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.
We are supported by Living Streets Aotearoa and advocate for better and safer walking infrastructure and policies and for the needs of those using the pedestrian facilities of the city.
Living Streets Waitakere supports the submission on Safer Journeys made by Living Streets Aotearoa.
We would welcome the opportunity to engage in any further discussion of the road safety strategy to 2020. Our contact details appear at the end of this document.
We support the vision of a safe road system for all road users. However we would like to see this vision underpinned by a road user hierarchy which places pedestrians and the mobility impaired at the top. This would ensure that all road safety initiatives give maximum benefit to vulnerable road users.
We believe that safer speeds are an area of utmost concern. We support initiatives which reduce permitted and average speedsand believe that Road controlling authorities should have more scope to reduce speed limits to 40km/h on arterial roads where the business / community mix would attract pedestrians, and to 30km/h in town centres.
Safer Walking and Cycling
We strongly believe that there is absolutely no reason why Safer Walking & Cycling should be included in the medium concern category. Considering that in urban areas 30% of all road deaths are of pedestrians and cyclists the saftey of these vulnerable road users must be of the highest priority
We support a revision of the road code and driver testing so that drivers are more aware of pedestrians’ and cyclists’ safety needs and rights. This must include a strong emphasis on rules relating to marked pedestrian crossings, signalised crossings, turning traffic and vehicles crossing footpaths to enter private driveways.
We support lower speed limits around schools, as outlined above, and greater use of lower speed limits in town centres, mixed use arterial roads, and on high risk rural roads. The safety of pedestrians who must use rural roads without footpath provision to access schools and other community facilities should be an important consideration when reviewing rural road speeds.
Safer Roads and Roadsides
We strongly agree that safer roads and roadsides are an area of high concern.
We support a targeted programme of treatments for high risk urban intersections. These treatments must prioritise the safety of pedestrians, in particular, the vision and mobility impaired, and cyclists. In particular roundabout treatments must accommodate safe crossing points for the vision and mobility impaired,
Addressing Driver Distraction
In an increasingly gadget orientated world we strongly advocate that driver distraction should be an area of high concern. Following on from the soon to be introduced ban on handheld mobile phone use the use of hands-free phones should also be banned.
More education is needed to raise awareness of other in car distractions. Fatigue is also a factor which needs to be addressed.
We advocate for a greater emphasis on the drivers responsibilities in using a motor vehicle and recommend a social marketing campaign to promote a culture change to consider others by all road users.
1. Increase the adoption of lower speed limits in urban areas;
2. Change the give-way rules for turning traffic and pedestrians;
3. Develop and support new approaches to safety on urban mixed-use arterials;
4. Improve techniques to integrate safety into land-use planning;
5. Support the roll-out of strongly-enforced variable speed limits around schools and address the issue of rural bus school bus safety;
6. Raise the driving age to 17;
7. Introduce compulsory third-party insurance;
8. Add specific walking and cycling questions to driver licensing testing so drivers are more aware of pedestrians' and cyclists' safety needs;
9. Reduce the legal adult blood alcohol limit to 50 mg per 100 ml (BAC 0.05);
10. Support a zero BAC for repeat offenders and move towards mandatory alcohol interlocks for drink-drive offenders
Our top priorities are:
- Safer Speeds
- Safer Roads and Roadsides
- Safer Walking and cycling
- Addressing Distraction
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