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Myths About 30kmh Speed Limits

Some people question if 30km/h speed limits are actually urgent and necessary. However, low-speed streets are about much more than road safety. By building safer streets, governments and cities around the world are also creating more liveable cities, with benefits including lower crime levels, more physically...

Roadside Safety Messages Can Increase Crashes

Several U.S. states display year-to-date fatality statistics (number of deaths) on roadside dynamic message signs (DMSs). The hope is that these sobering messages will reduce traffic crashes. Contrary to policymakers’ expectations it was found that displaying fatality messages increases the number of crashes...

New Roundabouts - Substantial Crash Savings

Two new roundabouts designed by TES and commissioned by Auckland Transport have achieved substantial crash savings, post-construction. These recent examples demonstrate that replacing dangerous junctions with well designed roundabouts, aligned with Safe System principles, can achieve...

Parking Kills Business Not Bikes or Buses

Many business owners believe that a significant portion of their patronage arrives by car, and that removing on-street parking will force customers to shop elsewhere. However, studies around the globe show that shop owners consistently overestimate the number of shoppers that arrive by car...

NZ Crash Trend

The NZ DSI (death/serious injury) crash trend over the last five years (2017-2021) indicates an average crash reduction of 3% per year. This trend involves fluctuation, possibly caused by covid lockdowns (2020 – 2021). The crash trend for Auckland is similar, though the Auckland decline is more significant...

Public Transport Use Drops and Crashes Increase

In the US, trips taken on public transport are around half of what they were before the pandemic. This is partly due to working from home, reduced transport services, and alternative modes of transport (walking/cycling). Meanwhile, there has been a surge of car-related deaths, up 18% on the...

SUV Advertising & Road Safety

A high proportion of top-selling passenger vehicles in NZ are utes or SUVs, with the double-cab light truck becoming an urban vehicle. Also, marketing videos for SUV’s in NZ promote aggressive driving, such as skidding and jumping. However, light trucks on city streets are bad for several reasons...

Reseal = Protected Bike Lane

A massive transportation authority in Idaho is promising to build protected bike lanes whenever they resurface the most dangerous multi-lane roads in its region. Idaho’s ‘Ada County Highway District’ announced that it would no longer build paint-on-the-ground cycling “infrastructure” on arterial roads, prioritizing...

E-Rider Safety

A concerning number of e-scooter and e-bike users (E-riders) are involved in crashes and present themselves to Brisbane emergency departments. Almost 800 E-riders with device-related injuries attended hospitals in Brisbane over an 18 month period. Also, its expected that injury frequency will grow as E-riding...