Integrating transport research, student learning and the needs of government agencies: the cycling and pedestrians surveys (CAPS) project
How does one obtain 'win-win' solutions via collaborations between transport agencies and universities? This paper reports on a successful project that integrated teaching and learning in planning education at two Queensland universities, research on bicycle travel behaviour, and the needs of state and local governments and public transport authorities. A collaboration of Queensland academics and state and local government transport planners developed the Cycling and Pedestrian Surveys (CAPS) project, drawing on the 'simulated consulting' exercises previously advanced in Australia by Rose (2000, 2006). The project was rolled out on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane in 2009. Students partook in a series of exercises designing and implementing bicycle and pedestrian surveys and then analysing data captured in the field. Transport agency personnel acted as real-world clients seeking meaningful end-products. Fieldwork surveys were conducted at sites on the bicycle network, at train stations and one ferry terminal. Students obtained learning outcomes in understanding key transport concepts, gaining knowledge of travel behaviour research methods, and in statistical skill development - competencies that agencies are seeking in transport graduates (Handy et al. 2002). The data collected was analysed and reported to government and has actually been used in planning, including helping determine the route of a major bicycle investment in Brisbane. The paper explores how this successful collaboration came into being, the limitations of the approach, and ways forward for academics and transport agency personnel looking to advance similar research/teaching collaborations.
GAMUT International Conference: Sustainable Transport in the Asia-Indo-Pacific: Varied Contexts - Common Aims
Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified