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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 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.

Let’s roll from the past to the future competition 2019

It’s competition time for our schools with some awesome prizes. The Let’s roll from the Past to the Future competition is open to all Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty students – at primary, intermediate and secondary schools. The competition closes on 27 September 2019.

Find out more about the competition

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 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

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 each year in May.

Young Driver Workshops

Practice your driving skills and gain essential knowledge from qualified and experienced people.

This workshop is open to youth (aged 16 – 24 years) who hold a current restricted drivers licence. It is not compulsory, however participants are encouraged to have a parent/caregiver attending the workshop with them as well as a vehicle with a current WoF and registration.

Upcoming workshops:

Learners: Monday, 30 September, 9am - 12.45pm
Restricted: Tuesday 1 October, 9am - 12.45pm

Venue: Coastguard, 72 Keith Allen Drive, Tauranga

The free workshop includes:   

  • On road lesson - 80 minutes
  • Practical session on staying safe around heavy motor vehicles
  • Practical session with NZTA

For more information contact Sheree Ellis 021 515 912

Last Reviewed: 11/09/2019


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