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Planning to improve road safety

Integrated planning for safer roads

Integrated planning is about connecting transport planning, urban development and land use to encourage coordination and make the best use of resources. Making safety a focus of integrated planning ensures that:

  • safety is addressed as land is developed

  • urban design incorporates safety

  • unnecessary travel is discouraged through appropriate land-use planning, urban design and travel planning

  • modes that are particularly unsafe together, for example pedestrians and heavy vehicles, are adequately separated

  • travel demand management initiatives are aligned with safety interventions

  • safety is incorporated into regional land transport strategies, plans and processes more effectively.

Road safety and local authority planning

Local and regional authorities are responsible for integrating road safety in their planning processes.

Regional responsibilities

Regional authorities must include road safety in regional land transport strategies and plans and programmes. All regional transport committees must include a dedicated road safety representative. Regional road safety activities include:

  • setting regional road safety targets

  • encouraging dynamic regional and local strategies that integrate safety into day-to-day transport management

  • describing tools regional government can use to help in achieving both national and regional road safety goals through their regional land transport programmes.

 Local responsibilities

Safety management systems

Local authorities are responsible for promoting the adoption of safety management systems by road controlling authorities. This ensures decisions about construction, maintenance and management of the road networks consider safety and help achieve targets and goals identified in national and local road safety strategies.

Find out more about safety management systems

Road safety action planning

Local authorities are also responsible for coordinating road safety planning. Road safety action planning is a world best practice process for planning and implementing safety interventions by road safety partners – local authorities, NZ Police, ACC, community representative and us. It uses a collaborative approach to ensure partners:

  • agree on risks
  • identify objectives
  • direct tasks
  • set targets
  • develop plans
  • monitor and review progress.

Local safety performance information reports underpin and inform this planning.

Neighbourhood accessibility planning

Neighbourhood accessibility planning involves collecting data and consulting with communities to identify safety and access issues (including perceived barriers) in spaces shared by pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.

The types of solutions developed depend on the issues, facilities and services in the area. However, expected actions would include:

  • improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists

  • improving the environment (including providing greater access) for pedestrians, cyclists and those accessing shared modes of transport

  • increasing the use of active and shared forms of transport in the area.

 Related links and resources

Other information and tools available to support road safety.

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