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July 2018

Welcome to the  SASTA newsbytes for July and apologies that it's a little later than usual (school holidays!). There are lots of great Quicklinks in this month's edition as well as updates on campaigns from around the country, in particular the fantastic work being done in the East Waikato, upcoming events and other information relevant to our members. 

New cycling education video

Christchurch City Council has a new video which explains how to do a hook turn as a safer way and less stressful way to turn right at intersections.

Making a right turn at a busy intersection can be quite daunting if you’re on a bike. By doing a hook turn a cyclist can stay on the left side of the road at all times so they don’t need to cross lanes of moving traffic to turn right.
As Christchurch’s major cycleways network develops, people will notice more intersections where there are hook turn markings on the road. It is important that all road users understand what the markings mean and keep an eye out for each other.
People on bikes can do hook turns at most intersections, even if there are no painted hook turn boxes.

Check out what's happening in the East Waikato

Ingrid Le Fevre has kindly shared with us some of the fantastic work she has been doing, for more details please contact her at Thames-Coromandel District Council .

Driver Refresher - Older drivers   

Targeting the 60+ age group across East Waikato, running under the Age Concern banner targeting our more experienced road users.  We have used  the same programme from Tauranga City Council and we are also running in Hamilton and Otorohanga, gaining good consistency.   We also offer a one on one driving assessment with an instructor, helping to keep our drivers confident with their driving skills, finding the best way to destinations and keeping the community safe.

Stay Alive on 25 - Speed (rest stop flyer)

SH25 winds its way through the Thames-Coromandel and Hauraki region.  270km of fully sealed road and approximately 983 curves makes this road a popular choice for motorcycle riders - 40-50 riders per day enjoy the curves.  It's also the gateway to the Coromandel that can have over 500,000 people visit each year, in 2016 1.4 million people drove on SH25A, the road only opened in 1967 making it a very busy road.

Be prepared - Rural roads

- poster, postcards, kids colouring in hazard identification with pencils and bar mat.  Bar mats given to 7 satellite rural bars who don't have shuttles or taxi's.  All bars wanted to continue to support with staff wearing Be prepared t-shirts.  NZ Police School Community Officers also deliver an interactive hazard identification lesson covering rural and city.

Share the Road data presentation

NZTA have undertaken some research on attitudes towards cycling. A link to the presentation can be found below. 
Share the Road

NZTA reference group for the National Speed Limit Register

The NZ Transport Agency is currently developing a National Speed Limit Register (NSLR) and is looking to form a reference group of RCAs to work with during implementation of the register, and would be grateful for your assistance.
The NSLR will provide a modern, technology-enabled, central source of fixed speed limits for all legal roads in New Zealand, and will make it easier for RCAs to update and share their speed limit data.
The aim is to have all speed information on the register by 2020, but in the interim, NZTA would like to work with a small number of representative RCAs to act as early adopters and trial speed register conversion and subsequent use of the register to manage their speed limit records. 

NZTA will provide funding assistance to these RCAs in capturing, converting and inputting their data and will provide necessary training and support. These activities are planned for May to October 2019. 
The reference group is a great opportunity for RCAs to be engaged early with this exciting project.
We would be grateful for Trafinz’s help in identifying RCAs suitable for the reference group; we are after RCAs that:
  • Are willing to work with the NZ Transport Agency
  • Have capacity over May to October 2019
  •  Are representative of diverse RCAs (rural vs urban, currently have manual processes vs highly automated processes)
  • Will make a commitment to ongoing use of the register as the primary repository and source of truth for their speed records
 Please note, NZTA may need to shortlist the suggested RCAs to find an appropriate representative group.
Please could you come back to Gemma Brooks Senior Advisor, Partnership programmes and campaigns with recommendations by the end of July and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

“Catastrophe! Why we should care about the possibility of rare but catastrophic transport incidents”.

Chris Ballantyne (New Zealand Transport Agency) and Kevin Oldham (Navigatus Consulting) presented “Catastrophe! Why we should care about the possibility of rare but catastrophic transport incidents”.
This presentation discussed how the tolerance levels for these various types of risks can differ and how the regulatory system has, and hasn’t, responded. It also described a method that has been successfully applied to the New Zealand rail system to tackle the challenge of prioritising these vastly different, and often poorly understood, risks and explore how it could be applied to other transport systems.
Presentation can be found here

Professional Development

The Trafinz conference is in Wellington this year from 12th to the 14th of November. Registrations open in August. Click on the logo below to go to the website.
Reasons to attend? We will hold our AGM at the Trafinz conference this year, the Cedric Rogers award will be presented at the dinner and there is an opportunity for one of our members to have their registration fee paid for (transport and accommodation costs additional). More information to come.

Executive Meetings

The Executive has monthly teleconferences and meets once a year for a face to face meeting in Wellington. Our face-to-face meeting was on February on the 21st and 22nd. Minutes from our previous meetings can be found by logging on our website.


SASTA Newsletter

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