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Research Report 588 Why are some urban traffic signals much less safe than others?

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

Research undertaken to inform the High risk intersections guide showed there was a higher risk of death and serious injury at some urban signalised intersections than at other intersections using the same control types. The reasons why some urban signalised intersections are less safe than others are not well understood. The research presented in this report compares urban signalised intersections with good safety performance with those that perform poorly to understand the reasons for their differences.

Research Report 601 Understanding the value of transport investment in historic and cultural heritage

Published: | Category: Environmental impacts of land transport , Research programme , Research & reports | Audiences: Advice and assistance, General, Land developers, Local & regional government

The 2015 Government Policy Statement on Land Transport focuses on economic growth, productivity, road safety, and value for money. The transport system must also support economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being. This means that road controlling authorities (RCAs) must mitigate the impacts of their projects on heritage sites without placing an unreasonable funding burden on the economy. RCAs such as the Transport Agency have their own approaches for assessing and managing historic and cultural heritage. No consistent national guidelines for heritage conservation actions exist, however, which creates risks and opportunities during project development, delivery and ongoing ownership of heritage.The requirements for heritage conservation follow from designation processes, but do not necessarily strengthen the heritage and cultural values of structures and environments. An economic perspective of such values can improve the value for money of heritage investments, and support New Zealand’s heritage stock.

Research Report 606 Towards a safe system for cycling

| Category: Safety, security and public health , Research programme , Research & reports | Audiences: Advice and assistance, General, Walkers & cyclists

Making urban cycling a safer and more attractive transport choice is now a NZ Transport Agency strategic priority.

A New Zealand guide to the treatment of crash locations

Published: | Category: Crash analysis , Research & reports | Audience: Road traffic engineers & consultants

This guide provides procedures for the treatment of traffic crash locations in New Zealand. It outlines practices and policies specific to New Zealand and forms a companion document to Austroads Guide to traffic engineering practice.

Advanced bus solution: final report

Published: | Category: Public transport , Planning, design, funding, building, maintenance of the transport network , Guidance for specialists , Research & reports | Audiences: Communities, General, Local & regional government, Road traffic engineers & consultants

The objective of the ‘Advanced Bus Solution’ (ABS) study was to provide the details of a preferred advanced bus solution for central access and city to / from the Airport that provides the opportunity for a step change in current service levels:

An exploratory study of barriers to child restraint use in New Zealand

Published: | Category: Research & reports | Audience: Communities

The key objective of this research is to determine which factors are seen as barriers to child restraint use by New Zealand parents, and that ultimately prevent some from correctly restraining their children. Identification of these barriers will provide the evidence-base to inform and help target future interventions, such that policy interventions, education initiatives, or social media campaigns are more effective at increasing child restraint rates among non-compliant parents, as well as reducing barriers for those parents that do comply.

Analysis of fatigue levels in New Zealand taxi and local-route truck drivers: phase I

Published: | Category: Research & reports | Audience: Motorists

The goal of the present research programme was to find out how common driver fatigue is in New Zealand, and the degree to which New Zealand drivers suffer from fatigue and fatigue-related effects on their driving performance. To that end, this phase of the project was directed at collecting demographic, lifestyle, and driver fatigue data from an initial sample of New Zealand taxi and local-route truck drivers.

Analysis of piled bridges at sites prone to liquefaction and lateral spreading in New Zealand

Published: | Category: Structures (bridges & culverts) , Research & reports | Audiences: Road traffic engineers & consultants, Roading contractors

This report presents a summary of the outcomes of a follow-on project to a research project commissioned by the NZ Transport Agency that culminated in the publication of research report 553 The development of design guidance for bridges in New Zealand for liquefaction and lateral spreading effects.

Background technical report for Transit New Zealand's 'passing & overtaking policy'

Published: | Category: Research & reports | Audience: Road traffic engineers & consultants

In 2006, the Board of Transit NZ (now the NZ Transport Agency) approved the passing and overtaking (PO) policy. This background technical report preceded approval of the policy and discusses many of the issues relevant to passing and overtaking behaviour. It was intended to help with the development and implementation of the PO policy by the Transport Agency (then Transit NZ). The final version of Transport Agency's (then Transit's) PO policy, which followed after this document may vary from content within this background technical report.

Better Conversations on Road Risk Media Insights

Published: | Category: Research & reports | Audiences: Advice and assistance, General, Road controlling authorities

If you read the news, browse social media, or speak with friends or colleagues, you often hear misinformation about speed and risk on the road.