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Travel safe

Travel Safe is an integrated approach to sustainable road safety outcomes that covers Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty.

Travel Safe works alongside community at "grassroots level" to lift the level of road safety and active transport across all ages from 0 - 80+ years.

Travel Safe have guiding principles:

  • listening to communities
  • keeping it simple and flexible
  • developing community and school ownership at the beginning
  • strengthening community action
  • developing personal skills
  • creating supportive environments
  • supporting building healthy public policy.

Communities, schools, parents/caregivers/volunteers and students are the backbone of the partnership and make collective decisions using community developed templates. The programme fosters a culture of ‘valuing the volunteer’ and communities are encouraged to solve the problems themselves.

The Travel Safe programmes are underpinned by robust education, engineering, enforcement and encouragement and are reflective of community needs.

Effective road safety and active transport outcomes in communities influence lifelong choices and behaviours.

Travel Safe team

Travel Safe Team Leader – Karen Smith Travel Safe Co-ordinator – Sheree Ellis Travel Safe Co-ordinator – Cindi Feder Travel Safe Co-ordinator – Roslyn Frost
Covers 24 to 80+ years (across both Councils) Covers 0 to 13 years, school communities (Tauranga / WBOPDC – Waihi Beach) Covers 0 to 13 years including school communities (Coastal area – Tauranga / WBOPDC) Covers 13 to 24 years including secondary / tertiary / work places communities (Tauranga / WBOPDC)
  • Workplace travel plans
  • Active transport – cycling and walking / road safety
  • Be bright, be safe, be seen – cycling
  • CarFit workshops
  • Mobility scooter workshops
  • Pre-school / Primary / Intermediate school action plans
  • Kids on Feet (includes walking school buses)
  • Feet first
  • Kids Can Ride 
  • Intermediate school cycling
  • Parking behaviour
  • Ruben Road Safety Bear
  • Travelling Safe – Puppet Vision
  • Caterpillar Feet
  • Secondary school/tertiary action plans
  • Young driver
  • Active transport / road safety
  • SADD

For more information about Travel Safe programmes please contact Council and speak to someone from the travel safe team. 

2019 Helmet Competition Winners Announced

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The ‘Design Your Own Helmet’ competition was designed as a fun and creative way to support conversations, in the classroom and at home, on the importance of wearing a safety helmet when riding a bike. The annual competition is part of the Travel Safe School Action Plans integrated approach, supporting safer journeys to and from school.


Free CarFit Check up

Get the safest fit for your car in 15 minutes. Please phone Age Concern on 07 578 2631 to secure a time.

CarFit is a free community education programme offering drivers a 12-point, 15 to 20 minute check of their fit to their vehicle. Trained volunteer technicians are on site to demonstrate how to adjust the vehicle’s safety features for maximum safety and comfort.

Age Concern and Travel Safe are bringing the CarFit programme in partnership to your community. It aims to help mature drivers find the safest fit for their vehicle.

Upcoming sessions

Monday, 29 April - Omokoroa Country Estate - 10am - 12pm
Thursday, 2 May - Greenwood Park Welcome Bay - 10am - 12pm
Friday, 3 May - Bob Owens Retirement Village - 10am - 12pm

Tuesday, 30 April - Summerset by the Sea Katikati - 10am - 12pm

Te Puke
Wednesday, 1 May - Te Puke Country Lodge Retirement Village - 10am - 12pm

Free mobility scooter workshops

It's about keeping you mobile – safely

We want you to be able to participate in your community, without having to give up your independence and the things you enjoy.
Come along for an one-hour, free workshop and have fun, meet like-minded people, get great tips and free safety equipment, and talk about any mobility issues you may have.

Bring your mobility scooter, a friend or just yourself – everyone is welcome! Free morning tea and good company.

Book in for a workshop by phoning Age Concern on 07 578 2631.

No upcoming sessions

Be Bright checkpoints

To remind cyclists to put lights on their bikes, Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Travel Safe and NZ Police will start their annual Be Bright campaign. Riders who have adequate lights will be rewarded with reflective cycling gear such as backpack covers, cat eyes and ankle and arm bands. Cyclists who do not have adequate lights will be fitted with a set of lights.

Checkpoints will be set up across the city in May 2019.

Last Reviewed: 05/04/2019


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