Roads will be safer for pedestrians when actions outlined in the Safer Journeys strategy are implemented.
“We applaud the move to change the give way rules for turning traffic”, says Peter Kortegast, President of Living Streets Aotearoa. “Drivers concentrating on oncoming traffic, and whether they have right of way to turn, often fail to see pedestrians crossing at intersections, with tragic results. Making intersections safer for all road users will cut the number of crashes.”
Transport Minister Steven Joyce has released a summary of the more than 1,500 submissions received as part of a wide-ranging review of road safety. The summary of submissions is available at www.saferjourneys.govt.nz
Submission from the WaitakereWaeWae Walking
on the Safer Journeys Discussion Document, August 2009
Submitted 2 October 2009
WWW.LSA shares Living Streets Aotearoa’s vision of
More people choosing to walk more often.
Living Streets Waitakere is working to make all areas of Waitakere City more walking-friendly and to create a place which is, and is perceived to be, a safe pedestrian environment which encourages walking for transport, health and leisure.
Consultation on Safer Journeys is now finished. Living Streets Aotearoa and several of our local groups made submissions. The Ministry of Transport should have the draft Safer Journeys 2020 document ready by the end of the year.
Safer Journeys (Road Safety Strategy to 2020) Submission
Living Streets Aotearoa (PN) believes that the issues of education and walking and cycling need to be raised to the highest priority group.
Living Streets Aotearoa is the New Zealand organisation for people on foot, promoting walking-friendly communities. We are a nationwide organisation with local branches and affiliates throughout New Zealand.
We want more people walking and enjoying public spaces be they young or old, fast or slow, whether walking, sitting, commuting, shopping, between appointments, or out on the streets for exercise, for leisure or for pleasure.