Signature programme

Safe System Signature Programme

Signature projects have the potential to make demonstrable advances in reducing road trauma for all road users (riders, drivers and pedestrians) by implementing the Safe System approach within regions and communities (examples include addressing high-risk corridors, and communities and regions with proven treatments and innovative trials).

These signature projects will be well-resourced initiatives that demonstrate innovation, and give effect to Safe System principles and reduce road casualties. Not all of them will strengthen every element of the system but each project will aim to showcase the benefits of the overall Safe System approach. They will be advanced in partnership with a range of stakeholders.

As the purpose is to showcase best or emerging practice, develop understanding and demand for improved road safety from a wider audience, and reduce road trauma, project design will include evaluation and communication work streams.

The signature projects are in various stages of development and implementation.

Visiting Drivers Project

The purpose of this project is to improve road safety for, and of, visiting drivers, while maintaining New Zealand’s reputation as an attractive and safe tourist destination. The project is focused on Otago, Southland and the West Coast but many of the initiatives will benefit all visitors to New Zealand and other road users. Any successful local initiatives may be rolled out nationwide.

A range of organisations are working together to ensure all visitors have a safe and enjoyable holiday experience. They include central and local government, the private sector and others in New Zealand and overseas.

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High Risk Young Drivers

The aim of this project is to support ‘risky’ young drivers to enter and progress through the Graduated Driver Licensing System (GDLS), reducing the risk of crash and also reducing the high levels of offending resulting from unlicensed driving and driving in breach of licence conditions.

This project has three workstreams:

  • Community Marketing
  • Employment, and
  • Young Drivers.

The Community Marketing workstream aims to challenge the social norms about driving in breach of licencing conditions. Currently the project team is in contact negotiations with a provider.

The Employment workstream is working with a network of training providers to ensure driver training is in their core competency programmes.

The Young Drivers team are working with the new testing service provider to improve accessibility to the administrative component of obtaining a licence. They are also looking at some in-car training and coaching tools.

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Future Streets

The Future Streets project, based in Mangere, will demonstrate what New Zealand’s urban streets and connections will look and feel like in the future to optimise road safety and public health outcomes.

This project is a partnership between a research team, Auckland Transport, Auckland Council’s local Board, the Mangere community and NZ Transport Agency. The vision is that Mangere Central is safe and easy to travel around, especially by walking and cycling, and reflects local identity.

Technical assessments of the concept designs have been completed by various stakeholders and peer-reviewers and a process to include cultural dimensions in the designs is underway. Baseline road user behaviour and household survey data collection has also been completed. Detailed design and procurement will be complete by March with construction taking place in various stages with completion due by November 2015.

To find out more about this signature project visit the Future Streets website