Abley have an experienced team of experts who have been involved in a wide range of transport and road safety research and industry guidance.
Best practice guidance for the development or road safety infrastructure programs that align with the Safe System approach.
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.
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’.
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.
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 facilites provided for these users.
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.
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.
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.
Transport planning + engineering
This study for Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency identified barriers and motivators to why people choose to walk or not. The research led to development of a Pedestrian Level of Service framework for New Zealand.
This research for Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency 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.
This research for Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency 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.