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                                      Project Brief




                                Austroads Project
                       Managed by Australian Bicycle Council




           Bus and Bicycle Interaction within the Road Network
                             Research Project




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Purpose
This project seeks to investigate the interaction between buses and bicycles within the road
network, and to develop design guidelines and design examples for effective layouts. The
project focuses on bus lanes and bus stops in locations where these are in close proximity to
bicycle facilities. Currently in most jurisdictions, bicycles are permitted to use bus and transit
lanes, unless there is a sign prohibiting bicycles. In Victoria, bicycles are not permitted in
special purpose bus lanes unless signed as permitted. The interaction of buses and bicycles at
these locations can cause safety concerns for cyclists and pedestrians and delay to buses.

This project will also investigate options for traffic design at relevant locations in order to
improve safety and traffic flow for both bicycles and buses on a national basis.

The project will provide a useful toolkit for practitioners of best practice resources, guidelines
and typical traffic designs to improve safety and interaction for buses and bicycles within the
road network.


Project Details
Background

The Australian Bicycle Council (ABC) is the national body that manages and coordinates the
implementation of Australia Cycling - The National Strategy, which is the Australian national
strategy to develop cycling as a mode of transport.         The Hon John Anderson MP,
Commonwealth Minister for Transport and Regional Services, launched Australia Cycling in
February 1999, following endorsement by the Australian Transport Council (ATC). The
ABC is also the Austroads Reference Group on cycling issues.

Australia Cycling has six strategic objectives covering improvements to cycling in the areas
of coordination, integration, facilities, safety, information and education.

The Australian Bicycle Council (ABC) is managing the project on behalf of Austroads.

Objectives

The objectives of this project are to:

   Identify key issues associated with bus and bicycle interaction

   Review current practice in Australia and overseas

   Investigate options for improving traffic design at relevant locations

   Develop traffic design concepts for the most suitable options


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   Evaluate bus and bicycle users, and bus operators acceptance of these options through
    suitable consultation processes

   Prepare a toolkit for practitioners of best practice resources, guidelines and typical traffic
    designs that will be placed on the ABC website

Scope and Tasks

The scope of this project will include a report covering the 3 project stages:

Stage 1 – Identification of Issues and Current Practice

   Identify key issues associated with bus and bicycle interaction within the road network
    that require further investigation. Some of these will be short listed by the steering
    committee for further investigation in stage 2.
   Detailed review of current practice and legislation for Australia, and also briefly for
    overseas
   Identify and document current guidelines and relevant documents, such as Austroads
    Guide to Traffic Engineering Practice Part 14, VicRoads draft Road Based Public
    Transport Guidelines, etc

Stage 2 - Research and Development of Traffic Design Concepts

   Investigate options for improving traffic design at relevant situations such as:
       o       bus and transit lanes
       o       bus stops including passenger loading/unloading, midblock and at
               intersections, footpath treatments and street furniture
       o       intersection conditions such as turning bus swings, etc
       o       various lane widths scenarios, including narrow lanes where bus and bike must
               share space, medium lane width where overtaking is possible, wider lane
               accommodating both bus and bike, and separate adjacent bus lane and bike
               lane.
       o       options for retrofitting existing roads
       o       options for new road development including busways and bus
               transitways
       o       others as short listed by the steering committee from stage 1

    Detail the most suitable options for traffic design issues listed above
    Briefly, identify other complimentary initiatives, such as behavioural programs for bus
     and bike users, and bus operators, where design options are limited because of minimum
     lane widths.
    Investigate bus and bicycle user, and bus operator acceptance of these options through
     suitable consultation processes.




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Stage 3 – Final Report and Tool Kit

   Report detailing objectives, scope and recommendations
   Development of toolkit of best practice resources, guidelines and new traffic designs that
    will be placed on the ABC’s website

This project will include:

   Undertaking literature review of state, national and international practice

   Liaising with state and national jurisdictions and organisations involved with buses and
    bicycles including bicycle user groups, bus and coach operators and peak bodies.

    A final presentation of the report to the ABC and Austroads representatives.

Deliverables
The Contractor is required to deliver the following outcomes:
1. Interim Working paper following stage 1

2. Interim Working paper following stage 2

3. A comprehensive report covering objectives and scope following stage 3

4. Tool kit of best practice resources, guidelines and new traffic designs. Elements of the
   toolkit should be of a form that could be easily placed on the ABC website.

5. A final presentation

The contractor is also required to have meetings (4) with the steering committee following
each stage. It is suggested that the 4 meeting comprise of 2 face to face and 2
teleconferences, but this may vary as the committee members come from different states.

Project Timeframe
The final date for submission of the proposals will be 3.00pm on Friday 26 September 2003.

The Contractor is to forward the draft of stage 3 deliverable to the Project Manager by April
2004 with the closing of the project by June 2004.




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Project Submission
Assessment of Proposals
It is policy to award contracts to organisations or consultants whose Tenders or Proposals are
assessed as offering the best value for money. In general terms, the successful proponent
must address the following selection criteria:
   Be an established company or joint venture;

   Demonstrate the capacity of the organisation, and its support personnel, to deliver a
    quality service;

   Demonstrate the ability to research on a national basis and develop a comprehensive
    report and presentation for the project;

   Outline their proposed approach, methodology and an indicative program of events
    (project stages and timing covering deliverables) to deliver the project;

   Be competitively priced;

   Have appropriate insurance coverage’s as set out in RTA Professional Service Contract
    (attached).

Each submission must separately, specifically and succinctly address each of the selection
criteria, and will be evaluated based on the information supplied.

Please also provide details of proposed Key Personnel including project manager and other
key personnel and their availability and Curriculum Vitae.

Relevant Experience
   Evidence of knowledge and experience in the bus, bicycle and traffic management
    planning and designing of bicycle and bus facilities.

   Evidence of experience in conducting research and developing a report leading to the
    development of a Toolkit to client specifications, and within the required time frame.

Proposal cost considerations
   Although Austroads has approved funding up to $50,000, the steering committee will consider
    value for money and competitively priced projects submissions.

   Cost should include all contingences and GST




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Other Details
The contractor will supply the Project Manager with the following outputs in the formats
listed below:
 Final Project report including comments on the results as per the project tasks listed above
     (this document supplied as 10 bound copies, electronic media in MSWord 97) and one
     unbound copy.
Project Management
   The Australian Bicycle Council (ABC) is managing the project on behalf of Austroads,
    and has appointed the following Project Manager:
       Project Manager: John Grinsell
       Roads and Traffic Authority
       Traffic and Transport Directorate
       PO Box K198
       HAYMARKET NSW 1238
       Phone:         02 9218 6817
       Fax:           02 9218 6738
       Email:         John_Grinsell@rta.nsw.gov.au

   The following steering committee has been appointed to oversee the project:
        Project Manager/NSW representative John Grinsell (RTA NSW)
        QLD representative                       Robyn Davies (QLD Transport)
        VIC representative                       Chris Adams (VicRoads)
        WA representative                        Jim Krynen (Department of Planning and
                                                  Infrastructure, WA)
        SA representative                        Peter Watts (Transport SA)
        Bike User representative                 Fiona Campbell (Bicycle Federation of
                                                  Australia)
        Bus User representative                  Wendy Adam (NSW State Transit
                                                  Authority)
        Austroads representative                 Craig D’Souza (Austroads Program
                                                  Assistant)

    The steering committee will oversee the project, particularly with the tender documents
     and selection of consultant. The state representatives will also be responsible for
     considering both bus and bike issues, and will be available to coordinate advice and
     provide relevant contact details.
    The ABC will also act as a reference group and will provide comments and information
     from states as requested by Project Manager and contractor.




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Lodgment of Proposals
Submission Details
Two (2) bound copies, plus a CD (in MSWord 97 that will be emailed to steering committee)
of the submission must be submitted in a sealed envelope.
Submissions should be directed to:
        Proposal for Bus And Bicycle Interaction within the Road Network
        Research Project
        Project Manager: John Grinsell
        Roads and Traffic Authority
        Traffic and Transport Directorate Level 2 Centennial Plaza
        260 Elizabeth St
        SURRY HILLS NSW 2010
        by 3.00pm on Friday 26 September 2003 at the above address.

General
Discussions with the Consultants
The Project Manager will, as appropriate engage in discussions or negotiations with any
contractor for the purpose of clarifying or improving its proposal. The Project Manager may,
in its absolute discretion, conduct simultaneous discussions to clarify or improve proposals
with more than one contractor.
Contract
The consultancy will be conducted under the RTA’s general terms and conditions governing
the Professional Services Agreement for Non-construction. A copy of the contract is
attached.
Costs Borne by Consultants
All costs and expenses incurred by proponents in any way associated with the development,
preparation and submission of proposals, including but not limited to attendance at meetings
discussions, etc and providing any additional information required by the Project Manager,
will be borne entirely and exclusively by the contractor.
Ownership
All contents and materials developed in this project belong to Austroads.

Disclaimer
Each Contractor must make and rely on its own investigations and satisfy itself in relation to
all aspects of the project. Austroads will not be liable for any incorrect or misleading
information or omission to disclose information.




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Further Information/Clarification
Any enquiries in relation to this request for proposal should be addressed to:

           Project Manager: John Grinsell
           Roads and Traffic Authority
           PO Box K198 Haymarket NSW 1238
           Phone:       02 9218 6817
           Fax:         02 9218 6738
           Email:       John_Grinsell@rta.nsw.gov.au




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