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Take “a long short walk”

Written By: - Date published: 10:22 am, May 6th, 2013 - 12 comments
Categories: cycleway, public transport, sustainability - Tags: , ,

It’s UN Global Road Safety Week, and they are launching a cross border campaign tomorrow.

Requested by the UN General Assembly, the Week will draw attention to the urgent need to better protect pedestrians worldwide, generate action on the measures needed to do so, and contribute to achieving the goal of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 to save 5 million lives.

The Week will contribute to:

  • drawing attention to the need for pedestrian safety;
  • generating action on measures which work to increase pedestrian safety; and
  • achieving the goal of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 to save 5 million lives.

Voxy identifies some actions planned for the Week around NZ, with schools, supported by Brake NZ and NZ School Speeds, promoting the “Long Short Walk”.

The United Nations, calling for better protection of pedestrians, is suggesting that participants go for a “Long Short Walk”; here the organisers are calling it Streets for People, to include at risk cyclists, especially children.

NZ’s statistics are pretty sobering:

According to the Ministry of Transport, children under 15 between 2007 and 2011, accounted for 23 percent of pedestrians hospitalised as a result of motor vehicle crashes. The highest percentage was in the 15 to 24 age bracket, at 25 percent. This age group accounted for almost half our pedestrian injuries and deaths.

Furthermore the highest rate of injuries and deaths between 2007 and 2011 were between the hours of 2pm and 4pm involving those up to the age of 18 when children return home from school. Currently there are speed limits throughout the country applying to school zones ranging from 20km/h to 100km/h. There is no consistent safe speed, that shows drivers a safe speed when passing children who may well be at their most distracted.

This week in NZ, the Streets for People initiative is also highlighting the impact on cyclists of unsafe driving:

… the Ministry of Transport reports that children aged between 10 and 14 years old account for the highest number of cyclist hospitalisations – within the number of hospitalisations of cyclists involved in motor vehicle crashes by hours travelled between 2007 and 2011, based on the New Zealand Household Travel Survey, cyclists between the ages of 13 and 17 are at the highest risk group. And once again the time of day that children up to the age of 18 were killed or injured was between 8 and 10am and from 2pm to 6pm, so children travelling to and from school.

Here in New Zealand from 1997 to 2011 the death and injury rate to cyclists increased hugely. In Europe these numbers are going down. Most European countries apply a 30km/h speed limit in residential areas and outside schools, as recommended by the World Health Organisation. For that reason there are fewer fatalities both of children up to 14 years of age and of the elderly in Western Europe. Shouldn’t this be part of New Zealand’s “Drive Social” campaign, although it will take leadership.

Walking and cycling can be extremely enjoyable ways of getting healthy exercise, as well as being A cheap and environmentally-friendly means of getting from A to B.  It’s better for all in the long run, if these are made to be as safe as possible.  And it is especially important for the well-being of children, that we all develop and maintain safe driving practices. It is also important for those using walkways who are physically disabled, whether or not their disability is obvious to motorists.

However, it’s not just motorists that need to get on board with safer practices.  The people who design roads, walkways and cycleways, need to pay more attention to designs that promote safety.  The excellent Auckland Transport Blog has highlighted some of the non-pedestrian friendly design features around Auckland, as with this post by Mr Anderson.  Many of these features could be avoided with simple changes as for instance with this example in Mr Anderson’s post, which shows pedestrians are an afterthought:

Auckland Transport Blog - non-pedestrian friendly designs

Such careless disregard of pedestrians, can result in some people in a hurry, resorting to jaywalking.

DISCLAIMER: Each week I get to work by walking and driving.  Where possible, I use public transport.  When walking and using public transport, I feel much more connected to my local communities and environment than when driving.

12 comments on “Take “a long short walk” ”

  1. happynz 1

    Many Kiwis are, to be diplomatic, erratic drivers at best, careless aggressive psycopaths at worse. People back out of driveways without ever checking behind what may be there. Cars are often parked across footpaths forcing pedestrians to walk in the road. Stop signs are just vague suggestions. Sending and receiving SMS texts take precedence, never mind that it is done whilst barrelling down the road at 120kph. Hooning around is celebrated. Long live the larrikan is the Kiwi way!

    I’m now on the roads of Malaysia everyday where driving can be a challenge. It’s nearly as bad as good old New Zealand.

  2. Bill 2

    Get rid of SUVs, ban seat belts and have a mandatory, somewhat gnarly spike installed in the centre of every steering wheel to encourage safer driving habits.

    That, and lets stop allowing obviously moronic bureaucratic planners to lay out the design for cycle paths.

  3. ghostrider888 3

    peer-less.

  4. aerobubble 4

    If you live in a place where walking and cycling is possible, then invariable even your sleep is disturbed by the drone of cars which obviously are poorly maintained (and likely rigged to make a continuous racket). Police should be puling these cars over, sure you hear them coming but when your drowsy because you haven’t had a good night sleep what exactly is the point.

  5. vto 5

    I have never understood why cars are made of bone-crunching flesh-tearing metal when they could be made of soft bouncy rubber. Seems a no-brainer to me.

  6. fambo 6

    A large number of young children are run over by family members backing out of drives. I suspect this is often because they are driving big SUVs and 4WDs with poor visibility.

    Also, statistics show these types of cars with bull bars cause far more damage, injuries and deaths in accidents but of course, to the people they hit. The fact that bull bars are allowed, I think, reflects an attitude in New Zealand that freedom of choice to do as you please is valued more highly than the protection of more vulnerable citizens.

    • ghostrider888 6.1

      Yep

    • McFlock 6.2

      That driveway issue also involves kids being allowed to treat driveways as playgrounds, not places of heavy machinery.
      That, and the little buggers scoot anywhere in the blink of an eye if you don’t watch them like hawks.
      Actually, hawks blink – watch them like reptiles, maybe?

  7. McFlock 7

    I really have no idea whether it’s pedestrians, cyclists, car drivers, SUV drivers or truckies who have the higher proportion of sui/homicidally stupid dickheads.

    Half the time it’s not even road design or frustration – cyclists at night in dark clothing with ne’er so much as a reflector? Flocks of pedestrians running through highway traffic? Cars ignoring lights, signs, the give way rule, common courtesy, and the existence of the wee switch on their steering column that controls the yellow lights? The double trailer stock truck that entered the intersection when the lane ahead was already more than full up and then had the balls to toot his horn because it was someone else’s fault he was blocking the intersection when the lights changed? All in the last couple of days.

    I’m not a perfect road user by any means, but I’m not THAT imperfect 🙂
    Some days I just feel the country needs a collective kick in the nuts.

    • ghostrider888 7.1

      Flockie, objectively, it appears to be chaos out there, you know, we been trashing this “dairy” for a Kingsize block by now. 🙂

  8. unicus 8

    Planners should think carefully how best to manage mall and supermarket carparks .
    Loaded trolleys + distracted pedestrians+ wandering kids+reckless drivers= un-managed death trap.

    Of course private owners couldn’t possibly be asked to take responsibility for their customers safety –

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