for $29,000 while a 1938 Cadillac V16 Convertible got only as high as $190,000 before being passed in.

If you think this is a lot of money, the NSW number plate “29” went for $745,000.
 

Naked Greek statue could distract drivers in Hampshire village
 

The statue of one the greatest mathematicians of all time, Archimedes is provoking a road safety debate in a Hampshire village.

Some residents claim that being able to see a naked Greek physicist from the road is in bad taste and could even cause an accident. 
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