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October 2020

Kia ora koutou, 

Welcome to the SASTA newsbytes for October. A big welcome to all the new SASTA members! We hope you are able to check out our monthly update on campaigns from around the country, upcoming events and information relevant to our members. If you are wanting to share what you do in the next issue, please get in touch. 

Ngā mihi
Alastair Mayston and
Lorreen Hartley (Co-Chairs)


A special thank you

We'd like to say a special thank you to Anna Blomquist for her wonderful contribution to SASTA's Executive over the years. We wish her well in her new role at Wellington City Council as she steps down from the SASTA Executive. We appreciate your hard work and great ideas Anna and you will be sadly missed by us all! 

Join us for the SASTA AGM

Save the date and please join us for the SASTA AGM on Tuesday 10 November @ 10am via zoom. An email invitation will be sent to all members soon.

The Cedric Rogers Memorial Award is postponed

The Cedric Rogers Memorial Award is on hold this year and will be awarded at next year’s SASTA PD Workshop. This award is in memory of Cedric Rogers, former chairperson of the Road Safety Coordinators Association of Aotearoa (now SASTA) and recognises those who share his passion and leadership in road safety. 

Financial and Membership Update 

Just a reminder SASTA invoices have been sent out and subscriptions are now due. If you have any queries about your invoice, please contact:

Professional Development

Please check if your planned professional development courses are going ahead as some have been cancelled this year due to COVID-19.

New dates for 2 Walk 2 Cycle conference

Due to COVID-19 and uncertainty around future alert levels, the 2WALKandCYCLE 2020 Committee has made the difficult decision to postpone the conference. The Conference will now be held from 16 – 19 March 2021. The theme for the conference is ‘walking and cycling: everybody’s business'.
For more information 

Early bird registrations for Trafinz 2020

Trafinz invites you to register for the 2020 conference to be held from the 24 November in Auckland. Early bird rates are available until Friday 9 October. This year's theme is 'New journeys in Mobility for Aotearoa'  - a fitting theme considering the context of ‘Safe’ Urban Mobility has been completely re-defined in recent months. The world-wide Pandemic has sent all our systems – public health, transport, financial, regulatory etc – cascading into one another and changed our community life in surprising ways.

For more info and to register go to the Trafinz Conference website. 


Road to zero webinar available

In June, Waka Kotahi ran a webinar on Road to Zero 2020-30, New Zealand’s road safety strategy. If you didn't get a chance to see it, you can view it here on vimeo. There are also Q&As from the webinar available here which range from questions relating to speed management and cycle-ways to funding.

Guidelines for good practice in road safety

On 24 September, Waka Kotahi released the updated good practice road safety education guidelines. The guidelines set an industry standard, and are available on Waka Kotahi’s Education Portal
Please contact if you have any questions.

SASTA PD Workshop a success

In August, SASTA held their second two-day Professional Development workshop (6-7 August) in Wellington, fortunately just before another COVID-19 outbreak. Over 60 SASTA members travelled from around the country to attend, plus more were able to join in via a video conference link.

Guest speakers covered topics ranging from road safety strategy for Māori, evaluating on a budget and using data analysis for planning, to showcasing road safety campaigns from different regions.  It was an intensive two days with positive feedback from delegates: 

"Wow, that was a really successful two days that SASTA/NZTA ran, please pass on thanks from all of our team to all of your team.  It was a hugely valuable two days and was really well run.  There was a really good balance of topics & time to connect."

"Really appreciate all the hard work the exec team do on things like this, which they somehow fit around busy lives."
 - Kirsty Barr, Kairuruku, Travel Choice Coordinator, Greater Wellington Te Pane Matua Taiao.

Special thanks to Trish Rudolph and Marceli Davidson, Waka Kotahi’s Relationships Road Safety team, and Anna Blomquist, Transport Safety Education, WCC who were instrumental in making the event a great success.

Tauranga cyclists being bright

Travel Safe staff took to the streets of Tauranga in July to reward the many active commuters braving winter conditions to get to work under their own steam.
This annual Be Bright Be Safe Be Seen programme was delayed and amended due to COVID-19, but once it went ahead the enthusiasm of those they met up with didn't waver.
All those who stopped were offered the opportunity to go in the draw to win a $150 sports shop voucher and were rewarded for actively travelling with a choice of high visibility gear.
The Be Bright programme remains popular and appreciated by cyclists and walkers – with many appreciative comments about the recognition and rewards provided, and many familiar faces stopping for a chat. Most people didn't take any gear as they were already well equipped. 
The majority were regular active commuters, with a few walkers and recreational cyclists. It was rewarding to find only a few cyclists did not have lights for their bikes and generally they had other forms of high visibility. In total more than 80 cyclists stopped.
Forecasts of showers were generally not a deterrent for the habitual cyclists. Some said they would take another mode of travel such as a bus or get a ride “only when it rains”.  (Given that showers were forecast each day the pop-ups were held shows a differentiation between 'rain' and 'showers'.)
A small number of commuters switch between walking and cycling. Of those who stopped at our pitstops, even fewer drove a car regularly. E-bikes had increased in popularity but the majority of commuters were on standard bikes.
There were many positive stories. One commuter cyclist said his workplace, outside the CBD employed 16 staff and 6 cycled regularly if not daily. An e-bike commuter covered 64km on his daily commute – from Welcome Bay to Te Puna and return.
In conjunction with the pop-ups, Toi Te Ora Public Health, ACC and Ngati Kahu were offered prize packs to distribute to workplaces they are actively working with to increase active commuting.
Programme details:
- 4-6 pop-ups scheduled
- manned by 2-3 Travel Safe team staff / cycle instructor
- one hour only (4.30-5.30pm)
- budget $2200 (sustainable lights purchased - more than half remaining for other promotions)
- targeted key active commuter arterial routes
- utilised existing collateral
- promoted Be Bright in general - no dates/locations advertised

Driver licence workshops adapt

Auckland Transport's Community Transport team run theory-based driver licence workshops for youth aged 16-24. They educate them about being a safe road user and give them the knowledge and confidence to sit for their next licence stage.
Prior to COVID-19, the workshops were face to face interactions. However, due to lockdown they needed to adapt their programme to continue to meet the needs of this high risk group. An online workshop was promoted through targeted social media posts and community networks and delivered through Microsoft Teams.
Feedback they received about the online delivery was that it suited young drivers who couldn’t commit the time for a two-day face to face workshop, those without access to transport to attend and others who lacked confidence to attend in person but could join in from the comfort of their home.
Following these successes, the Community Transport team have incorporated online delivery into their regular programme alongside face to face workshops.
For more go to

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Executive Meetings

The Executive has monthly teleconferences on the last week of each month and meets at least once a year for a face-to-face meeting in Wellington. Our last meeting was on 16 September via zoom. More details will be available in the meeting minutes from your regional Executive member. Please get in touch with us if you have any issues that need to be raised.

Your Executive:

SASTA E-newsletters

Our E-newsletters will continue to be delivered monthly in this E-newsletter format. This makes it easier for us to provide links with online content and our new website. If you have a story to contribute, email:

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Joining SASTA

Do you have colleagues who would like to join SASTA, to be part  of our group, share information and support each other in our mission to make our roads safer?  Please contact your regional  representative for more information.
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