Southern Coromandel Loop - update

Rob Bullick, Senior Investment Advisor at NZTA, presented his overview of the improvement work on the Southern Coromandel Loop at our May Council meeting.

Safer roads and roadsides

The Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council invested in this project to improve safety along the Southern Coromandel Loop and lower the risks motorcyclists face when riding the Loop. For example, smarter road markings, better roadside protection, safer culverts and improved sight lines. Rob shared some before and after photos of hazards that had been removed. Rob also shared some videos of rider experience before and after the loop road was improved.

View these photos and videos on the Safer Rides website

Rob informed the Council that 80% of hazards were maintenance, operations and level of service related.

He reported that the work done to improve the loop is benefitting all modes of transport, including motorcycles, and the key to the project’s success had been collaboration between a number of organisations. Depending on funding approval the next projects to be undertaken will be the Northern Coromandel route, Pokeno to Raglan and the Rimutaka Hill Road.

Update – 13 July 2015

The Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council congratulates the community partnership ‘Safe Summer Coromandel’, which has won the overall supreme award in this year’s Problem-Oriented Policing (POP) awards.

The awards recognise and reward Police staff for excellence in addressing long term sustainable crime prevention and reduction. As well as winning the national award, Safe Summer Coromandel also won the award for excellence in achieving collective impact

Safe Summer Coromandel is a multi-agency group chaired by the Police and created to address the high number of fatalities and harms happening on the Coromandel Peninsula in preventable circumstances over the summer months.

The partnership includes ACC, the Fire Service, Rural Fire, St John, Waikato DHB - health promotion, Waikato DHB - Community Mental Health Services, Thames-Coromandel District Council, Eastern Waikato road safety coordinator, Health Promotion Agency, Waikato Regional Council, Maritime New Zealand, Surf Lifesaving, Coastguard, Land SAR, CAPS Hauraki and Hauraki Family Violence Intervention Network.

Between 2011 and 2013, 35 people died on the Peninsula through crashes, violence, and alcohol and drug abuse. Incidents of serious harm also increased dramatically.

Alcohol was identified as a key driver that needed to be addressed to reduce the number of deaths. The partners demonstrated to the Thames Coromandel District Council that there was a need for a stringent Local Alcohol Plan for the area. A Facebook site was set up to promote safety messages and peer-to-peer communications.

The impact on reducing ACC claims is already starting to show. Motorcycle claims over the last three years have reduced by 31% during the summer period and costs have halved. Safe Summer Coromandel has provided opportunities to promote the work of the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council and the NZ Transport Agency on the engineering changes they have made to the Southern Coromandel Loop through access to TV3 news interviews, newspaper articles and radio advert. All the partner groups have promoted motorcycle safety to their own agencies and put up posters and flyers around the Coromandel.