Te Waka Rangahau me Puukahatanga o Aotearoa


School Road Safety

In partnership with the Ministry of Education, Land Transport New Zealand, the Ministry of Transport and a number of New Zealand Schools, TERNZ is focussing on school road safety issues. This complex area is demanding a wide ranging approach.


Current and recent projects

 Barriers to cycling to and from school:
Although many school students would like to bike to school, many parents are still very concerned about the safety of their children biking to school - and often for good reason. In this project we are investigating the engineering, education and enforcement barriers to school students safely cycling to and from school, and providing solutions for six schools in Auckland, New Plymouth and Tauranga.

School bus safety:
The purpose of this research is to improve the safety and sustainability of New Zealand's school bus service.  Approximately 60,000 students are transported to and from schools daily by the Ministry of Education contracted bus services.  The research is for a government-industry committee and is investigating a range of factors including: speeding of motorists who pass school buses that are picking up or dropping off children, fleet management practices, bus stops and turning bays, the feasibility of fitting seatbelts to school buses and passenger behaviour.

Improving transport around schools:
The purpose of this research is to develop a process and guidelines for improving the design of transport systems and infrastructure around schools. Many transport systems and infrastructure around schools are unsafe, disorganised and are not conducive to alternatives to private vehicle transport.