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Research Publications

Abley have an experienced team of experts who have been involved in a wide range of transport and road safety research and industry guidance.
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Dale Harris, Shane Turner, Dave Smith Alcohol-related crash trends

Research to examine how ‘fit for purpose’ alcohol-related crash data and related data are in New Zealand, and to study trends in these crashes and their connection with other factors.

2022

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Ann-Marie Head, Jeanette Ward Pedestrian network guidance (PNG)

This research provides best practice for planning, designing and creating walkable communities throughout New Zealand. It outlines a process for deciding on the type of provision that should be made for pedestrians – including those with a wide range of disabilities – and provides design advice and standards. 

2021

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Dave Smith, Ann-Marie HeadDeveloping methodologies for improving customer levels of service for walking

This study for NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi identified barriers and motivators to why people choose to walk or not. 

2020

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Dave Smith, Ann-Marie HeadAssessing the effects of small-scale development proposals on the transport network

This research investigated if and how the potential effects of small-scale developments should be identified and has provided an opportunity to fully understand if the absence of national guidelines is limiting the opportunity for effective network management and land use planning.

2017

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Dale Harris, Dave SmithFramework for evacuation routes

Framework and methodology for identifying, planning, designing and assessing emergency evacuation routes to support planning and preparedness in the event of a disaster caused by a natural hazard.

2021

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Paul DurdinLocal government road safety management guidance

Best practice guidance for local government bodies regarding the development and implementation of road safety management systems in New Zealand and Australia.

2020

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Dale Harris, Dave SmithRoad risk assessment for speed management

This project tested the application of Infrastructure Risk Rating for Australian roads. The output includes case studies of speed management interventions, and good practice for speed management engagement.

2019

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Shane Turner, Paul DurdinBest practice in road safety infrastructure programs

Best practice guidance for the development or road safety infrastructure programs that align with the Safe System approach.

2019

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Shane TurnerSafety solutions on mixed use urban arterial roads

Austroads commissioned research to help identify solutions that might be applied on mixed use arterial roads to improve safety through the provision of Safe System infrastructure.

2019

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Use-of a seagull intersections in New Zealand
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Shane TurnerThe crash performance of seagull intersections and intersections with left turn slip lanes

Alternative intersection layouts may reduce traffic delays and/or improve road safety. Two alternatives are reviewed in this research: ‘priority-controlled Seagull intersections’ and ‘priority-controlled intersections with a Left Turn Slip Lane’.

2019

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Shane Turner, Paul DurdinMaking evidence-based crash risk estimation routine by using the SESA process

Achieving safe system or vision zero outcomes at high-risk urban intersections, especially priority cross-roads and high-volume traffic signals, is a major challenge for most cities. 

2019

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Shane TurnerPedestrian and cyclist safe system solutions for St Kilda Road

St Kilda Road is Melbourne’s premier boulevard and is one of the busiest tram routes in the world. It also has a high incident of pedestrian and bicycle crashes due to the relatively poor standard of the facilities provided for these users.

2018

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Shane TurnerLevel crossing safety impact assessments for crossings

While the number of deaths and injuries at level crossings in New Zealand is relatively low compared with the national road toll and injury burden, the high severity of crashes involving trains makes it a key ‘safe system’ focus.

2019

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Shane TurnerCrash prediction models for signalised intersections

In most cities and towns, the majority of crash black-spots occur at major intersections. Crash reduction studies often focus on the major signalised intersections, however, there is limited information that links the phasing configuration, degree of saturation and overall cycle time to crashes. 

2012

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Shane TurnerUnderstanding vulnerable road user crash risk

Like many large cities, Sydney and Auckland’s busy and high-risk arterials carry the bulk of traffic flows and include a mix of active/vulnerable road users (cyclists/motorcyclists/ pedestrians). Auckland Transport is adopting Vision Zero and understanding vulnerable road user crash risks on such routes can be difficult.

2019

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Shane TurnerNew Zealand crash estimation compendium (CEC)

This report contain all the SPFs/CPMs, AMFs/CMFs and some of the severity factors used in New Zealand. Many of which come from research by Shane Turner and others. The CEC is part of the NZ Economic Evaluation Manual.

2018

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