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Travel surveys on state highways next week

The surveys will conducted on a number of highways, including SH2. File photo/Daniel Hines/SunLive.

Roadside travel surveys will be carried out on key state highway corridors around the Western Bay of Plenty next week.

On Tuesday, March 16, the roadside surveys, key to updating the traffic model used for transport projects across the sub-region, will be undertaken at five locations to canvas people travelling into Tauranga:

-SH33, Paengaroa

-SH2, Pongakawa, Pongakawa Service Centre

-SH36, The Lakes, Takitimu Drive near SH36/Kennedy Road roundabout

-SH29, Tauriko

-SH2, Te Puna, near Clarke Road

“Roadside surveys give us information we can’t get elsewhere, like people’s reasons for travelling and number of people in the vehicle,” says Brendan Bisley, Director of Transport, Tauranga City Council.

Vehicles selected randomly for the survey will be directed to a safe area on the roadside. The survey is designed to take around a minute.

Drivers will be asked a series of short questions about their journey, destination, and number of occupants.

Traffic management will be set up at each site, with temporary speed limits in place.

“The survey is voluntary, anonymous and critical to updating the existing transport model which is used to predict current and future travel demands in Tauranga and the Western Bay.

“It is a tried and tested survey method to understand people’s travel behaviour,” says Brendan.

Minor delays are expected on the days the surveys are carried out. If queues do develop, fewer people will be surveyed.

The survey is being undertaken on behalf of Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

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does it matter why we are travelling?

Posted on 12-03-2021 20:54 | By Cynical Me

does the why matter? What matters is the time and destination. They can do all that from google maps. They ruin 24 hours a day. Google has that info which will be much more accurate and I’m sure some smart people have already established a way of making that useful. It won’t tell you how many in a car but that doesn’t need a stoppage. I’ll bet they are not out there at 5,30 AM, nor at 10.30.pm asking.

Voluntary

Posted on 12-03-2021 12:49 | By Kancho

So can drive on with a no thank you. So people who stop slant the survey as they have time to sit and chat or make up stuff, retired people, shoppers etc not so much workers , people with appointments to keep etc. As to numbers of cars and number of occupants could be done no problems without impeding anyone or being nosey about the journey freely made by a free person