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18 November, 2014
"A wonderful talk by Marsha Anderson Bomar"

Who's Driving?

In the near future, your driverless car is taking you to your Sunday lunch. You are checking the restaurant reviews. A huge deep hole opens up in front of the car. It’s too late to brake but to swerve would mean ploughing into a Sunday School picnic.

What does your robot car do?

Robot drones can fall out of the sky. Who is responsible? Owner? Designer/builder?

Read more.


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The Difference Between Life and Death

 

The safe system approach is a proven way to save lives and reduce serious injuries. It recognises that people make mistakes and are vulnerable in a crash. It reduces the price paid for a mistake so crashes don't result in loss of life or limb. Mistakes are inevitable - deaths and serious injuries from road crashes are not.

 

Learn more about the safe system approach by watching this short video below, and then share it with your colleagues, friends and family.

 


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AITPM End of Year Tour & Dinner

 

On Thursday 4 December 2014, AITPM Victoria will hold its annual End of Year Tour & Dinner. The tour will be at Melbourne Airport, followed by a BBQ lunch and round of social golf.

 

In the evening, the dinner keynote speakers will be Gary Liddle, Deputy Secretary Transport, DTPLI and Christine Wyatt, Deputy Secretary Planning, DTPLI.

 

Click here for full details.


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2014 President's Dinner

The annual President's Dinner was held on Tuesday 18 November.

The ITEANZ President, Nick Szwed, welcomed all who attended at the beautiful Kew Golf Course.

The guest speaker was Marsha Anderson Bomar who gave an inspiring speach about issues facing the transport profession in the USA. She spoke about creative funding arrangements, how the ITE can advance the debate about transport issues and about Envision - a relatively new tool for evaluating different types of sustainability projects.

 

Marsha  

More pictures are on our facebook page


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Fast Train to Tulla?

 

For an excellent article outlining the pros and cons, click here.


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New Zealand Transport News

 

Red, red lines?

Not confused words from an old Bob Marley or UB40 song but some recent traffic management measures installed by Auckland Transport that are causing a bit of confusion ... but as Auckland Transport explain it is part of a bigger plan (some parts of it delayed by contractor and sign materials supply difficulties). 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/news/10654246/Aucklands-red-road-stripes-confuse-drivers

 
 

Alice emerges and turns around

The world’s 10th largest Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) has been reported on in recent ITEAZ newsletters and has her own Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AliceTBM). Her most recent exploits include emerging after having completed the first tunnel (over the past 10 months) is currently in the process of turning around and heading back to where she started.
 

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/breakthrough-alice-in-key-auckland-tunnel-project-6094862

http://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/waterviewconnection/docs/poster-waterview-tbm-turnaround.pdf


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Newsletter November 2014

 

Click here for the November 2014 Newsletter.

 

Click here for our newsletter archive.


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Motor Vehicle Safety Act Review Submission

The ITEANZ made a submission on 20 October 2014 to the Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development in relation to a review of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act 1989.

 

The Options Discussion Paper and the media release are available via the Department’s website at www.infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/mv_standards_act/index.aspx.  The review indicates the Australian Government’s commitment to reduce death and injury on our roads while reducing red tape and building a strong and prosperous economy.

 

Our stance on the options is to support any reform that streamlines the Act, regulations and Australian Design Rules, but to oppose the options that would downgrade vehicle safety just for the sake of reducing the regulatory burden.  Our vehicle safety standards are more stringent than most other countries and we should not accept lower standards for the sake of international harmonisation.

 

ITEANZ submission.


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Motor Vehicle Window Tinting

Motor vehicle window tinting has been a subject of community discussion in recent years and ITEANZ has developed a position on this issue after a thorough process of peer review. Our position paper can be found here.


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In Victorian Transport News...

We have scoured newspapers this month to bring you a selection of transport editorials you may be interested in.
 

"Bankers and lawyers get rich pushing road over rail", The Age, 2 August 2014
 

"Are pricey streets a road to ruin?", The Age, 3 August 2014

 

"Push for consumers to pay more in peak", The Age, 7 August 2014

 

"Glitter begins to rub off in the outer suburbs", The Age, 21 August 2014


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Sustainable Transport Vs Level of Service

For the last five decades, the singular focus on preserving traffic level of service (LOS) for automobiles has inhibited the implementation of sustainable transportation projects. Read more here.


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Toyota Engineer Awarded Patent for Vehicle to Infrastructure System

 

Toyota Technical Center's general manager of the Integrated Vehicle Systems Department, Hideki Hada, has been awarded a patent for the development of vehicle speed indication using vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) technology. The idea behind vehicle speed indication using V2I is to improve traffic flow by dynamically adjusting posted speed limits on highways using vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communication. The system uses Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) to transmit vehicle speed to the highway infrastructure management system, which collects that data and calculates an optimal speed of vehicles on that highway based on the traffic condition in the area. This optimal speed is sent to vehicles using DSRC wireless communication. Toyota has been contributing a large scale field operational test of this 5.9GHz DSRC technology at its Ann Arbor, MI, USA campus and proven the feasibility of this technology which can contribute to the improvement of vehicle safety and create the foundation for future connected-and-automated driving systems.

 

For more information, click here.


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Traffic Signals Optional?

 


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New Zealand Road News

There is further debate and technical work being undertaken regarding the (controversial) creation of a possible new roading link via the Haast - Hollyford route through the rugged and largely remote West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The alignment through the south Westland region towards the world renowned Milford Sound and the tourism centres of Te Anau and Queenstown, has been considered and debated for many decades. Renewed interest in the route is being given with the prospect of a private sector PPP project.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/west-coast/9872211/230m-Haast-Hollyford-road-mooted


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Prototype for Solar Roadways

Solar Roadways has announced the development of the first prototype solar road that is designed to replace the United States' deteriorating highway infrastructure and crumbling power grid with an intelligent highway system that pays for itself by generating renewable energy. The road is made from structurally engineered solar panels that are driven upon. The road panels contain LEDs for painting road lines from beneath the surface. Moreover, the system also includes a heating element to prevent snow/ice accumulation in northern climates and a microprocessor board for control and communications. The next phase is the commercialization plan to begin the manufacturing process.

 

To watch the video, visit http://www.solarroadways.com/intro.shtml.

 

 

Join the conversation about this technology on ITE Community.


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New Zealand Transport News

  • After a total of five deaths were recorded on NZ roads after the recent Queens Birthday holiday weekend there is a renewed call for a detailed review of the controls and regulations around international tourist drivers on NZ roads.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/10111536/Tourist-driving-needs-review-say-victims-families

  • As New Zealand’s largest city Auckland struggle with the combined challenges of growth in development and population, funding of the city’s transport infrastructure and maintaining the effectiveness and efficiency of the transport system overall, the city’s transport agency has released a discussion document outlining proposals for an overhaul of public parking including some fairly controversial ideas.

https://at.govt.nz/driving-parking/parking-rules-consultations/parking-consultations/auckland-parking-discussion/

  • With one of NZ’s largest tunnelling projects for the past decade or more well underway, the progress of the project’s tunnel boring machine “Alice” is tracked …

http://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/waterviewconnection/


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ITEANZ Board member awarded MEF Scholarship

ITEANZ Board Member, Daniel Przychodzki, was awarded a Municipal Engineering Foundation (MEF) Scholarship, which involves an overseas study tour in August this year.

 

He will be visiting the United States (including San Francisco, Miami and New York), Canada (including Toronto, to attend the American Public Works Association Congress), and also the United Kingdom (London).  Daniel's particular topic of interest is on providing infrastructure to encourage Active Transport options in established areas. 

 

Other Scholarship awardees involved in the study tour will be investigating impacts of climate change on coastal infrastructure, latest project management trends, and evaluation and benchmarking of public works programs, infrastructure condition and capacity. 

 

We congratulate Daniel on his achievement.


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Truck Safety

Truck operators are divided on safety standards. Interested? Click here.


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The Impact of Parking on Sustainable Cities

One bus equals a lot of cars

Want to read an interesting article on how car parks affect our cities? Try this.


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2014 Annual Breakfast Meeting

A very successful breakfast meeting was held on 12th February.  The guest speaker was Luke Donnellan, Victorian Shadow Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC.  The event was proudly sponsored by RACV.

 

2014 Breakfast    Luke Donnellan

 

More photos can be found on our facebook page.


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Driver Training


The International Road Federation, in Washington DC, has published this important research paper, from its Driver Behaviour, Education and Training sub-committee, giving the reasons why drivers should NOT be taught 'how to get out of a skid' or how to do a last-minute 'evasive swerve'.

The typical result of such training is not only more crashes rather than fewer, but also those crashes tend to be at higher speeds (due, it is believed, to increased over-confidence).

View the paper (pdf) at: http://www.irfnews.org/wp-content/uploads/IRF-DBET-SC-Endorsement-Driver-Training-11-07-2013.pdf


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1958 Road Safety Advert

If you would like to see how road safety was being advertised in 1958 click here


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Signalised Intersection Transformed

If you want to see a video (15 min) of how a very busy fully signalised intersection in the UK was transformed and traffic signals removed click here .


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News from around Australia and the World

 

CASR report outlines benefits from lower suburban speed limits: click here

 

New design revealed for Flinders St station, but timeframe and budget not yet clear: click here

 

WA state budget provides funding to commence two major public transport projects - MAX light rail and an airport rail line: click here

 

Innovative tolling proposed for Tullamarine Fwy to meet Melbourne Airport needs. Click here.

 

Engineers are among top 10 most trustworthy professions. Click here.

 

Underground parking for bicycles? Could only happen in Japan.


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Cycling Forum

A forum on cycling was held on 24 April 2013 at Richmond Town Hall.  Over 100 people attended this very informative session with 12 speakers from a wide range of organisations - government and non-government. Each of the speakers' presentations is on the Seminars and Conferences page.

 

Cycling Forum -  Richmond Town Hall


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ITE Transport Resources

If you are looking for reliable articles, papers and other resources in relation to on-road transport that have been verified and checked, have a look at this site: www.ite.org


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Counting Bicyclists and Pedestrians


http://www.activelivingresearch.org/bikepedcounts
Research Brief: Active Living Research, University of California, San Diego
The research brief describes types of technologies available for counting bicyclists and pedestrians and the benefits and challenges associated with different approaches. The brief also explains how bicyclist and pedestrian count data can be used to inform transportation planning and present trends in levels of bicycle and pedestrian activity.


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