CAN groups and members are looking for CAN guidance on making a submission.
What are the most important initiatives? CAN staff had a go and want your input.
let us have your thoughts by 4pm Friday 25 September as we wish to
post this to CAN Forum and local groups to encourage submissions.
Submissions close Friday 2 October so we want to give people a week to consider their submission.
The Safer Journeys submissions are due: 5pm Friday 2 October.
One newbie (who has read a few strategies) said the Safer Journeys Document was one of the easiest she had read. It is fairly readable.
3 ways to make your voice heard
1. Write a submission [medium in terms of time and effort, satisfying!]
Attached is CAN's draft submission, highlighting areas of concern for walking and cycling.
It is a matter of choosing your top 10-20 initiatives and backing your choices by looking at the rationale/background info. in the Discussion document, selecting a few key supporting facts to support your choice. Fairly easy as submissions go.
The Discussion Document breaks up the proposed initiatives into
Areas of High Concern (Alcohol, Drugs, Young Drivers, Speed, Roads & Roadsides, & Motorcycling);
Areas of Medium Concern (Light Vehicles, Walking and Cycling, Heavy Vehicles, Fatigue, Restraints); and
Areas for continued focus and emerging issues (Older Road Users, Raising Awareness and Advertising)
consider Walking and Cycling needs to be moved to the Areas
of High Concern.
Many of the initiatives listed under the "Areas of High Concern" initiatives are probably the most important for improving safety for Walking and Cycling. Although those under the heading "Walking and Cycling" are also helpful.
2. Rate your top 10-20 initiatives using an on line form [easy]
When prioritising think winnable and greatest gain for greatest number, e.g. urban initiatives are perhaps more important as the greatest number of walking and cycling occurs in urban areas.
The online form allows 20 choices (MoT proposes 59 possible initiatives). The voting system also allows one new initiative that you can propose.
We think a few key walking and cycling initiatives are missing (see asterixed below)
It's hard to decide the priority order within your 20 choices so perhaps choose your top 10 and approximate what order you think is most significant, then add your next 10 most important. Alternatively try rating the 59 initiatives as High, Medium, & Low. Then start with your High, add Medium until you max out your limit. P.S. Don't forget the initiatives CAN thinks should be considered and were not included in the 59 MOT listed initatives (see those with an asterix below).
MoT is clear there is not enough funding for implementing all 59 initiatives so is considering (based on public feedback) which to prioritise.
Below is our suggested list of highest priority initiatives for walking and cycling.
Of the Safer Journeys Discussion Document proposed Initiatives
(plus a few we think MOT missed) the top 20 high priority
in approximate order of priority for pedestrians/cyclists are...
Change the legal onus of blame for road crashes to the motorist rather than pedestrians or cyclists.*
Reduce the legal adult blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 50mg per 100ml (BAC 0.05).
Introduce a zero blood alcohol limit for certain drivers (drivers under 20 years old, adults without a full licence, commercial drivers (Safer Journerys Discussion Document), [and recidivists drink driver offenders]*
Raise the driving age to 17 and extend the learner licence period to 12 months.
Increase the adoption of lower speed limits in urban areas.
Change the give way rules for turning traffic and pedestrians.
Support a targeted programme for high-risk urban intersections.
Review speed limits on mixed-use arterials.
- Create more speed zones (80km/hr, 90km/hr) on high risk rural roads.
- Have stronger promotion of road user education, including targeted messages and more national promotions, such as “share the road”.
Add specific walking and cycling questions into driver licence testing so drivers are more aware of pedestrians' and cyclists' safety needs.
Strengthen the effectiveness of enforcement by: increasing the number of road safety cameras; changing the penalty system to deter speeding (higher demerit points and lower fines).
treatments to make high risk roads more self-explaining.
14. Improve techniques to integrate safety into land use planning.
15. Carry out crash reduction studies and make these more targeted.
16. Implement targeted programmes to address run-off road, head-on and overtaking crashes on high volume, high-risk rural roads.
17. Increase cyclists skills training in schools (Safer Journerys Discussion Document), [and for adults]*
party insurance. *
19. Change the tolerance for motor vehicle speed limit enforcement from 10km/h to a maximum of ten per cent of the posted speed limit.*
20. Develop and support new approaches to safety on mixed-use arterials.
*This is not currently one of the suggested initiatives in the Safer Journeys Discussion Document (rationale for these follows in this submission)
3. Comment on the MoT's on-line Discussion Forum [easy]
NB: Your opinion may influence others considering making a written submission. However, the Ministry of Transport is clear that comments on the Discussion Forum will not be considered in the decision making process for shaping the final Road Safety Document.