A cycleway design course run by the University of New South Wales has been rescheduled to begin in May, after registrations did not reach the minimum number for the original start date in February.
The eight-week Active Transport: Cycleways Design course, the first of its kind in Australia, will now be held by the university’s new Australian Graduate School of Engineering (AGSE) from 4 May.
It has been created for people in local government and the private sector who want to enhance their understanding of cycleway design, the regulations controlling it and the needs of end users.
The course is facilitated by one of Australia’s leading authorities on active transport infrastructure, Dick van den Dool, a former manager of traffic and transport at the NRMA, and consultancies Aurecon and Jamieson Foley.
AGSE’s business development coordinator, Patricia Karwan, said course organisers had discovered January is a particularly difficult month to get potential students to enrol.
She said a longer enrolment period would also give local government employees longer to gain the necessary approvals from their councils to participate.
The course was held for the first time late 2022 and all 15 places were snapped up.
It is scheduled to be held twice in 2023 – in May and October – and registrations are now open for both instalments.
Active Transport: Cycleways Design is open to participants throughout Australia and is conducted largely online, apart from a two-day intensive midway through each course.
For seven of the eight weeks, participants attend a 90-minute online session each Thursday, from 5pm to 6.30pm.
On week four, they attend a two-day immersive on the Wednesday and Thursday at the UNSW campus in Kensington.
The intensive days will include group activities and site visits on provided e-bikes to help bring concepts to life.
Participants will work together to develop a cycleway design from a brief, requiring them to consider site constraints, inclusiveness, feasibility and community impacts, while incorporating elements such as intersections, traffic signals, and integration with existing streetscapes.
AGSE Plans for Larger Active Transport Program
AGSE director Stuart Khan said the graduate school has plans for a larger active transport program, including a number of shorter modules.
“At the moment, we’re just trying to demonstrate the market is out there and there’s enough people out there wanting to do this course,” Stuart said.
“These courses are not cheap to run and it takes time to convince local governments and consultants that this is the right qualifications for their staff to complete.
“We have drawn up a whole list of potential active transport courses that we want to get up and running but they’re not in the development stage just yet.”
They would run alongside other course streams being created by AGSE with a focus on sustainability, such as sustainable homes and water efficiency.