Making urban cycling a safer and more attractive transport choice is now a NZ Transport Agency strategic priority.
Currently, road trauma for cycling is lower than other modes; however, unless a safer system for cyclists is developed, including more effective cycling education, an increase in road trauma is likely with increased investment and promotion.
The research first identified key cycle safety interventions through the development and application of a cycling safety system model. The development of this model, a first for New Zealand, was informed by contemporary models of crash causation, which examined distal and proximal crash causation factors. Key findings were the need for a strong mandate and strategic direction for cycling, and improved systems to provide for cyclists in road design.
Second, the report provides guidance on how best to prepare New Zealanders for utility cycling, drawing on key literature and engagement with stakeholders and end users. The need for consistent and comprehensive approaches, involving a variety of initiatives and touch points over the course of people’s lives, were indicated.
Together, these two distinctly different, yet complementary, pieces of work provide actionable recommendations that can improve safety for cyclists and facilitate increased cycling uptake.
Keywords: competency, crash causation, cycling participation, cycling safety, cycle skills training, systems thinking