AA safety improvements

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This post highlights the potential safety benefits and costs of the type of work being undertaken through Hamilton’s safety access improvement programme

It addresses three main issues with reference to specific guidelines and reports, as follows:

1. How different road treatments can improve safety, with information from NZAA’s reciprocal club in Victoria

2. Costings used by Auckland local council boards for small transport projects.

3. Typical crash reductions, from the NZTA Pedestrian Guide


The following information is to help advocate for safer streets, knowing the estimated costs and potential benefits.


1. From RACV (Royal Automobile Club of Victoria) report – Prevention is better than cure

Prevention is better than cure

2. Thanks to the Auckland transport blog’s post on the cost of small transport projects we have budgets for these types of safety improvements. This is put together to help local boards to prioritise their access improvements.





3. We can also see measures for pedestrian crash reductions in the  NZTA pedestrian planning guide

Chapter 6 – Pedestrian network components as reproduced below. These two tables give support to the RACV’s potential crash reduction table provided at the beginning of this post.

Pedestrian planning and design guide. chapter 6 pedestrian netwo

Pedestrian planning and design guide. chapter 6 pedestrian netwo

With these two tables from Chapter 6 – Pedestrian network components there are also notes that further explain the advantages, disadvantages and recommendations. Well worth a read.


Footnote: inferences regarding vehicles per hour – a rule of thumb from the post number-of-cars-per-lane is that peak hour traffic volumes are approximately 10% of the total number of vehicles per day

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