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President's Address
Reflections from the Editor
State Branch Meetings
Driver Engagement
Traffic Engineering
Active Transport Leaders' Forum
Student Conversation
Some Bus Issues
New Zealand Study Tour
Max Lay's New Book
Worth a Look
New car technology

Hardly a day goes past without a new announcement about a development in vehicle technology.  This is such an enticing field of endeavour that it is not only traditional car manufacturers, but also major corporations, who are getting involved. At the 2018 National conference we had a paper about the traffic engineering and the infrastructure we might need for autonomous vehicles.

This is an important area but there are many more that directly relate to our profession.
Along this line, I heard some good reports from the NSW Back to Basic forum that was held recently that discussed, among other things, computer modelling in the future, where we will have to reflect human and vehicle trip making in the light of autonomous vehicles, vehicle-to vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications. This will also extend into interactions with cyclists and pedestrians, not just as automating what is happening now but how it will change our behaviours and the shape of our cities.

Are we linked strongly enough to what is happening? Perhaps we could strengthen our relationships with the car manufacturers. 

It’s not just what we can learn from them.  A senior academic recently went to a corporate launch of the Invictus Games and heard an address from a senior manager from a car manufacturer.  He spoke in the usual terms of how autonomous cars will reduce accidents etc but there was not enough of a broader understanding that only on-going conversations can give.

Even the Quirky News segment of this newsletter is getting into the act of looking at what the future may hold.

Conversations not just lectures
Talking of conversations, there is a report in this newsletter about an interview with Tyler O’Hare, a civil engineering student who helped organise a Student Leadership Summit in Melbourne under the auspices of the ITE (ANZ chapter).  I think the key aspect of the conversation was that it was not formal, was more about listening than telling and allowed Tyler to talk freely about his experience and how he is looking to “future proof” his career.  It also raised big issues about who are the undergraduates who are looking to get into traffic and transport and what sort of educational opportunities are we giving them.

The ITE is developing a mentor program and it is important that it is not just older adults telling young people what they should do or think. 

The other point about conversations is the first podcast from the Institute of Transport and Logistics at Sydney University under the title “Are we there yet?”.

The opening interview is with AITPM member Chris Stapleton who spoke about a computer modelling conference he went to and he enjoyed the keynote speech very much but then the presenter left and the rest of the conference did not take up and develop the excellent points that she had made.
There have been many calls for the political process to revert back to conversations rather than screaming abuse. It is hard to see that happening but we can enhance our skills in conversation within our own profession.

City of Churches

There are 23 cities of the world enviously dubbed ‘The City of Churches’ one of which is Adelaide.
Abstracts for the 2019 AITPM National Traffic and Transport Conference in Adelaide are open!  Get your idea in before the 16 November 2018 to give yourself and your organisation every chance of success -

Land of the Long White Cloud 

The New Zealand Study Tour Award is also open for applications.  The annual Engineering New Zealand Transportation Group conference staged from 3-6 March 2019 in Wellington provides an excellent opportunity for an AITPM member to experience the traffic and transport industry of another country (we all know its really just the seventh Australian State!) while enhancing their personal and professional development skills. Applications close 16 January 2019 -

The annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide is with us. It is a very clever campaign that has as its goal “To change the face of men’s health”. 

AITPM vice president Gary Wood has suggested it is a worthy campaign that we should all be aware of and consider how we can be involved.
Sponsorship Opportunities

The AITPM sponsors packages brochure sets out the many ways your organisation can enhance its brand image and support at branch and national level.

It gives a clear list of the value-for-money opportunities you have through our forums, meetings, National Conference, newsletter and web site.

Here’s the link

Paul Smith 
National President

Australia has no plan at all reduce transport emission

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published a report demonstrating that global warming will have a greater impact on the planet than many had predicted – and worldwide action will need to be taken almost immediately to fend off the worst of it.

I was talking to a motoring journalist who had just been to the Paris Motor Show and he said that in terms of reducing pollution they were so committed and it was such an issue with representatives from other countries that it made Australia look like it was on another planet (pardon the pun).
I think it is about time that there is enough evidence that we must get on and do something quickly. If you do not think this is the case for global warming then it is still the case for local pollution.

Furthermore, there is a huge amount of research by business to develop new technology which will create jobs and economic activity.  We could miss the boat. I understand, for example, that the Dyson company has decided to build autonomous vehicles in Singapore.

And finally, if you have no belief in the need for action on the climate, what ever happened to the debate on peak oil? 

 Ethical Decision Making

A new study, conducted by North Carolina State University, has the following abstract:

Ethical decisions in software development can substantially impact end-users, organizations, and our environment, as is evidenced by recent ethics scandals in the news. Organizations, like the ACM, publish codes of ethics to guide software-related ethical decisions. In fact, the ACM has recently demonstrated renewed interest in its code of ethics and made updates for the first time since 1992. To better understand how the ACM code of ethics changes software related decisions, we replicated a prior behavioural ethics study with 63 software engineering students and 105 professional software developers, measuring their responses to 11 ethical vignettes. We found that explicitly instructing participants to consider the ACM code of ethics in their decision making had no observed effect when compared with a control group. Our findings suggest a challenge to the research community: if not a code of ethics, what techniques can improve ethical decision making in software engineering?

There are a number of areas in transportation where we need to review our ethics. A code of ethics is important but we have to have reviews to hold people to them.  Either that or we will be held to them through the courts.

Dash Cams As Evidence

In this newsletter we have a follow up story on work by the Amy Gillet Foundation regarding bicycle safety.

They refer to a series of videos produced by UK’s West Midlands Police. 

An interesting point from the videos is that the Police accept 3rdparty videos evidence from members of the public.  There are times when I have been being tailgated by a car, truck or bus. When I ask one of the children to very visibly start filming the people behind, then I get a more considerate driving style from following drivers.

Driverless Cars and Personal Information

I am concerned that companies that become more and more involved in MaaS (Mobility as a Service) want to collect data to manage their products but also keep it for to themselves for their own purposes. My concern is that they will focus on making a profit rather than servicing the public good, which is understandable but not optimal. We need to collect a comprehensive amount of data to ensure we are achieving community, as well as company, objectives.

There might be a more compelling reason for government to collect the data rather than private companies. A report from the Officer of Information in Queensland to the Inquiry into Transport Technology makes for chilling reading about the amount of personal data that will be collected through modern technology.  In part the report said:

As any vehicle is driven, information or data is broadcast or displayed in a number of ways. Driver aid and driverless car technologies greatly increase the amount of data generated. Types of data include: 
  • Vehicle registration numbers which are identifiable through automatic plate number recognition systems, law enforcement cameras and safety cameras 
  • Vehicle attributes such as make and model, and vehicle manufacturer information systems including unique identifiers  
  • Accident information retrieval systems 
  • Navigation and driver assistance devices which generate and retain data on location and movements 
  • Bluetooth devices monitored by remote sensors in congestion management and traffic analysis systems 
  • Mobile devices that can generate and store a broad scope and type of data; and 
  • Electronic tags for toll roads, employee systems, rental cars etc., and electronic vehicle and driver log books. 
Much of this information is personal information and is shared in Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), like that which will be trialled in Queensland in 2019. C-ITS involves the use of wireless communications and real-time information sharing (between vehicles and with roadside infrastructure, back-end centres and personal devices) to enable vehicle and transport applications to work together.

Much of this data relates to the movement of a vehicle in relation to other vehicles, traffic congestion, and road infrastructure such as traffic lights. However, the data generated can also be an individual’s personal information. For example, real time location data, in-car camera footage, audio recording, behaviour patterns, frequently attended locations, consumer preferences (such as regular appointments, favourite restaurants, music choices, air conditioning settings) and biometric information such as fingerprint entry, which has been identified by the NTC as a likely feature. As the degree of ‘driverless-ness’ of a vehicle increases, so too does the volume of data it generates.


Tunnels To Go

Two recent announcements suggest that making use of tunnelling in innovative ways is a developing trend.
Elon Musk has twittered that his first tunnel will be opened on the 10 December 2018. The 2.3-kilometre tunnel built by his Boring Company, goes under the Space X headquarters in Los Angeles and will carry both cars and public transport pods.

Meanwhile, Megway Limited has developed a concept of magnetically levitated devices carrying small parcels in tunnels.
South Australia Branch
NSW Branch  
Victorian Branch 
WA Branch 
Queensland Branch

In our last newsletter, we mentioned the Amy Gillett Foundation and its work to make cycling safer.

Now Australian cycling organisations have joined in a call to all states to conduct enforcement campaigns, with the primary goal of education and raising awareness of the importance of leaving a safe distance when passing bicycle riders, supported by a visible demonstration by Police of the legitimacy of bicycle riders on roads. 

The benefits and opportunities of driver education campaigns for improving road safety for cyclists has been highlighted in a video interview with the UK’s West Midlands Police about their minimum passing distance enforcement campaign, which was accompanied by a 20% reduction in deaths and serious injuries.

Additional information from the Amy Gillett Foundation includes:
  • A 2017 report led by Dr Ben Beck in the MJA called for measures, such as the lowering of speed limits in residential areas, to address the worsening of serious trauma for bicycle riders that has seen a more than doubling of major trauma over the last nine years.
  • The 2018 report of the Inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy raised serious concerns for the safety of bicycle riders (and pedestrians) on Australian roads and made recommendations to induce a ‘step-change’ with twelve recommendations that, if implemented, will transform road safety performance.
  • The 2017 National Cycling Participation Survey revealed that around 3.74 million Australians ride in a typical week, and 8.23 million do so over a year.
  • However, national surveys show that of the two thirds of Australians not currently considering riding a bike for transport, more than a half would if conditions were safer on our roads and there were options on separated paths to avoid traffic.
New smart road lights prevent lane drifting at motorway junction

Smart lights in the road surface which help drivers stay in the right lane have been introduced for the first time at a major motorway junction in the UK.

The studs are visible up to 900 metres away – far greater than traditional reflective road studs – and have been proven to help stop drivers drifting between lanes, reducing the risk of collisions.

The smart studs have been introduced as part of a £3 million project to improve journeys and safety at Switch Island in Merseyside, where the M57, M58 and three A roads all join together.

Read more here

SA Branch Committee member and former National President Peter Doupe has completed many Illuminated Pavement Lights (IPL) installations in Australia and is happy to provide contact details to Clearview Intelligence UK with whom he has had an association for around 15 years, or other advice to anyone who is interested. 

He has provided some answers to FAQs below:

Given your experience on road lights and studs do you have any comments on this?
  • This is another example of Illuminated Pavement Lights (IPLs) being used to treat a hazardous road situation where traditional solutions were inadequate.
  • One of the key hurdles preventing mass rollout of this technology is the initial cost compared to other non-intelligent technology. So the cost/benefits have to be carefully considered.
  • The IPLs sit almost flush with the pavement and would normally have to be dimmed at night to prevent dazzling drivers; it is during the daylight hours that they need to have intense light output to be seen.
  • IPLs are most prevalent in NSW where RMS has a number of installations through many different suppliers, although we have installed in Vic, SA and Qld too
Is there (was there) some resistance?  If so from what areas?
  • Some road authorities have their preferred product so it is difficult to have an alternative approved.
  • A rigorous testing / approval process is usually required
Are costs a big issue?
  • Yes, the supply and install costs are significant
Is there any doubt about the value?
  • The crash reduction figures in the case of the UK example are a solid indicator of value for money and in the case, for example of a contra flow arrangement, the need for an innovative solution involving IPLs makes good traffic engineering and road management sense.
Craig Wooldridge

In the lead up to the 2018 AITPM National Conference, an opportunity was taken to make the most of the national leaders who were in Perth for the conference.  In a partnership between The Department of Transport, We Ride Australia and Royal Automobile Club, an Active Transport Leaders Forum was held in the afternoon of Tuesday 24 July.  The forum started with an inspiring opening by John Carey, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport, Planning and Lands, who encouraged us to open our minds to what could be.  The attendees where then taken on a journey by Paul Steely White that was full of passion about the New York decades long advocacy and changes for cycling and more broadly, active transport.  Stephen Hodge from We Ride Australia was equally passionate, presenting on the key challenges in Australia and an overview of what other cities have achieved via strong leadership, such as Vancouver.

Following on from the opening presentations the forum broke into groups to take on scenario challenges of how we can improve active transport outcomes for the Perth CBD, new suburb developments and building new schools.  While there was a Perth flavour to the scenarios, they could have equally been in any city in Australia.  Many interesting ideas were developed from getting kids involved in the planning process through to setting up a business leaders’ group to champion change.  

Overall, the forum provided an extended opportunity to learn from Paul and Stephen, the chance to think about change outside of the hustle and bustle of the workplace and a good networking opportunity for industry leaders.

The report outlining the presentations and the key recommendations can be found here. The Department of Transport will take the recommendations to the WA Bike Network Plan Implementation Reference Group to assist in taking the ideas forward.

Many thanks to the leaders who provided their time to a great cause.
Tyler O’Hare is in his final semester of a civil engineering degree at Monash.  He was on the organising committee of a Student Leadership Summit held recently in Melbourne.

We had a chat with Tyler and a number of themes came out of the discussion.

Tyler is doing an engineering degree but finds he is not “super interested in structures and water”. The Civil course has no specific transport stream although they do a few subjects such as road design including horizontal and vertical elevation. There are some elective subjects and Tyler has used these to dig deeper into the transport engineering field. 

There are a couple of other ways Tyler found activities that broadened his experience: 

“In one of my subjects earlier this year I was actually in combination with Vic Roads.  We did a massive assignment based on their whole “movement and place” principle which opened my eyes and opened the eyes of the students to focus not just on cars running down the road but making the roads a place for pedestrians and a place for cyclists to be involved as well”.

At Monash a lot of people who are doing civil engineering are doing a double degree.  Some of the subjects include architecture, sciences, law and the arts. 

Tyler said “I'm working on a major project at the moment with an architecture student who's doing civil engineering and architecture as a double degree. He's probably focused on going more down the architecture stream but it's awesome to talk to him and get his understanding of how the fields differ, which is really cool”.

Like most students Tyler is looking to expand his network of contacts, and events run by AITPM and ITE are very helpful.  The most productive step in getting a broader understanding of traffic and transport was having people he could firstly relate to and then that can lead to mentoring.

The full conversation can be heard here.
Significant decline in bus usage to train stations 

AITPM member David Sulejic sent in a news report about a decline in patronage on bus routes to train stations in South-East Queensland.  The report read in part:

Almost 17 per cent of bus passengers have abandoned Brisbane’s regional bus companies and returned to their cars, figures show.

The figures are significant because the bus lines feed passengers from the outer suburbs into train stations and into regional shopping centres.

John Devney who has written about buses for this newsletter in the past, made the following comment about this report:

Other reasons to explain why the Brisbane bus patronage has declined are given a research paper that Infrastructure Australia published on Friday 26 October 2018. The research provides evidence of the poor level for outer suburban public transport accessibility, with analysis of the greater regions of the five major capital cities in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide). 

John and his team at GTA Consultants prepared the technical analysis for Infrastructure Australia in 2017. The report and supporting documents are available here.

The recommendations in these reports are very relevant for the Moreton Bay rail line which is in the “Outer Urban” area of the Greater Brisbane region.    
  • Public transport disadvantage in outer suburbs is significant. Access to public transport services and service frequencies are lower, while travel times and distances to major employment centres are longer in outer suburbs.
  • Public transport usage is lower for people living and working in the outer suburbs. Fewer people use public transport in outer suburbs, and those who do are more likely to also need to drive to reach local services.
Source: Outer Urban Public Transport, Infrastructure Australia, October 2018, page 30.

Adelaide Hill – Fleurieu Peninsula Regional Public Transport Study – Online Survey is open

GTA Consultants is conducting a regional public transport study for the Adelaide Hills – Fleurieu Peninsula region.  We have an online survey to provide ideas for the study.  Please complete the survey with your ideas and comments.  Thanks.  Brief information about the project is as follows:

Regional Development Australia - Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island has started a public transport study across the following council areas:
  • Adelaide Hills Council 
  • Mount Barker District Council
  • District Council of Yankalilla 
  • Alexandrina Council
  • City of Victor Harbor
  • City of Onkaparinga (McLaren Vale Preservation District)

Study Area for the Adelaide Hills - Fleurieu Regional Public Transport Study 

The two key components of the project are:
  1. Determining future demand and needs for public transport in the region
  2. Developing ideas for public transport solutions to address the future public transport needs in the region
Consultations with stakeholders will occur through the remainder of 2018 including through a public survey.

The online community survey is now launched on the RDA website at:

Online Survey for the Regional Public Transport Study

GTA asks: Please help our study by sharing your public transport experiences and ideas by completing the short survey at this link: 

We are offering a randomly drawn prize of a $500 voucher which can be used on either Spirit of the Coorong (departing Goolwa Wharf) or The Big Duck Boat Tours (departing Victor Harbor). The survey closes at 5 pm on Friday 16th November 2018. 

If you or your group wish to make a submission in addition to the public survey, you can do so by email to:

Trackless Trams – Just don’t call them buses

Professor Peter Newman is a professor of sustainability at Curtin University in Western Australia. He is a long passionate advocate for public transport in general and rail transport, trains and trams, in particular. He recently, to the surprise of many, came out in support of trackless trams. 

We recently conducted a long interview with Prof Newman which will come out shortly but it includes the definition of a trackless tram:

“Well we invented the term but it covers quite a few of the bus projects that are trying to be more tram like and in Europe they tend to be electric buses with a bit added on,a bit longe,r a bit more autonomous
He was also asked whether we are becoming more mode agnostic:

“Yeah except this actually makes it more mode agnostic before that term was being used when people like me would stand up and talk about trains and they'd say "Why are you so mode oriented?". And I say well that's because of the outcome that I'm looking for. It's not because I particularly like trains. When I first got into trains people would say "Don't you love the smell of coal and stuff". You know and I think "What are they talking about?" I'm not a trainspotter. What I'm interested in is what it does for the city. 
AITPM are pleased to advise that applications for the New Zealand Study Tour Award 2019 are now open. 
The Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management Ltd (AITPM) values relationships with other similar organisations. Engineering New Zealand is one of these organisations that AITPM has built a strong relationship with over many years. Since 2006 AITPM has provided recognition of this relationship via an award to attend the Engineering New Zealand Transportation Group Conference (ENZ TG Conference).

The ENZ TG annual conference is New Zealand’s premier forum for traffic engineering, road safety and transport planning. The Award provides a great opportunity to enhance our relationship, while also fostering knowledge sharing and building.

The New Zealand Study Tour award provides for one AITPM member to attend the Institution of ENZ TG conference in Te Papa, Wellington, 3-6 March 2019.  The award covers the conference registration costs and reasonable travel and accommodation expenses for one AITPM member as well as accommodation costs for an additional two days in the conference city. 

The 2019 ENZ TG conference will provide delegates the perfect chance to discuss the catalysts for creating and sustaining smarter, stronger and safer transport systems and how they can be, or in some cases are being, applied to New Zealand’s transport network. It will also provide the opportunity to showcase ‘world’s best practice’ for transport, be it here in New Zealand or overseas.

Nominations for the award close on 16 January 2019, with the winner being advised in February 2019 and announced in the March 2019 newsletter.

More information on the awards and the online application form can be found via the links below. Please contact if you have any queries with the awards process.

Further details on the IPENZ conference can be obtained via
Download awards brochure
View application form
Speed is relative!

We continue with some comments from Dr Max Lay arising from his latest book “The Harnessing of Power: How the 19thCentury Transport Innovators Transformed the Way the World Operates”.

Some of Max’s reflections are as follows:  

Even the ships were quicker than land transport

In the 1600s shipping had developed and while it wasn’t a quick form of transport it was certainly good at carrying loads between countries.  Dr Lay pointed out that ships may not have been fast but then again, the transport on the land was worse.

By the 19thcentury the big industry in the UK was cotton which was being brought from the new colonies in America.  It was taking as long to get from the docks in Liverpool to the mills in Manchester (possibly a distance of some 50 km as it took for the ships to get across the Atlantic.  This became one of the big motivations for building railways. 

The British took a very laissez-faire attitude while the French, especially after the revolution and through the Napoleonic period, had much tighter regulations.  Dr Lay said of the British situation that it was “Make a buck and we will give you a Knighthood”. 

Humans are not quick but they had endurance 

We often thing that the human form is bad at all forms of transport compared to animals.  Certainly, we cannot run very fast and we cannot carry a large load, but Dr Lay says that in terms of covering long distances we are better than any animal. He gives an example in his book of the trip between St Petersburg and Paris. The footman (the derivative of the expression is from those who ran messages – in the UK they were often Irishmen apparently) could run at a steady pace all day, whereas a horse would do a stage and then you would have to get a fresh horse for the next stage.

The advent of the horse and carriage did not immediately make things better. A famous inventor was McAdam but a predecessor of his was the engineer John Metcalf. Metcalf was from Harrogate and he and his local member Colonel Liddell for Berwick-on-Tweed had to give a presentation to Parliament in London.  After the event Liddell offered Metcalf a lift home in his carriage.  Metcalf said he would walk and he arrived three days before Liddel.  The incredible thing was that Metcalf was blind and had never been to London before.

The full interview with Max can be heard here.  

The book is published through Cambridge Scholars Publishing ( and is priced at £64.99.
The speedy rise and fall of Beijing's ride-sharing economy

When China’s ride-hailing service Didi suspended night services for a week it seemed to have prompted a consumer backlash against China’s laissez faire approach to the sharing economy. People are once again asking: "What about service?"

The Didi problem is an old-fashioned one: a lazy monopoly which encouraged lazy service.

Webinar: Suggested Good Practice for Road Tunnel Emergency Egress Signage

Friday 9 November 2018 | Online, 1pm – 2pm AEDT This webinar will give you an overview of an Austroads study to develop suggested good practice for a consistent, efficient and safe approach to emergency egress signage within Australasian road tunnels. In the absence of an AS/NZ design standard that is specifically intended for use in road tunnels, jurisdictions have developed bespoke requirements for road tunnel emergency signage. 

Webinar: Connected and Automated Vehicle Open Data

Tuesday 13 November 2018 | Online, 1pm – 2pm AEDT Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs) will consume and create vast quantities of data of many different types. What role does data supplied by road operators play in this future ecosystem?  Is Open Data the right mechanism to use?  

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Tasmanian Technical Seminars

AITPM Tas Technical Seminars

October the 16th and 17th saw two technical seminars held in the Tasmanian cities of Launceston and Hobart. 
The Launceston event was held at Inversek Arena (formerly York Park) and included three outstanding presenters talking about relevant traffic and transport issues that resonate in the city.  

After a light lunch and some networking amongst attendees, Catherine Murdoch, Director Northern Cities, Office of the Tasmanian Coordinator-General City Deals started the seminar with insights into the current development of the Smart Cities deal and how this interacts in both an analytics/modelling and real-world sense with transport.  Key elements of the presentation included the potential development of live transport and planning models which result in shorter timeframes for outputs and decision making, in terms of the variables as impact on the transport system, including land use and intersection performance indices.  A key element noted of the transport models is the ability to collect large amounts of data through technology providers and translate this into understanding more about people’s travel patterns, behaviours and profiles.

The second speaker was Richard Burk of Traffic and Civil Services who discussed key elements (and traps) in writing a Traffic Impact Assessment.  Richard covered the Tasmanian guidelines for preparing a TIA report and the relevance of some of the key features.  Safe systems and their impacts on road network planning were discussed amongst the group, as well as the importance of ensuring early involvement for a project.  

The final speaker was Reece Humphreys who covered some of the challenges that regional cities face with public transport planning and integrating this with creating vibrant and active towns.  The topic looked into datasets from the 2016 census as well as aspirational objectives for cities and their heart.  Reece covered the importance of public and active transport on city spaces and some of the current learnings from integrating public transport into future land use planning for a large regional city in Australia.  A key outcome of the discussions revolved around the importance of understanding the place, and matching transport movements to this.

The Department of State Growth, at their recently opened offices in downtown Hobart, hosted Day two of the Tasmanian program.  Three excellent speakers discussed a broad range of topics with strong links to the transport sector.
Verity Cleland from the Menzies Institute for Medical Research kicked off the Hobart proceedings with some findings of her research into understanding and changing active and public transport behaviours.  The research surveyed transport users to understand the key drivers behind their decisions into using active transport (including public transport); since there is strong research that links these users to increasing their daily activity and ultimately their health.

The Menzies Institute research outlined that the current level of physical activity amongst Australians has stagnated over the last 20 years, and that increasing activity would yield improvements in both lifestyle and age expectancy.  Outcomes from the research assist informing transport planners regarding how to develop transport systems that can increase active and public transport modal shares.

Erin Trainer was the second speaker who discussed the recent implementation of Bluetooth receivers with the ability to collect real-time traffic data.  Erin works for the Department of State Growth, who have developed the project building on recent work completed in Adelaide developing the AddInsightsystem, by another AITPM alumni James Cox. Erin’s presentation discussed the coverage of an expected 100 Bluetooth receivers in Tasmania and the expected timeframe for initial project delivery and further developments.  An ongoing process of understanding and testing system data prior to providing real time information to road users is anticipated and, ultimately, this data and information will potentially in future become viewable by road users via an app on their mobile phones.

The final speaker was Anne Hardy from the University of Tasmania.  Anne provided an overview of the Tourist Tracerproject, which provides insights into tourist behaviour on Tasmanian roads through an app, of relevance in-turn both commercially and to transport planners. 

Continuing on the themes from both Launceston and Erin’s presentation material, Anne’s presentation started with a summary of how tourist travel itinerary information was obtained “live” from the network, and some of the key findings arising from the analysis of this.  Insights include facilitating government to understand the movement of tourists in Tasmania and, through a web interface, the system is able to graphically show travel patterns utilising maps, charts and tables.  Insightful findings of people’s travel habits arise, and this can be utilised to manage demand at tourist hotspots and to assist in understanding critical network aspects such as road safety.

The research was given worldwide attention, resulting in Tourism Tracer being granted Research Partner status with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation.  It is currently being developed and utilised in proprietary in Japan and across a number of other overseas territories.

In total in excess of 50 attendees registered across the state.  Interest in AITPM is certainly on the rise, as strong growth in Tasmania continues to bring key transportation challenges.  

AITPM South Australia Branch

Half Day Technical Seminar 2018 – Transport and Local Government

The City of Burnside sponsored and hosted our annual half day technical seminar recently on Friday 19 October 2018. The seminar provided a focus on the role of Local Government on traffic and transport issues, challenges and opportunities and included the presentation of several project case studies.

Approximately 40 people attended, with many from the local Government sector as well as ‘young’ professionals, consulting firms and the SA Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) represented and involved in presentations.

Presentations included topics covering:
  • Policies and the role of consultation;
  •  Pedestrian crossings within Seaford Road roundabout redesign;
  •  Recent examples of non-standard traffic control devices, including the DPTI approval process;
  •  King William Road curated street case study;
  •  Safe System approach to road safety and road design;
  •  Way2Go (schools) program and a collaborative case study from Kadina;
  • Urban and shared mobility planning, parking design and management in narrow streets, street events (parties) and bike/shared use paths.
To provide a “back to basics” component for the seminar, there were a number of short, five-minute presentations by young professionals within the industry, covering a recent project or activity with which they had been involved.

Feedback suggests the seminar was well received by participants. 

NSW Back to Basics Forum 
25 October 2018 - 3M Innovation Centre, North Ryde
Key points only as noted by Alan Finlay

Kosta Karagianopolous, 3M
  • Importance of good quality sign posting and road markings for autonomous vehicles
  • Machine readable traffic signs (scan code embedded in sign face
Zoran Bakovic, Traffic Engineering Centre
  • Beware of blindly following guidelines and standards when conducting Road Safety Audits
  • Example of railway level crossing was used to illustrate differences between Austroads and Australian Standards requirements
  • Need to think and look outside the project scope – otherwise likely to miss important safety issues on the periphery or boundary
  • Important to always include site inspections during day and night time conditions
Daniel Veryard, Veitch Lister Consulting
  • Good explanation of the different applications of transport model types (strategic, mesoscopic, microscopic)
Jorge Sales-Louis, RMS Signal Design
  • Importance of site inspections – can’t rely solely on Google Street View
  • Now possible to obtain Dial Before You Dig 3D information for utilities
  • Be careful with swept path clearances for heavy vehicles, especially on multi-lane turns
  • Be mindful of power authority 30m restriction on distance from supply point to controller location
  • Beware of after-school concentration of pedestrians on signalise crossings
Andrew Morse, Parking and Traffic Consultants
  • Dynamic Parking Guidance System for Wollongong City
  • Included reassurance signs such as a clear indication of the street address of a parking station when you arrive.
  • More details are available in Andrew’s paper delivered at our National Conference in Perth (see AITPM web site
Panel Discussion Session – hosted by Kevin John, Matrix 
  • All speakers and the audience were invited to consider the traffic ad transport challenges in the year 2030
  • Much discussion of the likely penetration of Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs) by then, and the challenges of ensuring suitable road infrastructure
  • Discussion about increasing land use density and the ability of transport networks to cope.
  • Future directions for modelling should consider people shifting out of the peak period (or what the time period being considered in the model). It is often assumed that if congestion gets too bad then people will move to public transport, but a significant number might travel at a different time.
  • There was a call for us to stop just evaluating projects and start looking at systems. One big transport project might look good but a wide range of smaller projects might provide a greater system serving more people.
Alan Finlay 
The following are extracts from the radio program Overdrivewhich is syndicated to stations around Australia on the Community Radio Network and is presented by AITPM members David Brown and Brian Smith and technical expert Errol Smith.

Episodes and more stories from the program can be heard at You can also hear about news, features and quirky news via twitter @db_drivenmedia. 
What will British luxury mean in 2050?

Bentley has collaborated with design students from the Royal College of Art’s (RCA) Intelligent Mobility programme to envisage the future of British luxury*.

The students were challenged to imagine how – in an increasingly virtual and digital world – elements of physical materiality, technology and craftsmanship can be curated to create a truly luxurious Grand Touring experience.

The four top student suggestions are as follows:
From Soundscapes to the Stratosphere 

'Luxury Soundscapes’ by Irene Chiu’s considered the role of sound in future luxury mobility, with a vehicle that can selectively filter undesirable and stressful noises while at the same time allowing pleasurable bioacoustics to remain. She suggests that soundscape will be a transformative approach to in-cabin acoustics in autonomous vehicles, demonstrating how it could be influential in passengers’ health, wellbeing and travel experiences.
Material Humanity

‘Material Humanity’ by Kate NamGoong identified the unexpected and the emotional as qualities that will continue to be appreciated by luxury car customers in 2050. Moreover, she suggests true luxury in the future will be the choice to occasionally drive yourself in an internal combustion vehicle, when the rest of the world is fully autonomous and electric. With traditional engines becoming such a rarity, Kate imagines that people will want to see the mechanical workings – just as they do with luxurious mechanical watches today.
Stratospheric Grand Touring

‘Stratospheric Grand Touring’ by Jack Watson took inspiration from Bentley’s near-100-year history of ground-breaking innovation for his design study. His vision of future luxury imagines a scenario where international business travel will no longer restrict where people are able live, as sustainable, luxury stratospheric Grand Touring will be a reality.
Elegant Autonomy

'Elegant Autonomy’ by Enuji Choi looked at the importance of elegance and British etiquette in a future with driverless vehicles built for smart cities. The project focuses on the etiquette of ingress and egress, and how it has evolved over time – from horse-drawn carriages to modern-day cars – and the way it will continue to evolve in an autonomous world.
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
  • TraffixGroup – VIC
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