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 are very pleased to announce an upcoming webinar hosted by Austroads on a project that Level5design have recently completed for them 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 has broken exciting new ground and in the webinar the Level5design team including Drew Gaynor, Christina Chin, Anthony Fisk and Jack Doyle will present the key findings.
The webinar will be held at 1pm on Thursday, 26 November. More details are given 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.
Austroads Report: The benefits and challenges of using recycled plastics in asphalt and sprayed seals
With plastic a significant contributor to Australia’s waste generation and with more and more ending up in landfill each year, many industries are looking to develop new ways to reuse and recycle plastic. But is recycled plastic a viable alternative for the construction of roads? And what are the long term health and lifestyle implications? On behalf of Austroads, Level 5 Design Principal Consultant Christina Chin with support from CEO Peter Damen have written a fascinating report on the benefits and challenges of using recycled plastics in asphalt and sprayed seals.
The basis of the report involved conducting a comprehensive local and overseas literature review, looking at a number of case studies and overseas road trials. The report found that some waste plastics can be a partial aggregate replacement in bituminous mixes and a binder extender without significantly influencing asphalt properties, however a precautionary approach has been advised until more research has been conducted. One of the most significant concerns is that road workers could be exposed to hazards whilst handling recycled plastics and there is also the potential issue of emissions being released when plastic is heated. Another concern is microplastics leaching out from our pavements into waterways, posing a threat to our marine life.
One of the main recommendations in the report is the need for the development of a governance framework on the use of plastics in road construction and to develop performance-based specifications to allow producers more flexibility to innovate. Focus should be on nationally monitoring, assessing and sharing results of road trials conducted in Australia and New Zealand and further research into the viability of using recycled plastics in sprayed seals.
Read the full Austroads report here.
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.