Beca has proudly supported Brake, the road safety charity, on New Zealand’s Road Safety Week, to help raise awareness of road safety and all that’s needed to prevent road deaths and serious injuries.This year’s Road Safety Week 2021, recognised in New Zealand, Australia and around the world, coincides with the UN Global Road Safety Week from 17-23 May, and has a key focus on safe and appropriate speeds on our roads, and a theme of ‘Streets for Life’.
Over the course of the week local and global communities have rallied behind Streets for Life, going yellow, and getting together to show support for making our roads safer. Particular emphasis was on a 30km/hr speed limit on streets and roads where people and traffic mix, and how this makes a significant impact in reducing harm from speed-related crashes.
As part of Road Safety Week in New Zealand, we proudly sponsored a Brake-organised launch event on 17 May. Special guests and presenters included headline sponsor Waka Kotahi, emergency services, ACC, renowned road safety consultant Eric Howard, Road Safety Education, Vector Lights, Yellow Ribbon Alliance members, NGOs and other road safety professionals.
In what was a spectacular backdrop to the event, the Auckland Harbour Bridge was lit up yellow for the week to represent the Yellow Ribbon Road Safety Alliance - a group of organisations committed to raising awareness of road trauma. Other iconic structures were also lit up around the country, including the Anzac Parade Bridge in Hamilton, the #Love Taupo sign, the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington and the Oamaru Opera House.
Our virtual reality (VR) driving simulator was another event highlight, with attendees able to immerse themselves in experiencing the driver perception and design considerations that go into developing real-life road and rail safety projects, that could otherwise be missed when doing 2D design.
“Working together to deliver safer journeys for all transport users, and to reduce the devastating impact to our communities from deaths and serious injuries on our roads is incredibly important to us at Beca,” says Andrea Rickard, New Zealand General Manager - Transport and Infrastructure.
“Whether through community partnership or a design, engineering or advisory services solution, we are proud to support Aotearoa’s ‘Road to Zero' strategy - and the goal that no one is killed or seriously injured in road crashes.”
For more on Brake and all their work on Road Safety Week in New Zealand, visit. And, to see what’s been happening in Australia, and how you can pledge to make roads safer for everyone, click here.
To find out more the work we are doing at Beca, to support and improve the safety of our roads and ensure safer journeys, click here.
See also May 2021