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.
Recent research conducted by Level5design shows speeding is the highest ranking traffic-related issue being addressed by local government and has been for over 10 years. By identifying and implementing the most effective traffic calming techniques, local area traffic management can stop speeding in its tracks. Watch this space for more useful facts and figures such as what are the most effective traffic calming techniques used in Australia and New Zealand.
Why are bicycle facilities considered effective but being used less?
Research by Level 5 Design shows bicycle facilities incorporated within local area traffic management schemes have been rated by local government as increasingly effective, but are being used less than before. Despite a 19 percentage point rise in effectiveness of bicycle facilities since 2014, there has been an equivalent decrease in their use within traffic management schemes in local communities. In fact, quite a few large metropolitan local governments state that they never build bicycle facilities into local area traffic management schemes. If these facilities are as effective as many say, surely we should be using more of them. What are your thoughts on why this could be happening?
Peter Damen is the Principal and Managing Director 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.