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Unlocking Transport Innovation: A Sociotechnical Perspective of the Logics of Transport Planning Decision-Making within the Trial of a New Type of Pedestrian Crossing
This paper reports on research that utilises an in-depth case study and key informant interviews to assess the difficulties encountered during an innovative transport planning project in Auckland, New Zealand. Analysing the architecture of decision-making, the research illustrates how existing sociotechnical solutions within the transport planning assemblage can support ‘institutional obduracy’ through the everyday work practices of transport engineers. A network of ‘tools of trade’, regulatory provisions, organisational values and processes and professional norms are found to shape the decisions they make. The paper also examines the interface between central-local government roles and responsibilities in determining the approval or rejection of non-standard street treatments/devices.