Hamilton Business Case for Vision Zero

What we have in Hamilton is a “System failure from network characteristics, user behaviour and increasing demand resulting in deaths and serious injuries”

Continuing with the Business As Usual high priority of protecting existing levels of service for private car users has little chance of reducing the risk of deaths and serious injuries.

The targets for Hamilton’s transport programme includes no one being killed on the transport system. A change is clearly required. (p24) Access Hamilton Business Case

BAU risks the wasting of $15M – $20M per year by not reducing the number of humans killed and serious injuries by a third over 10 years period, Compared to the cost of $12m annually of possible travel delays, Saving live is good accounting. (p13-16)

In Hamilton city there are no roads with a speed limit of over 80km/h and all school have 40km/h safer speed signage. Yet the city is overrepresented compared to other peer groups for all crashes involving speed.

I’d agree the problem is ‘poor used behaviour’ and too many drivers are not responding to a balanced approach to safer speeds. Change needs leadership, speed limits are set by politician and internationally limiting speed is early and key tool used by the 900+ cities free of traffic deaths.

Opportunities come from The Hamilton Biking Plan which included four priority major projects to improve the walking and cycling network. Three are been underway or completed, leaving only the School link – providing a safe cycleway for almost 9,500 students in the Hukanui / Peachgrove road corridor, to be implemented. This link will connect 15 schools with the potential of repeating what we have at Rototuna Junior High school  where 60% the students are said to cycle to and from school.

For more on Access Hamilton here is link to Access Hamilton draft programme of works – page 29

Category: Economics, Safety

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