We are pleased to welcome on board Lily Hirsch who will be joining our team as a researcher. Lily is a human factors PhD graduate from the University of Queensland and has a background in rail transport and passenger behaviour.
Inspired by Dr Lance O'Sullivan (New Zealander of the Year 2014) Greer and Hamish pedal powered their way to the airport to catch a flight to Wellington for a day of data collection for the Evaluation of the National Cycling Programme. You'll be pleased to know there is bike parking at the domestic terminal!
Hamish, Greer and Alistair Woodward attended the Royal Road School Bike Track Launch. The students displayed their developing bike skills and the school thanked the community partners for their support. Royal Road is part of the Bikes in Schools Evaluation. Mackie Research will be engaging with the school over the next 3 years to capture the key outcomes.
Divera Twisk and Gert Jan Wijlhuizen from the Dutch National Institute for Road Safety (SWOV) visited New Zealand as part of the FRIENZ project. Whilst here they participated in "The Future of Cycling in New Zealand and Holland" a stakeholder seminar hosted by Mackie Research with support from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, The NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport.
Greer has had two abstracts accepted to present at the Auckland 2WalkandCycle conference in July. She will be presenting 'Understanding pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle interactions through video analysis' and 'A cycle skills training system for New Zealand'.
Mackie Research took part in the Auckland Transport Auckland Bike Challenge. We had 100% participation and finished 3rd overall in our category.
Everyone has returned to work fresh and ready to go. Our holidays included biking the Timber Trail, walking Lake Waikaramoana and cycling the Motu Trail.