Integrated planning is about connecting transport planning, urban development and land use to encourage coordination and make the best use of resources. Making safety a focus of integrated planning ensures that:
safety is addressed as land is developed
urban design incorporates safety
unnecessary travel is discouraged through appropriate land-use planning, urban design and travel planning
modes that are particularly unsafe together, for example pedestrians and heavy vehicles, are adequately separated
travel demand management initiatives are aligned with safety interventions
safety is incorporated into regional land transport strategies, plans and processes more effectively.
Local and regional authorities are responsible for integrating road safety in their planning processes.
Regional authorities must include road safety in regional land transport strategies and plans and programmes. All regional transport committees must include a dedicated road safety representative. Regional road safety activities include:
setting regional road safety targets
encouraging dynamic regional and local strategies that integrate safety into day-to-day transport management
describing tools regional government can use to help in achieving both national and regional road safety goals through their regional land transport programmes.
Local authorities are responsible for promoting the adoption of safety management systems by road controlling authorities. This ensures decisions about construction, maintenance and management of the road networks consider safety and help achieve targets and goals identified in national and local road safety strategies.
Local authorities are also responsible for coordinating road safety planning. Road safety action planning is a world best practice process for planning and implementing safety interventions by road safety partners – local authorities, NZ Police, ACC, community representative and us. It uses a collaborative approach to ensure partners:
Local safety performance information reports underpin and inform this planning.
Neighbourhood accessibility planning involves collecting data and consulting with communities to identify safety and access issues (including perceived barriers) in spaces shared by pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.
The types of solutions developed depend on the issues, facilities and services in the area. However, expected actions would include:
improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists
improving the environment (including providing greater access) for pedestrians, cyclists and those accessing shared modes of transport
increasing the use of active and shared forms of transport in the area.