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Safer journeys for rural schools

Auckland Transport has worked with NZ Transport Agency to develop a Safer Journeys for Rural Schools Guide. The guide will improve road safety around rural schools.

What is it?

The Safer Journeys for Rural Schools Guide consists of two parts: a technical guide and a guide for schools.

The technical guide will provide a way for road-controlling authorities to systematically assess risk at, and around, rural schools. It builds on existing assessments and methodology work done by many road-controlling authorities.

The guide provides a comprehensive set of possible Safe System solutions for schools and road-controlling authorities to assess (and if necessary improve) road safety in rural school environments.

The methodology outlined in the guide will help the NZTA and other road-controlling authorities prioritise actions to reduce risk through standard planning and investment processes.

The second part is a user-friendly guide to help empower schools to engage with their road-controlling authorities on safety. This will enable parents, school staff and boards of trustees to improve road safety in their local community.

It contains a clear process that school communities can follow, guidance on how to communicate with relevant authorities, and a ‘toolbox’ of good practice solutions that may be used to address school road safety issues.

Options include speed-management, engineering changes on the roads and roadsides, parking and school bus stops and pick-ups, enforcement practices and the provision of information to the school community.

Rural school speed zone trials

Rural School

Auckland Transport is working in partnership with NZTA to implement rural school speed management trials. Traffic speed around schools is of concern to rural communities. The risk is greatest at times when pick-up and drop-off activities are combined with passing high-speed traffic.

The trials use a safe-system approach to reduce the risk of crashes associated with turning in and out of the school, or adjacent intersections. There are two trial types, using electronic and static signage.

60km/h variable speed limit zone - two-year trial

  • Electronic 60km/h enforceable speed limit sign, activated during peak school traffic hours.
  • Static 60km/h speed limit sign, enforceable at times specified on sign.
  • Participating Schools: Ararimu School, Dairy Flat School, Puni School.

Read more about the 60km/h variable speed zone trials (PDF 1MB).

40km/h advisory school speed zone - one-year trial

  • Static 40km/h advisory speed sign, advising motorists to slow when children are present.
  • Participating Schools: Glenbrook School, Halsey Drive School, Ramarama School.

Read more about the Glenbrook School 40km/h advisory speed zone trials (PDF 1MB).

All trials will have their effectiveness measured and may become permanent at the conclusion of the trial. Auckland Transport will conduct speed recording and video analysis before and during the trial. Feedback from the school and community will also be used to assess the trials’ success.

Download the initial report on the rural school speed management trial (PDF 4MB).