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Newsletter of The New Zealand Roadmarkers Federation Inc.

Roadmarking News www.nzrf.co.nz Edition 120 August 2016 NZTA Draft State Highways Plan 2016/17

NZTA recently released its Draft 2016/17 State Highway Plan. In the forward to the document Tommy Parker General Manager, Highways & Network Operations sets out NZTA objectives:

We are also partway through delivering several key motorway projects, accelerated through the Auckland Transport package, to reduce congestion and improve journey time reliability. We are also delivering, or about to get underway with, a range of regional state highway projects under the Accelerated Regional State Highway Programme. When it comes to deciding what the rest of our improvement programme will be for the coming year, we need to ensure it effectively contributes to the objectives of the GPS, and our broader strategic direction. Thus, our improvements programme is focussed on five key areas of activity: • reducing deaths and serious injury • reducing collective risk • improving reliability • better utilisation of existing capacity • targeted improvements in journey times.

"The 2016/17 financial year is the second year of the 2015-18 National Land Transport Programme. With $2.2 billion of revenue available, the NZTA's priorities are to carry on with work in progress activities, planned maintenance, and some new capital improvements that align with our strategic direction. It is important that we keep our existing assets in good shape for our customers. We will be spending $535 million on operations, maintenance and renewals this coming year. Our capital improvements programme for this year is $1.64 billion. A large proportion of this ($1.38 billion) is already committed to a range of projects throughout New Zealand. This investment contributes to the Government’s objectives to lift economic efficiency and boost regional economic development by providing improved access to all regions. We are continuing our work in completing the projects that make up the Roads of National Significance (RoNS) programme – a key part of delivering the Government’s National Infrastructure Plan and the Government Policy Statement for Land Transport (GPS).

So bearing this in mind, our new capital improvement programme focuses on the following: • delivering projects that align with our direction, eg the National Roads and Roadside Programme included in the Government’s Safer Journeys strategy, improvements that are part of our High Productivity Motor Vehicle network, and minor improvements • delivering on our commitments as part of the Regional Improvements activity class • improving the resilience of our network • planning and delivering safe and cost-effective pedestrian and cyclist facilities on state highways. Much of our new safety focused activity will be delivered by the Safe Roads Alliance – a partnership between the Transport Agency and infrastructure consultancies Beca, Bloxam Burnett and Olliver, and Northern Civil Consulting. Through the Safe Road Alliance, we have the opportunity to improve the safety performance of over 400km of highway, with the potential to reduce deaths and serious injuries on the country’s state highway network up to 1500 over the next 10 years. We plan to invest about $100 million a year into safety improvements.

Published by: The New Zealand Roadmarkers Federation Inc. P O Box 13 605 Onehunga Auckland 1643 New Zealand Executive Director: Alister Harlow Phone: +64 9 625 7470 Email: alister@nzrf.co.nz Roadmarking News in published by The NZ Roadmarkers Federation Inc. Opinions expressed in Roadmarking News do not necessarily reflect the views of the NZRF


Ultimately, our intention is to deliver a balanced state highway programme with an emphasis on contributing to economic growth and prosperity, while delivering significant road safety outcomes, and delivering the right outcomes for customers

The cat’s eyes (delineators) are electronically programmed to pulse and strobe in sequence toward the exits in an emergency, guiding people safely out. The system installed in Mt Victoria Tunnel is a world-first use of delineators to this extent.

Upgrade transforms Mt Victoria tunnel An extensive upgrade of the 85-year-old Mt Victoria Tunnel in Wellington that started in April 2015 has been completed 14 months later.

The tunnel has been repainted inside and out with a colour scheme that features Mt Victoria Robin’s Egg Blue inside the portals and along the walkway, soft white on the lower walls and new carriageway wall panels, and black on the ceiling. Mt Victoria Tunnel is a part of the highway route from Wellington Airport to the rest of the North Island as well as connecting the eastern suburbs to the central city and beyond.

Alliance to bring stronger network to the North

The State Highway 1 tunnel, which was carved through rock in 1930 and 1931, has been transformed to include 21st Century tunnel safety technologies. To minimise the impact on traffic the tunnel was closed overnight from Sundays to Thursdays on 295 occasions to allow the safety upgrade to take place. The tunnel is now open 24 hours every day, apart from scheduled maintenance closures. “We’d like to thank the local residents and Wellington motorists for their patience while we undertook the upgrade to this vital link in the Wellington region’s transport network,” Neil Walker, Wellington Highways Manager, NZ Transport Agency says. To enable many of the new safety features, a huge amount of electronic communication, mechanical and electrical engineering has been undertaken. Most of the improvements are ‘behind the scenes’ in the tunnel infrastructure, but motorists will notice that they can continue listening to their radio due to the upgrade enabling the rebroadcast of 18 FM frequencies. Conditions for driving through the tunnel have been improved with 1000 light-reflecting white panels beside the carriageway, a new paint palette and glowing ‘cat’s eye’ markers along the sides and centreline. The panels are fire-resistant, adding to the tunnel’s safety profile.

The aim of the alliance is to make State Highways, regional and local roads more resilient, more connected and safer for the communities of Northland as they get to work, school and play. The NTA includes the Far North District Council, Kaipara District Council, Northland Regional Council and the Whangarei District Council and will deliver financial savings of at least $18m for the councils over ten years through improved in-house capacity around activities such as activity management planning and procurement. Auckland Regional Director Ernst Zöllner says more than 50 staff, as well as resources from the four councils will be coordinated to work together within the Transportation Alliance. “All parties will be equally responsible. Virtual operations mean staff will still be located within their current organisations but begin to report and operate as part of the NTA,” says Ernst. The alliance is not a council control organisation (CCO) and all road assets and budgets will remain under each council’s ownership but the coordination of staff and resources in one entity is a superb way to share specialist skills and keep them in Northland. Ernst emphasises, “this shared approach will enable planning and resourcing to be maximised for the region while still retaining local democratic decision-making. It will help us build an effective and resilient network for customers in the North.


“This is a pragmatic demonstration of councils finding new and better ways of working together,” he says. The NTA will take around 18 months to get fully up and running.

$1million safety boost for high risk roads in the Rotorua district State highways around Rotorua had a $1 million safety boost in June. Targeted safety upgrades designed to reduce the risk of death and serious injury crashes were installed around the region by the NZ Transport Agency. The work was carried out in response to the Government’s Safer Journeys’ strategy to reduce death and serious injury crashes on New Zealand roads. The Transport Agency’s Bay of Plenty highways manager, Niclas Johansson says the changes are designed to make the roads and roadsides more forgiving, reducing the impact if a driver makes a mistake and crashes. The $1.02 million Rotorua investment includes new signs and road markings, which make a more readable road and alert drivers to what is ahead, and upgrades to the high-risk State Highway 5/ Tutukau Road intersection, which will be widened and upgraded with a new right-turn bay.

'Half of the death and serious injury crashes in New Zealand are from drivers losing control and running off the road. A guard rail that keeps vehicles on the road can mean the difference between someone walking away from a crash or being taken away by an ambulance or in a hearse.' Putting in place measures that help prevent road crashes from occurring is a major focus for the Transport Agency, Mr Johansson says. 'However, no matter how many measures we develop, mistakes will still happen and road crashes will occur,' he says. 'Installing guard rails, removing hazards such as trees and creating a more readable road with upgraded signs and road marking help to create more forgiving roads and roadsides that reduce the impact if a driver makes a mistake and crashes.'

Solar roads: A shining idea with a big price tag Take the vast, network of roads across our country and the sun that beats down on them and turn them into energy-creating super highways. The idea of solar panel roads is still in the early stages of development but it's one that has been gaining traction in a number of countries around the world. It's about to get a real life trial on one of the world's most iconic roads - Route 66 - known as the "main street of America". A husband and wife start-up company out of Idaho called Solar Roadways are behind the idea to replace traditional asphalt roads with glass based "solar panels that you can drive on" in a bid to turn roads into sources of renewable energy.

Trees will be trimmed or removed to improve visibility, and guard rails will be installed on State Highway 5 (SH5) Waiotapu, State Highway 30 Whirinaki Valley, State Highway 36 Kaharoa Rd and SH5 Tutukau Road, Mihi. 'The guard rails are being installed on corners where there is a risk of people losing control and driving of the road,' Mr Johansson says.


Scott and Julie Brusaw have raised nearly $3 million through an online fundraising campaign in order to pursue their ambitious goal. The company is set to launch a trial of its product on a small section of the iconic highway in hopes that it can generate enough energy to power a rest station. The French government recently announced plans to cover 1000km of road with solar panels in the next five years. The country's National Institute of Solar Energy has teamed up with a French road building company to develop solar panels that are less than a centimetre thick to lay over the top of roads. It's an initiative they hope will be able to generate renewable energy for five million people. Holland has also been experimenting with the idea and built the world's first solar bike path in 2014. After six months of the trial Dutch researchers said it proved more successful than expected, producing enough electricity to power a singleperson household for a year. WHAT IS THE DOWN SIDE? It sounds exciting but there are road blocks on the idea with some renewable energy experts questioning the idea, believing it is inefficient and overly expensive. Dr Andrew Thomson, a solar researcher at the Australian National University, admits the idea is attractive but warns at this stage it's a somewhat misguided one. "It's a really attractive looking idea," Dr Thomson said. But while "it's technically feasible, it's very expensive. I don't really think there's a market for it, the opportunity cost is very much against it". It's an incredibly attractive idea but plenty of solar researchers are not entirely on board. Their concerns revolve around the prohibitive expense, the comparatively poorer performance of road solar to other options such as roof installations and potential safety issues.

Price Building roads out of thick slabs of toughened glass costs about four to five times the amount of typical bitumen/asphalt roads - a disparity that is unlikely to change. If solar panels are made out of recycled glass, the solar panel can suffer a dramatic performance hit of more than 50 per cent. Supporters claim the energy produced by the roads will recoup costs but such claims makes little sense if there is a more efficient alternative. "I don't see how they're ever going to make an economic case for it," Dr Thomson told news.com.au. Performance If the solar cell is partially shaded, it dramatically reduces the energy creation of the panel. Given that roads are not orientated towards the sun and can be shaded by buildings as well as the cars driving on them, the performance of the solar panel is significantly reduced. The technology of Idaho's Solar Roadways boasts a number of nifty features such as self-heating to ensure roads remain free of snow and ice and the panels can alert drivers to animals crossing the road via panels that light up. But for some solar researchers, such potential benefits are not enough to trump the "relative inefficiency" of the road technology. It does have its place, but ultimately it's a niche market, Dr Thomson said. "When the world runs out of rooftop and other spare places." Safety There is also safety concerns over the long term wearability of the solar glass. Asphalt roads wear away to simply expose more layers of rough asphalt with the same consistency and grip. While solar glass will be made with surface topography to increase traction, over time the homogenous material will wear smooth.

LED streetlights are good for the Earth, but not so great for human health Energy-efficient LED street lights are so bright they could be a health hazard, according to new medical guidelines. Research released by The American Medical Association in June warns that the high amount of


blue/white glare emitted by LED street lights is increasing night-time glare, ruining sleep patterns, disorienting wildlife and contributing to light pollution. The night brightness created by the roll-out of LED street lighting in New York has proved controversial – author Lionel Shriver described it as "mass civic vandalism" in The New York Times, and locals are petitioning mayor Bill de Blasio to halt plans to convert all the city's 250,000 plus streetlights to LED. But Victoria, Australia too, is an enthusiastic adopter of energy efficient lighting. In 2014 the state's target of 232,000 lights was second only to New York's, and more than 60,000 had already been installed, according to Ironbark Sustainability, a consultancy working with councils to switch on energy efficient light.

"Urbanisation is probably the major effect [on light pollution]. But the LED lights are brighter that the sodium lights, so it's important that they're shielded well, because if they're not they'll have a compounding effect." The City of Moreland, which includes the inner-city suburbs of Brunswick and Coburg, has already replaced 5750 lights across the municipality, with the remaining 2750 lights to be changed by midAugust. Safety was a consideration, said councillor Meghan Hopper, following a petition from women in the community for an immediate upgrade to the lighting on Sydney Road, Brunswick. The petition, which received 624 signatures, followed a number of attacks along the road, including the rape and murder of Jill Meagher. "By moving to LED you get a brighter, whiter, more crisp pool of light that makes people feel that little bit safer when they're walking home at night, because it is a brighter environment," she said. Cr Hopper said that although overall feedback has been "overwhelmingly positive", there were some residents who had complained about the bright lights infringing into their houses.

Now more than 190,000 LED light bulbs have been replaced in Victoria, and 72 out of 79 Victorian councils have signed up to make the switch. Ironbark Sustainability is setting its sights on replacing every street light in Australia with an LED, a total of 2,303,896 lights across the country, which would amount to a reduction in greenhouse gases of 2.2 million tonnes. But while LED lights are championed as a environmentally friendly option, Professor Andrew Hopkins, head of Research and Outreach at the Australian Astronomical Observatory, said LED lights are creating more light pollution than their predecessors. "LED lights are much brighter than more traditional sodium lighting, the colour of the light is also much bluer. This has a bigger impact on the potential for light pollution," he said. Professor Hopkins said LED lights should be properly shielded.

"We've certainly had some people that border laneways that have noted that by us replacing light bulbs in laneways it has made the lighting brighter into their windows ... sadly, it is a little bit unavoidable," she said. In September, the City of Melbourne will start replacing 16,000 street lights with the energy efficient lights, with the project expected to be completed in three years. Councillor Arron Wood, chair of the Environment portfolio, said they planned to minimise the effect of light pollution. "With any new technology, getting the technology right is really important. A portion of these lights will actually be able to be dimmed, and we're also looking at smart lighting and upgradable technology as part of this lighting upgrade." Cr Wood said the project will save the council at least $1 million a year in electricity usage.


Meet Graham: The ugly face of road safety

the skull and then bouncing backwards and getting an injury on the back of the head as well."

The body of Graham with his huge chest, inflated head, extra nipples and absence of a neck has been designed to survive a car crash.

Piccinini also consulted with Dr Logan who is a roads safety expert at Monash University. "In the modern world we're subjecting ourselves to much higher speeds, and the body just doesn't have the physiology to absorb the energy when things go wrong," Dr Logan said.

Graham, who was created by Melbourne sculptor Patricia Piccinini, is part of the Victorian Government's new road safety campaign. Piccinini drew from the knowledge of trauma surgeon Christian Kenfield and road safety engineer David Logan to build a body that could withstand a high-speed crash. Graham's warped features, such as his huge chest and extra nipples which are meant to mimic air bags and protect his rib cage, highlight how vulnerable the human body is in car crashes.

"A crash is about managing energy so when we're moving along the road we have energy. When we suddenly stop the car because we're in a crash that energy has to be absorbed by the car and by the driver." The interactive sculpture is part of a creative Victorian road safety campaign. Victorians will be able to use Google Tango, the latest in immersive augmented reality technology, to look beneath Graham's skin and better understand how his unique features would work to cushion him from serious injury in a crash. School curriculum has also been developed to enhance the learning experience for students visiting Graham in person or online.

Nissan keeps self-driving simple - and not quite autonomous His lack of neck rules out broken bones and whiplash, while his flat, fatty face is designed to protect his nose and ears. The padded up chest with airbags between each rib protects his heart. Graham also has thicker and tougher skin to shield and reduce abrasions and road rash. But his bizarre features do not just protect him inside a car but help him if he is a pedestrian. He has strong legs allowing him to jump out of the way of oncoming cars, and his knees bend in all directions to save him breaking his leg when hit by a car. Dr Kenfield said even the strongest man could not hold himself in place in a car accident because the force of crash was so great. "The dangers of even low speeds such as 25,30, 35 kilometres an hour is quite great," he said. "The most significant part of body for injury is the head. So as the head stops the brain actually keeps moving forward, smashing against the front part of

Self-driving cars may be all the rage, but when it's a real product, coming soon from Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co., the technology gets toned down. And so don't expect to the driver to disappear for years to come. The Serena minivan equipped with ProPilot technology relies on a single camera in the back of the driver's rearview mirror. The car can then follow the vehicle ahead, maintaining a safe distance that the driver sets. It also recognizes lanes so it won't swerve off. If the car it is following moves to another lane, it's smart enough to find the next car ahead of it and start following that one. And it keeps going on a freeway at a set speed. ProPilot is designed to ease stress on stop-and-go congested roads common in Japan, as well as long drives on uncongested roads, like the interstate highways in the U.S., when a driver might tire and get sleepy.


Nissan said the minivan goes on sale in Japan next month. The automaker promised similar technology later in China, the U.S. and in the Qashqai sport-utility vehicle in Europe. Specific models weren't disclosed for China and the U.S. But ProPilot is designed only to help drivers. They must keep their hands on the steering wheel, and an alarm goes off if a sensor on the wheel detects no-hands driving.

pedestrians and cyclists are properly detected. Some confusion that comes from not knowing when the car is driving or when you are driving can lead to accidents, he said. Nissan, based in Yokohama, is planning autonomous driving for regular city roads by 2020. ProPilot is limited to dealing with the lane the vehicle is in, and on freeways. Some types of limited autonomous car systems are already available on the market in luxury brands. Nissan is keeping ProPilot simple to just one camera to keep the price of the vehicle down at below 3 million yen ($29,000). Other price details were not disclosed.

Road safety charity calls for ban on hands-free phones in vehicles

ProPilot is smarter and a bit more glamorous than cruise control, already in many vehicles, but for all its help, if you slam on the gas pedal, it cannot stop you from crashing into the car you are trailing.

Following new research from psychologists at the University of Sussex, road safety charity Brake has renewed its calls for the UK government to look again at the laws around driving and mobile phone use.

"The driver must assume full responsibility," said Nissan Motor Co. Deputy General Manager Atsushi Iwaki, a member of ProPilot's development team. "It is best to limit the function to helping the driver." That approach comes as there are still many concerns about safety for self-driving cars. Last month, a Tesla Model S was operating in semiautonomous Autopilot mode when it failed to detect a tractor trailer passing in front of it, crashed and killed the driver. But autonomous capabilities are definitely the way of the future, expected to be in millions of cars in the next decade or two. "The technology is quite viable, but it isn't ready for consumer use yet," said Karl Brauer, senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book. "Living that reality at a widespread and affordable level is still years away." Brauer said the challenges to autonomous capabilities include dealing with bad weather, which may trouble sensors, as well as making sure

The study, published in the Transportation Research Journal, shows that drivers who are engaged in conversations that spark their visual imagination are much less able to spot and react to potential hazards. When the drivers involved in the study were asked about a subject that required them to visualise it, they focussed on a smaller area of the road ahead of them and failed to see hazards, even when they looked directly at them. The researchers claim their evidence shows conversations may use more of the brain’s visual processing resources than previously understood. Having a conversation which requires a driver to use their visual imagination creates competition for the brain’s processing capacity that is also focussing on driving. This results in drivers missing road hazards that they might otherwise have spotted. This is the latest study to look at the increased


dangers involved with driving and mobile phone use. Previous research has estimated that up to 22 per cent of crashes could be caused by some kind of distraction and drivers who perform a secondary task at the wheel, like using a mobile, are up to three times more likely to crash. Also, the effect of talking on a phone while driving has already been shown to be worse than drinking certain amounts of alcohol. Driver reaction times are 30 per cent slower while using a hands-free phone than driving with a blood alcohol level of 80mg alcohol per 100ml blood (the current limit in England and Wales), and nearly 50 per cent slower than driving under normal conditions. As well as disproving the popular misconception that using a mobile phone while driving is safe as long as it’s hands-free, the researchers from Sussex also say there are still differences between a hands-free conversation and a chatty passenger. A passenger will usually moderate the conversation when road hazards arise, whereas someone on the other end of a phone is oblivious to the other demands on the driver and so keeps talking. Lucy Amos, research advisor for Brake, said: “Distracted driving is a major cause behind road crashes; pulling the drivers’ attention away from the road and its potential hazards, potentially leading to fatal outcomes. This new study is only the latest of many which adds weight to extending the existing legislation to cover all mobile phone use within a vehicle, not just the use of hand-held mobile devices. We call on the government to take action and remove the clear and present danger of mobile phones on our roads.”

One in three Queensland teens say selfies while driving are OK: RACQ survey One in three Queensland teenagers think it is OK to take selfies while driving, an RACQ survey has found. More than 2000 Queensland Year 12 students were surveyed between January and July this year to find out what distracted them while driving. The survey was part of RACQ's docudrama road safety education program. RACQ executive manager of Community and Education David Contarini said it was a shock to discover a third of respondents said taking selfies was OK while driving.

"We asked that question specifically, it comes with a whole range of questions around distraction," he said. We asked where would they draw the line: some would say taking a selfie while others would say, no, I think that is OK. You get this really interesting mix of where those students are in terms of their own values and own behaviours. One in three are saying taking a selfie is normal behaviour."

The survey also found 75 per cent of students admitted they had been in a situation as a passenger in a vehicle where they believed they might die while almost 40 per cent said they had been in a car with a driver who was over the legal alcohol limit. Mr Contarini said they were aware of how ingrained smartphones were in teenagers' lives and hoped RACQ's road safety program gave them the capacity to know what these distractions were and how to avoid them. "The message we are saying is it's OK to have a mobile phone and use it, just don't do it while you're driving," he said. "We want to start a movement, #intheboot, that means put the phone in the boot, which could be literal, or put it out of reach, move it away so you don't have the temptation to use it while you're driving. Distraction is huge, it is such a big issue, particularly around mobile phone use and in that age cohort." The RACQ education program is delivered to more than 50 schools across Queensland each year.

Thailand’s road safety plan makes novel step A novel approach to improving road safety is being made in Thailand. The country is now making it


compulsory for convicted drink drivers to visit hospital morgues. This move is being handled by the Thai Probation Department and forms part of a series of measures intended to improve road safety in Thailand. The aim of the programme is to scare drivers committing DUI offences into avoiding reoffending. The country has the second highest rate of road fatalities in the world, according to a report by the World Health Organisation, with its risk of road death second only to Libya. Since the scheme was initiated over 1,700 drivers convicted of DUI offences have visited hospital morgues. The official data records 11,370 deaths in Thailand from road crashes in 2015, with drink driving being a major factor. However it is widely assumed that the actual death tolls is far higher, with many more people dying a period after crashes have occurred or with road deaths simply not being recorded.

Chinese demand for EVs is growing Demand for electric vehicles (EVs) is growing in China. A report from the Shanghai Daily said that data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers showed EV sales reached 90,000 units, 131% higher in January-April 2016 than for the same period in the previous year. Demand for EVs is particularly strong in the major Chinese cities. Vehicle buyers in Beijing have to submit a request for a vehicle registration. Official data shows that applications for EV registrations reached 17,600, an increase of 5,000 over the previous round of applications. According to the Beijing Times, the city authorities have set a quota of 60,000 new EV registrations for 2016, with this expected to be completely used up by the next round of applications ending in August 2016. So far this year, 25,424 new EVs have been registered in Beijing.

templates. Recent Chinese reports have said a prototype is being built in the city of Chengzou for a pilot project being set up on the streets of Qinhuangdao, a coastal city about 300km east of Beijing by the end of this summer. The bus’s main body glides above the road surface at 60kph on a set of rails and straddles two vehicle lanes. Also called a land-air bus, it is being built by Beijing-based Transit Explore Bus. The bus will glide over vehicles that are less than 2m high. “The biggest advantage is that the bus will save lots of road space,” Song Youzhou, the project’s chief engineer China’s government-backed news agency Xinua. He said the articulated buses will carry up to 1,400 people and – importantly – would be constructed for only 20% of the cost of similar systems carrying that many passengers, in particular underground trains. One land-air bus could replace 40 conventional buses, he said.

Electric vehicle future for Singapore by 2050

The Chinese Government is encouraging vehicle customers to opt for EVs in a bid to help tackle air pollution in the major cities. The country’s auto manufacturers are also now amongst the global leaders in developing new EV models.

New predictions suggest that 30%-50% of vehicles on Singapore’s roads by 2050 will be electric. The predictions come from research carried out by Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Singapore is planning on increasing the number of electric vehicles on its roads in a bid to cut urban pollution. The so-called electro-mobility road map has been revealed by the National Research Foundation and the National Climate Change Secretariat. Singapore suffers from pollution caused by vehicle emissions, so the long term plan is to address the issue by increasing the number of electric vehicles in use. However at present, there are only around 120 electric vehicles in use in Singapore. The plan calls for taxis and buses to use battery power as the cost of the battery packs begin to reduce in coming years.

It’s a bird? It’s a plane? No, it’s a…..bus! VIDEO

Melbourne mulls elevated bicycle lanes in business district

It’s not a new idea, the straddle bus. It dates back to the 1960's.

Elevated bike lanes through Melbourne's CBD would improve city access for everyone, a major cycling advocacy group says.

But if a prototype bus in a pilot project in China is successful, highway engineers working on urban roads may have to throw out their design

The US$72 million “cycle highways” scheme is one of 200 ideas put forward by Infrastructure Victoria,


a Victoria state agency, to improve public transportation in the next 30 years. The agency estimates that more than 81,000 bike trips are recorded in Melbourne each weekday, according to a report by ABC News. "I do think we need to encourage this sort of bicycle network infrastructure," said Infrastructure Victoria's chief executive Michel Masson. Similar cycle paths are in place around the world, including the Cykelslangen, or the Cycle Snake, in Copenhagen. London now has a so-called bike superhighway linking the city's east and west with traffic-free segregated tracks. Bicycle Network chief executive Craig Richards welcomed the idea for Melbourne. "Infrastructure Victoria is thinking big, and realises that the benefits of bikes comes from major, co-ordinated and sustained investment rather than the piecemeal approach that has prevailed to date," he said. Route 66 becoming green with charging stations, solar panels Route 66, a highway made famous for attracting gas-guzzling Chevrolet Bel Airs traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles, is turning green.

Route 66-area motel owners also are getting in on the action. Bella Roma Bed & Breakfast innkeeper Laura Ferrary says she installed a Tesla supercharger at her Albuquerque spot because she anticipates more environmentally conscience travellers in the future. Upcoming Events RIAA/NZRF Conference and Exhibition 6-8 September 2016 Gold Coast Turf Club www.riaa.com.au 2016 NZTA/NZIHT 17th Annual Conference The Dunedin Centre 30th October - 1 November 2016 www.nziht.co.nz

The NZRF has a number of Technical Guides and documents on its website. These include: Rumble Strip Resources: The NZRF has assembled information about rumble strips in one place and provided links to various research reports, Specifications and Guides NZRF Materials Guide: The NZ Roadmarkers Federation has collated this materials guide. It brings together technical information about the range of marking materials, and associated products that are used by the pavement marking industry Line Removal Guide is referenced in NZTA specifications

The Mother Road is seeing a growing number of electric car charging stations along the 2,500-mile path, and some states even are pushing for solar panels and electric buses. Illinois is installing a network of electric vehicle charging station from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River. And earlier this year, Missouri's highway department announced it was eying a project to cover a portion of its Route 66 with road-ready solar panels.

Accessible Parking Guide: This Guide has been developed in consultation with CCS Disability Action, it sets out the requirements of the Traffic Control Devices Rule, Building Code, NZS 4121 and AS 2890 NZRF Contract Development Checklist: This document describes the items relating to roadmarking that should be addressed during the preparation of Method Based Pavement Marking Contract Documents NZRF Contract Management Site Review Checklist: The purpose of this checklist is to provide a basis for assessment during site reviews


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