Help make New Zealand more accessible
Disabled people could help make our public transport system more accessible by providing feedback about the new draft road safety strategy.
The Road to Zero strategy, will set out how road safety across New Zealand will be managed for the next ten years. There are many good things in the strategy e.g. reducing serious road crashes and making the road safer. The strategy sets out other goals and how its success will be measured. It also plans to review guidelines for designing and operating the transport system.
CCS Disability Action feels the draft plan does not have enough information about making the footpaths and the transport system safer for disabled people and pedestrians.
A separate access plan is being developed – but if access is not part of the Road to Zero Strategy, it is possible that there will be little improvement in access. We also need to think about keeping the footpaths safe if they are used for electric scooters etc.
Many disabled people are unable to use the transport system
Disabled people use the transport system less than non-disabled people and are unable to carry out important activities such as shopping, going to work, meeting friends and going to the Doctor. This has a detrimental effect on their health and lives. Disabled people and children (who are pedestrians) have more injuries than non-disabled people.
This is because:
- Transport design and operation focuses on vehicles and short journey times.
- There is very little information about the problems that disabled people face when using the transport system.
You can have your say about the strategy
You can make an online submission here. The form asks some questions but you do not have to answer all of the questions for your feedback to count. If you would like t make suggestions, you can do so on question number 18.
There is not a lot of time to do this – feedback closes on 14 August at 5pm. Have your say today!