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Vision Zero: A goal of no deaths or serious injuries on our transport network by 2050

Auckland is now a Vision Zero region - under the Tāmaki-Makaurau Road Safety Governance Group's new safety strategy, released today (Tuesday, 3 September 2019).

Under Vision Zero, there's a goal of no deaths or serious injuries on our transport network by 2050.

The success of this goal will be built on strong partnerships created under the Tāmaki-Makaurau Road Safety Governance Group, made up of Auckland Transport (AT), Police, NZ Transport Agency, Ministry of Transport, Auckland Council, Auckland Regional Public Health Service and Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC).

Vision Zero is a Swedish ethics-based approach that focuses on a core principle that human life and health can never be exchanged for other benefits within society.

As the custodian of our region's transport systems, Auckland Transport plays a vital role in shaping the future of our region. We will make this happen using an evidence-based approach and by refusing to trade off people’s safety for other benefits.

Imagine an Auckland where our children look forward to walking or cycling to their school, local dairy or sports practice. If that sounds familiar, it's because many of us grew up this way.

Research shows active children grow up to be healthier adults.1. 2. However, current research also shows that only 7% of five to-seven-year olds are getting the recommended level of moderate to vigorous exercise.3. The top reason for parents not allowing their children to actively commute to school is the fear of speeding cars. 4. 5.

Bryan Sherritt, AT's Executive General Manager for Safety, says other major cities around the world have successfully implemented the Vision Zero approach and have seen the immediate benefits.

"Auckland is joining other cities around the world to continue the trend and save lives. We agree with our government that too many people are dying on our roads, streets and footpaths; and we can’t sit by and do nothing."

"Vision Zero includes creating a more walkable and cyclable city where parents have the confidence to allow their children to run around local streets and be kids. Under Vision Zero, everyone can enjoy access to public transport, or other mobility options and know they’ll get home safe."

It’s an approach that has strong support from the Auckland Regional Public Health Service: "It's no longer acceptable to trade human life for mere convenience," says Dr Julia Peters, Clinical Director.

"As well as reducing injury rates, Vision Zero will make walking and biking attractive. That means more people being more active every day and that's good for every part of our bodies; and our minds too."

Police is also proud to be part of the road safety partnership. "Everyone who uses the road has a part to play: every driver, rider, and pedestrian," said Superintendent Naila Hassan, Waitemata District Commander.
"We're partnering with road controlling authorities, iwi, community groups, and schools to save lives and prevent harm on the road.

References:

  1. Dohle S, Wansink B. Fit in 50 years: participation in high school sports best predicts one’s physical activity after Age 70. BMC Public Health. 2013;13(1):1100.
  2. Boreham C, Riddoch C. The physical activity, fitness and health of children. J Sports Sci. 2001;19(12):915-29.
  3. Sport New Zealand, 2018, Active NZ 2017 Participation Report. Wellington: Sport New Zealand ISBN: 978-0-947502-73-7 Published in 2018 by Sport New Zealand. Download this report at sportnz.org.nz/ActiveNZ.
  4. Ikeda E, Hinckson E, Witten K, Smith M. Assessment of direct and indirect associations between children active school travel and environmental, household and child factors using structural equation modelling. International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity. 2019;16(1):32.
  5. Hinckson EA. Active commuting to school following implementation of the School Travel Plan programme in the Auckland region, New Zealand (2004-2009): A qualitative analysis. 2010. Published through annual reports to Auckland Regional Transport Authority.