Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Bus drivers and cyclists work together on road safety

Press Release – 16 January 2014

Bus drivers and cyclists work together on road safety

A group of Auckland drivers from NZ Bus will swap seats this month with volunteer cyclists in road user workshops designed to improve safety on our roads.

Continuing on from previous workshops in Auckland and Wellington, NZ Bus is working with The Cycling Advocates Network to ensure cyclists and drivers understand each other’s needs.

“NZ Bus views cycling as a vital element of a successful public transport network and strongly supports initiatives such as these to make cycling, buses and roads safer,” says Scott Thorne, NZ Bus General Manager, Strategy.

“The past workshops were extremely successful in building a rapport between the two distinct groups of road users. Our drivers are excited to continue improving road safety for all vehicles through these workshops. Some of the drivers hadn’t been on a bike for a number of years.”

Feedback from bus drivers who attended previous workshops said the sessions were useful as they saw the road from a different point of view. One of the attendees commented, “It gave me an opportunity to understand how cyclists feel, by putting myself in their shoes. The most important thing was safety – whether you drive a bike or bus – and respect.”

Cycle Action Auckland Chairwoman Barbara Cuthbert said one of the benefits of working with NZ Bus is the potential to reach a large audience of drivers.

“Auckland’s road network includes nearly 50km of combined bus and bike lanes. Many roads are congested at peak hours, with more bus services and numbers of cyclists. We know from experience that these bus-bike workshops provide practical, durable learning for bus drivers, and promote courteous driver behaviour. Cyclists similarly benefit from the programme. We applaud this renewed initiative to improve road safety across Auckland.”

Awareness and interaction with cyclists is an important part of NZ Bus’ health and safety training for its staff. “Our commitment was seen recently with the addition of telematics technology onto our buses at a cost of $3 million. This is making a real difference to the safety and comfort of our passengers, as well as fellow road users, by reducing harsh braking, acceleration and cornering,” says Mr Thorne.

Fast facts

• NZ Bus has over 1600 operators and 1000 buses and operates the Metrolink, LINK, North Star, Go West and Waka Pacific bus services in Auckland and Go Wellington and Valley Flyer bus services in Wellington.

• NZ Bus works with various stakeholders such as NZTA, Auckland Transport, regional councils and cycle advocacy groups to make New Zealand roads safer.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Gaza And Burning The Israeli Flag

One of the selling points in New Zealand’s campaign for a temporary seat on the Security Council is that we have a pluckily independent voice to offer on international conflicts.

This image is not entirely self-delusional. When we did occupy a temporary UN Security Council seat in the 1990s, New Zealand was forthright about the need for the international community to actively respond to the Rwanda genocide. On April 14, 1994, New Zealand, Nigeria and the Czech Republic were the only nations to call for a forceful UN intervention to halt the killings. It was a proud moment in the diplomatic record of the Bolger government.

What then, is the current National government doing with respect to the slaughter in Gaza? More>>

 

Parliament Today:

TAIC Report: Urgent Recommendations After Melling Rail Accident

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has made four urgent recommendations to KiwiRail following the accident two months ago (27 May) when a Matangi passenger train collided with a stop block at Melling Station, Lower Hutt. More>>

ALSO:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

EPA: Board Of Inquiry Rejects Basin Flyover By Majority Of 3 To 1

The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Non-Apology To Tania Billingsley

The refusal by Prime Minister John Key to issue a personal apology to Tania Billingsley has been accompanied by an array of excuses... Yesterday though, Key’s choice of words indicated that an apology was the last thing on his mind. More>>

ALSO:

Conventions: Winston Peters On The Nation

Winston Peters opens door to standing in East Coast Bays electorate, says it's an "exciting point" and he's thinking about it. "I’ve had a whole lot of people writing to me and calling up and saying ‘why don’t you have a go in East Coast Bays’." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news