One in particular has had a high number of serious motorcycle crashes in the last few years, the Southern Coromandel loop. Because of this Safer Journeys is using this route in a motorcycle safety pilot, the first of its kind in New Zealand.
Named the Safer Rides – Southern Coromandel the route is approximately 130KM and includes SH26 (Paeroa to Kopu), SH25A (Kopu to near Hikuai), SH25 (near Hikuai to Waihi) and SH2 (Waihi to Paeroa).
The pilot will trial and monitor a series of safety improvements aimed at reducing the number and severity of motorcycle crashes along the route.
The pilot has three main focus areas:
- helping to keep riders on their bikes with innovative road markings and upgraded signage around some deceptive corners, improved surface condition as well as work to improve visibility
- creating a more forgiving environment by removing or modifying various roadside hazards to help reduce the severity of potential injuries if riders do crash
- getting injured riders access to medical treatment as quickly as possible via new rescue helicopter landing areas and improved cellphone coverage.
A leaflet has been produced which shows a map of the route, highlighting the areas that will have the above safety improvements.
You can download it here: Safer Rides
Some of the work is already underway and others will start after the holiday season. Physical works will be completed by April 2014. Motorcyclists are encouraged to give feedback on the safety improvements and areas of change.
This can be done on the NZ Transport Agency website.
There are a number of agencies and councils working together on this pilot including: the NZ Transport Agency, Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council, NZ Police, ACC, the Thames-Coromandel and Hauraki District Councils, the Waikato Regional Council and motorcycle groups.