Safety

Walking research from NZTA

New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) commissions transport research in New Zeaaland. Walking is one of the areas researched. This is a list of the most relevant reports. The links will take you to the NZTA website where you will be able to read a summary and the full report.

Environmental impact


Detailed observations and validated modelling of the impact of traffic on the air quality of roadside communities
Report 516 (February2013)

 

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Media Release 30 March 2014 - Coroner blames Pedestrian for her death?

Living Streets Aotearoa is concerned that yet again a coroner’s inquest has laid the blame squarely at the foot of the dead woman. The inquest into the pedestrian death of Vanessa Green in Wellington has found no blame on the driver. It is very difficult to determine a cause of this crash or any other crash after the fact, and it is too easy to blame the victim.

 

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Media Release - Living Streets Aotearoa welcomes the final report of the Cycling Safety Panel

Media Release 18 December 2014

Living Streets Aotearoa welcomes the final report of the Cycling Safety Panel, with a Government commitment to fund $100 million of improvements for cyclists and a focus on safe speeds.

We are keen to see better cyclist facilities on-road to keep the footpaths safe for pedestrians. There were 41 pedestrian deaths on New Zealand roads to November this year and we look forward to the government urgently addressing the human toll of these shocking statistics.

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Daniel Sauter talk in Wellington November 2014 "The flaneur and the sojourner - their place in a liveable city"

A highlight of the Wellington 2014 walking year was this talk from international walk researcher Daniel Sauter.  Daniel spoke about the important 4 "I's" of walking - Inspiration, Identity, Infrastructure and Institutional arrangements. He noted the joy of walking and 'being' in a place, were as important in a liveable city as moving through spaces, and had some interesting research to show how we spend our time. He commented that he particularly enjoyed the debate during his presentation - thanks to those attending.

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Road Safety Week

 

Living Streets Aotearoa is excited to be part of Road Safety week. There are many distractions when using a road. Pedestrians, drivers and cyclists need to forget the ipod, cellphone and concentrate on the road. If we look out for each other we can ensure everyone gets to where they are going safely. I See You is better than I.C.U. Lets decrease the toll of trauma and death on our roads and make them Living Streets.

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Trial of 20K signs on school buses aims to save children’s lives

In a bid to get drivers to slow down, 30 school buses in mid-Canterbury have been fitted with illuminated flashing 20km/h signs - the legal speed limit when passing a stationary school bus.

 

The active signs were launched in Ashburton this week as part of a national trial that aims to get motorists to slow down when passing a school bus that’s stopped to let children on or off.

 

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Global Road Safety Partnership has new Pedestrian safety manual

Each year, more than 270 000 pedestrians lose their lives on the world’s roads. Many leave their homes as they would on any given day never to return. Globally, pedestrians constitute 22% of all road traffic fatalities...

Pedestrian safety: a road safety manual for decision-makers and practitioners (2013)

 

 

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NZTA trial aims for safer speeds around rural schools

The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) will begin a trial of variable speed limits outside rural schools in June as part of the agency's ongoing effort to reduce serious crashes and improve safety on rural New Zealand roads.

The NZTA media release (18 May 2012) says five schools in the North Island will initially take part in the trial, with the first step being the introduction of a permanent 80 km/h speed limit at four of the trial schools (with a 100 km/h speed limt remaining at the fifth school).

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