We have been very pleased to support Austroads over the past year in the development of a groundbreaking piece of new work focused on developing guidelines for best practice strategies and supporting materials for state / territory and local government road managers to communicate the importance of road freight. This project was undertaken within the concept of a ‘social licence to operate’ which refers to the fostering and maintenance of community and stakeholder support for projects and operations. A communications strategy encompassing three levels of campaigns was developed. The campaign “toolkits” are the guidance on the necessary steps to develop a campaign and communication tools to inform and engage the community on the importance of freight.
More information on the project including a free to download copy of the report be found here.
Over the last few years we have continued to offer the industry the latest knowledge in the field of traffic calming and local area traffic management.
Peter Damen, our Managing Director, is the foremost expert in this field in Australasia and has been involved in writing several editions of the national guidelines and delivering dozens of training workshops for government and industry.
Earlier this month Peter delivered an LATM Masterclass in Perth, Western Australia to a group of experienced practitioners.
Some of the delegates that that were in attendance are shown in the photo below. We had excellent representation from both local government and Main Roads with lots of interaction and many good insights shared. It was also great to hear how the State Government, via Main Roads, is investing in this space moving forward (thanks to Jerko Ostoic for providing a quick overview). Thanks go to all that attended.
Austroads Webinar being delivered by our team: Best-Practice Approaches to Road Freight and Communities
We were very pleased to deliver a webinar hosted by Austroads on a project that Level5design recently completed titled 'Best-Practice Approaches to Road Freight and Communities'. A major focus of the project was to develop guidelines for best-practice strategies and supporting materials for national, state/territory and local road managers to communicate the importance of freight to the community.
The project broke exciting new ground and in the webinar the Level5design team including Drew Gaynor, Christina Chin, Anthony Fisk and Jack Doyle presented the key findings.
The webinar was held on Thursday, 26 November and the recording of the event can be found here
Get a load of this new Austroads Research Report prepared by the Level5design team that was published earlier today on the 'Framework and Tools for Road Freight Access Decisions'.
More details including a copy of the report (see also below) can be found at https://lnkd.in/eDRtehn including information on a webinar being held on the topic on Thursday 20 August from 1:00–2:00pm AEST. Join us - its free, and its a great way to learn more about the topic.
Our Managing Director, Peter Damen, has been invited by the Institution of Civil Engineers to speak next month on Thursday 27 August in Perth on the topic "Preparing for the Future of Transport". Come along to find out more about emerging transport technologies that present exciting new opportunities and that challenge our thinking in relation to the future form and function of our cities.
This is a free event and everyone is welcome.
You can register your attendance at https://lnkd.in/ghtmC9v
There has been lots to do lately so we nearly missed a major milestone. Last week was our 2nd anniversary since kicking off Level5Design on 1 July 2018. Since that time we have been involved in all sorts of interesting projects ranging across a vast array of technical disciplines. This includes many dozens of projects completed over this period across Australia for Federal, State and Local Government and the private sector. It has been a great experience and thanks go out to all of our clients, collaborators and staff.
We have been very pleased to be part of the team contributing to the development of new state guidance for the development of cycling friendly LATM traffic improvement schemes. The draft guide, developed on behalf of the Department of Transport (WA) and the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) has been in development for over a year and will soon be released for public consultation.
L5D's Managing Director, Peter Damen, is widely published on the topic and is the leading expert on the application of LATM in Australia. One of his most recent papers on the topic can be found under publications HERE.
Our most recent national research on the topic revealed that bicycle facilities within traffic calming/LATM schemes have seen a significant decrease (22%) in use from 2006 to 2018 despite reporting a significant rise in their perceived effectiveness. Clearly if bicycle facilities are as effective as most local governments report then this is an area that needs much more attention moving forward. While there has been a very positive focus on cycling in recent years in Western Australia, it is hoped that this Guide will help to give greater direction and attention to the issue within the State.
Long experience in Denmark and the Netherlands shows that traffic calming is compatible with high levels of cycling. The keys are quality of detailing and speed management. Traffic conditions in local streets should be based on the expectation that bikes and vehicles will share the same space. Bike considerations should be an integral part of the LATM planning process, not merely an afterthought. LATM should improve conditions for cyclists and accord with their primary needs, which is to:
1. Enhance access (aim at a coherent network that reaches all likely local destinations);
2. Enhance safety;
3. Enhance convenience (opportunities, short cuts);
4. Ensure continuity (including provision for crossing of traffic routes).
This week our very own Christina Chin was featured in Roads and Infrastructure Magazine being quoted about the work she led on behalf of Austroads on the viability of using recycled plastics in asphalt and sprayed sealing applications.
The article can be found here https://www.roadsonline.com.au/the-pros-and-cons-of-plastic/
This was an excellent piece of research and the 9 priority actions contained within it give clear guidance on the next steps that need to be taken to drive positive outcomes and give clear and consistent national guidance on industry practice.
The Austroads published report can be found here https://austroads.com.au/latest-news/the-benefits-and-challenges-of-using-recycled-plastics-in-asphalt-and-sprayed-seals
In prioritising research and development activities, a range of factors were considered, including:
The Australian Local Government Association National Roads and Transport Congress was held on the 18th - 20th November at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre. The theme for this year was ‘Breaking through for modern transport’ and Level 5 Design CEO Peter Damen was invited to give the Keynote Address on the Future of Transport.
Peter’s talk covered how new developments in shared, autonomous, connected and electric transport services will affect our cities and towns, and how things are set to change significantly in the very near future.
Peter explained how there are a number of emerging technologies that are at our doorstep that will disrupt the status quo and while each of these technologies individually are significant, the benefits arise from these technologies complementing each other.
It was an honor to be invited to present at the congress and involved in a fantastic event, with some fantastic and thought provoking discussions from the experts in the industry.
Peter Damen is the Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Level 5 Design, a specialist advisory and design consultancy dedicated to achieving valuable innovative outcomes for its customers in the rapidly evolving transport technology and infrastructure planning and design spaces.