Along with most of New Zealand, the Hutt Valley has seen significant improvements in road safety in recent years. However, there have been more than 10 deaths on Hutt Valley roads in the past five years, as well as 215 serious injuries as a result of road crashes. Road crashes have huge social and economic effects on families, the wider Hutt Valley community and our health system, yet many are preventable. We want to reduce serious injuries and fatalities on Hutt Valley roads, by supporting the Government’s Safer Journeys Strategy.
What you can do
Safe Hutt Valley and its partners are involved in a range of long-term programmes that help to promote safety on Hutt Valley roads. Most of these have been developed as part of our local Road Safety Action Plans, and include:
Motorcycle and Cycle Skills Workshops
A range of workshops are run every year to improve riding skills and promote safe cycling and motorcycling in the Hutt Valley. To find out what’s available in your area, contact Hutt City Council’s Road Safety Coordinator on 570 6730 or at email@example.com, or check out the Ride Forever website for information on motorcycle skills and training.
Annual Bikewise Month and activities
Every February Safe Hutt Valley partners promote safe cycling through a range of events including the Go by Bike Day breakfast, Bike the Trail event, and Upper Hutt’s Young Cyclist of the Year Award.
Child restraint checkpoints
Safe Hutt Valley partners carry out regular checks to make sure child car restraints are being used when needed, and that they are fitted correctly. As part of the checks, we give parents and caregivers information on using and fitting child car restraints correctly. It’s best to purchase your child restraint from a retailer who has a qualified child restraint technician on their staff. Plunket also rents out child restraints at a reasonable cost in both Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt, and has teamed up with ACC to subsidise restraints for Community Service cardholders.
School Safety zones and School Travel Plans
Safe Hutt Valley partners work to keep children safe around schools by promoting walking, cycling and scootering to school. Fewer cars, safer parent parking behaviour and lower speed limits all improve safety for children who walk, cycle and ride scooters. Read more about School Travel Plans on the Greater Wellington Regional Council website.
Learner License courses
Safe Hutt Valley partners run learner drivers’ license courses within specific communities. To find out what’s available in your area, contact Hutt City Council’s Road Safety Coordinator on 570 6730 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Driver education campaigns
Safe Hutt Valley partners run a range of driver education campaigns every year, raising awareness of key issues such as intersection safety, speed, pedestrian and cycle safety. Read more about our current education campaigns.
We also initiate and run a range of targeted projects to address specific concerns within our communities. These include:
A community education programme that improves the safety and comfort of older drivers by offering them the opportunity to learn how to adjust the ‘fit’ of their cars and maintain safe driving practices. To find out what’s available in your area, contact Hutt City Council’s Road Safety Coordinator on 570 6730 or at email@example.com, or for Upper Hutt, contact Chris Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
X-ROADS: Good Mates, Good Choices
Safe Hutt Valley and partners held an event in June 2014 to educate young drivers, and promote good choices around alcohol and drugs. Read more about X-roads.
Safe Ride Rimutaka
This road safety campaign involved the local motorcycling community, and was designed to reduce injury from motorcycle crashes on SH2 in the Upper Hutt area. A series of meetings were held in 2013 to discuss safe riding, and what the various players could do to reduce crash risks. Skills training opportunities were also promoted to riders, and a number of motorcycle skills training workshops were held in Lower Hutt.
Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD)
Safe Hutt Valley partners support the activities of student-led groups in secondary schools that work to promote SADD’s six safety principles.
Hutt City and Upper Hutt City Councils lead this work on behalf of Safe Hutt Valley, and a range of other agencies, community groups and businesses are involved in these programmes and projects. The Safe Hutt Valley group welcomes contact from other organisations or individuals interested in promoting safer communities in the Hutt Valley. Please contact us if you are keen to get involved.
Links to road safety information and practice tests
Studying for your Learners drivers licence and brushing up on your driving knowledge
You can practice the Learner Licence test questions or check your driving knowledge at:
Studying for your Restricted drivers licence and brushing up on your driving knowledge
Practice website – is a free resource that will help you to learn all the skills you need to pass the restricted licensed test. It has instructions for your supervising driver too, and useful instruction videos.
NZTA website – Safe Teen Driver – has information on how to support teen drivers once they’ve passed their restricted test.
Brushing up on your motorcycling and cycling knowledge
Ride Forever – information on motorcycle safety and training
Scooter Survival – Facebook page to help scooter riders become safer on New Zealand roads
Other programmes and services helping to promote road safety in the Hutt Valley
Kokiri Marae – Kokiri Marae in Seaview offers a range of injury prevention services around road safety and child safety.
National services and programmes to promote road safety