Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Travel Survey Vital for Future Planning

Travel Survey Vital for Future Planning

Dunedin (Friday, 9 May 2014) – Some Dunedin households will be surveyed about their travel patterns as part of key planning for future travel demand.

The Dunedin City Council will work with a survey team led by PlanTrans over the next eight months to gather information about how Dunedin residents choose to travel to and from home, work, schools and shopping centres.

DCC Transportation Group Manager Gene Ollerenshaw says, “The results will help the DCC plan for future travel demand, understand where congestion problems may occur and continue to make it easier for people to get about in different ways.”

DCC Infrastructure Services Committee Chair Cr Kate Wilson says, “I strongly encourage residents to take part in this survey, which will provide information vital for us to plan properly for the future needs of residents and visitors. The timing is particularly pertinent as issues such as cycleways, walkways and the delivery of bus services are being discussed widely in the community.”

The survey starts next week and goes through to late September. As part of the survey, 325 households will be randomly selected from Dunedin’s urban area and the townships of Mosgiel, Outram, Allanton, Waitati, Port Chalmers and Portobello, and invited to take part.

Mr Ollerenshaw says each of the selected households will receive a letter and then a follow-up phone call from Ipsos, a member of the PlanTrans team. If they agree to take part, the survey questions will be sent out.

Each household will answer a few questions about themselves and their vehicles. Each person in the household aged 10 years and older will then be asked to carry a personal passive Global Positioning System (GPS) device for seven days, to record each person’s travel. The GPS is the same size as a mobile phone and weighs only 50 grams.

Cr Wilson says, “This is an exciting opportunity for selected Dunedin households to be involved, using simple and convenient technology just like we use every day.”

Mr Ollerenshaw says undertaking a Household Travel Survey is an essential step in updating the DCC’s Transportation Model. A detailed survey like this has not been carried out since 1989. All information collected will be kept confidential and only used for statistical purposes.

NZ Transport Agency Regional Manager Planning & Investment Southern Bruce Richards says, “Dunedin residents are also our customers and are at the heart of our business. We want to shift people effectively as well and to do this we have to understand what they need from the transport network. This survey will provide that essential information so the DCC and ourselves can be effective in meeting these needs.”

The cost of the survey is $149,000, with the NZ Transport Agency meeting two thirds of the cost and the DCC paying the rest.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Patience: Drive Safe

Be patient before passing is the AA's message for drivers this Labour weekend.

"People taking crazy risks to get past other vehicles is one of the most dangerous things on the road,” says AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen.

“The weather is looking good for the long weekend so the roads will be busy. Unfortunately, that also increases the chances of people getting frustrated and trying a risky passing manoeuvre. When they get past, there will probably be more traffic up ahead anyway so it won’t get people there faster.” More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news