Less crash injuries
The Wellington region’s road safety record is climbing back gradually from the appalling statistics of 2007, but there is still a lot of work to do, says regional council chair Fran Wilde.
The latest transport monitoring report, which can be downloaded at gw.govt.nz/amr, tracks how well the region is progressing against the Regional Land Transport Strategy.
The strategy sets targets and outcomes for public transport, walking and cycling, road network efficiency, road safety, land use and transport integration and freight efficiency.
In 2008, the number of crashes resulting in injuries fell from 1212 to 1193 and in 2009 they fell by 15 per cent to 1016.
Ms Wilde said it’s encouraging that the number of injury crashes, which increased annually from 2001 to 2007, have started to come down.
‘‘Hopefully the new regional road safety plan, which came into effect last August, will help that trend to continue.
‘‘ However, young adults, motorcyclists and cyclists are still at high risk of being involved in a crash, with speeding and alcohol continuing to be the most prominent causes of crashes resulting in injuries,’’ she said.
The report also finds that more people in the Wellington region are opting to walk or cycle instead of taking their car for shorter trips of one or two kilometres.
The 23.6 million bus trips taken during 2009/10 were about 1 per cent more than the previous year and is the first patronage increase since 2006, but train trips were down 6 per cent in the 2008/09 year.