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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 programmes

Adults 24 - 80+ years

  • Workplace and staff travel planning
  • Community travel plans
  • Road safety and active transport – cycling, walking, e-bikes 
  • Be Bright, Be Safe, Be Seen – cycling 
  • CarFit workshops
  • Mobility scooter workshops
  • Ride Forever (motorbike)

Young adults and teenagers 13 - 24 years

  • Secondary school, tertiary travel action plans
  • Community action plans
  • Young driver workshops
  • Active transport and road safety 
  • SADD 

Children 0 - 13 years

  • School travel action plans – pre-school, primary and intermediate 
  • Kids on Feet (includes walking school buses)
  • Feet first
  • Kids Can Ride
  • Intermediate school cycling, safe route planning
  • Parking behaviour
  • Ruben Road Safety Bear
  • Travelling Safe – Puppet Vision
  • Caterpillar Feet

For more information about Travel Safe programmes please contact council and talk with someone from the travel safe team.

Annual Helmet Competition

2021 Helmet Competition

The ‘Design Your Own Helmet’ competition is 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. This annual competition is part of the Travel Safe School Action Plans integrated approach, supporting safer journeys to and from school. Winners are announced in April each year.

2021 helmet competition winners

Be Bright, Be Safe, Be Seen

This winter visibility programme reminds cyclists, walkers, runners and scooterers to have lights, bright clothing and reflective gear if they are out and about in the early mornings and evenings, and at other times of low light and poor visibility. 

Whether commuting to work, study or school, being active for fun or fitness, or popping down to the local shops, people should take extra care and keep safe by being fully visible on roads and paths. Bright, reflective and high-visibility clothing improves visibility.

All cyclists are encouraged to wear high-visibility clothing and ensure their front light, rear light and rear red reflector are all working correctly and are clean. 

By law, all cyclists must have a red or yellow rear reflector that's visible from 200 metres when light shines on it. View the official New Zealand code for cycling for more information.

When cycling at night or in poor visibility, cycles must have:

  • one or more steady or flashing rear-facing red lights that can be seen from 200m,
  • one or two white or yellow headlights that can be seen at night from a distance of 200m (only one of these may flash), and
  • pedal retro-reflectors on the forward and rearward facing surfaces of each pedal.

If the cycle does not have these, the cyclist must be wearing reflective material. 

There are many cycle lights on the market - some are designed to help cyclists be seen by other road users during times of low light, and some lights are designed to help cyclists see where they are going, like a headlight. Check with your local bike shop about what lights are suitable for you. 

Headlights should be attached to handlebars and pointing down so they don't dazzle other road users.

Be Bright, Be Safe, Be Seen is part of the regional Safer Journeys road safety programme. It's supported by Toi Te Ora Public Health, Sport BOP, local businesses, workplaces and schools. 

For more information on this programme contact Travel Safe.


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 to be advised.

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

Young Driver Workshops

Free workshop for young drivers. Improve your knowledge, confidence and skills.

Each workshop includes:

  • 80-minute one-on-one driving lesson
  • Waka Kotahi NZTA road worthy vehicle check
  • Practical session on safety around heavy vehicles

Attendees must hold a learner or restricted licence. Own vehicle is optional. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to attend (but not compulsory). The 4-hour workshops are held in school term holidays.. 

Registration Form

The next two workshops are on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th October 2021

Register here for the next workshop at Tauranga Volunteer Coastguard, 72 Keith Allen Drive, Sulphur Point, Tauranga.

Register now

Follow us on Facebook for updates or for more information, contact Catherine Broome catherine.broome@tauranga.govt.nz.


Last Reviewed: 21/09/2021

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Posted: 16 September 2021

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40km/h variable speed limits for schools

Posted: 03 August 2021

Tauranga City Council are introducing new speed limit signage at five schools across Tauranga: Tauranga Intermediate, Aquinas College, Golden Sands School, Taumata School and Matua School.

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Posted: 09 July 2021

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Posted: 14 June 2021

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Be Bright, Be Safe, Be Seen

Posted: 14 June 2021

Travel Safe are reminding Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty road and path users to be bright, be safe and be seen this winter. 


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