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Research Report 338 Developing school-based cycle trains in New Zealand

Published: | Category: Transport demand management , Research programme , Research & reports | Audience: General

A cycle train is similar in approach to the ‘walking school bus’ – adult volunteer ‘conductors’ cycle along a set route to school, collecting children from designated ‘train stops’ along the way. They are well established in Belgium and are beginning to appear in the United Kingdom. Previous research in New Zealand found a high level of interest in the cycle train concept, leading us to design and conduct a trial for implementing cycle train networks here.

Research Report 514 The contribution of public transport to economic productivity

Published: | Category: Transport demand management , Research programme , Research & reports | Audience: General

The objective of this research was to quantify the contribution of public transport to economic productivity.

Research Report 369 Trends in older people's travel patterns

Published: | Category: Transport demand management , Research programme , Research & reports | Audience: General

We updated our earlier study of older people’s travel patterns using the 1997/98 New Zealand Household Travel Survey (NZHTS) with a comparative analysis using the recently compiled 2004–07 Ongoing NZHTS database (ONZHTS).

Research Report 545 - The relationship between crash rates and rutting

Published: | Category: Safety, security and public health , Transport demand management , Research programme , Research & reports | Audience: General

This report details research carried out in Wellington, New Zealand, over the period 2012–13. The broad aim was to develop relationships between rut depths and crashes on New Zealand's state highway network.

Research Report 313 Effects of toll removal on Tauranga Harbour Bridge New Zealand

Published: | Category: Transport demand management , Research programme , Research & reports | Audience: General

As toll roads and other forms of road pricing become of more interest to road controlling authorities in New Zealand, the importance of providing robust forecasts of motorists’ responses to tolls increases. While procedures for forecasting patronage on toll roads are in common use internationally, the applicability of international practice to the New Zealand context is uncertain.

Research Report 374 Comparisons of NZ and UK trips and parking rates

Published: | Category: Transport demand management , Research programme , Research & reports | Audience: General

Trip generation, parking demand, modal split and travel activity related to different land uses are fundamental information for transportation planning and land use planning, now and in the future. While trip generation related to residential, business, tourism, recreation, industry and rural activities has been investigated, these areas have not always been surveyed or analysed consistently or reported in sufficient detail to provide transportation professionals with a robust assessment for planning and design purposes. This investigation sought to establish whether trip making and parking demand were similar between similar land uses in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The conclusion is that travel patterns over a wide range of land uses, and especially those related to retail shopping centre activities, are similar in both countries.

Research Report 557 Getting more from our roads: an evaluation of special vehicle lanes on urban arterials

Published: | Category: Transport demand management , Research programme , Research & reports | Audience: Road traffic engineers & consultants

With increasing demand for travel and limited opportunities for increasing capacity within urban areas there is increasing pressure to make more effective use of the capacity available. One approach is the introduction of special vehicle lanes where particular classes of traffic, typically buses and high occupancy vehicles are permitted to use the lane.

Research report 434 Appraisal of factors influencing public transport patronage

Published: | Category: Transport demand management , Research programme , Research & reports | Audience: General

This project examined the demand for local bus and rail services during the period 1996 2008 in the three major cities in New Zealand: Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. In order to determine the drivers behind changes in public transport ridership over time, econometric analysis techniques were applied to analyse the time series data of patronage of major public transport mode(s) in the three cities, collected for the last decade. A dynamic model was identified for each city by mode relating per capita patronage to fares, service level, car ownership, income and fuel price. The results indicated the three cities all had different characteristics and the drivers behind the long-run and short-run trends were also different. It also appeared that the significant fluctuation in fuel price in recent years had a positive effect on public transport patronage in all three cities.

Research Report 328 Park and ride: characteristics and demand forecasting

Published: | Category: Transport demand management , Research programme , Research & reports | Audience: General

This report examines the characteristics of park and ride (P&R) useage and suggests demand modelling methodologies based on these characteristics for changes in demand at existing sites, and estimation of demand at new sites. It reviews New Zealand and international evidence on the nature of P&R usage and the factors that influence it. The report then examines potential P&R modelling methodologies and identifies the most appropriate within a New Zealand context. Emphasis is given to the development of P&R catchments and resulting regional and site-specific modelling approaches. Finally methodologies are applied to a New Zealand situation and conclusions drawn.

Research Report 380 'I want to ride my bike' – overcoming barriers to cycling to intermediate schools

Published: | Category: Transport demand management , Research programme , Research & reports | Audience: General

Transport modes such as walking and cycling, including cycling to school, could play a key role in combating obesity, climate change and traffic congestion as well as restoring ‘social capital’ within communities. The objective of this research was to identify the specific barriers to school students cycling to school for six intermediate schools and recommend interventions that would be effective, acceptable to parents and schools, and favourable to school students for each of the schools. These specific barriers and solutions were then used to identify common themes, issues and solutions that might be considered at a national level, and give more confidence to those who are responsible for considering and acting on school cycling initiatives. Four stages of data collection were carried out including the collection of existing school travel information, site visits, interviews, focus groups and questionnaires.
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