Auckland will trial smart signs at intersections that alert drivers to the presence of riders as part of a four-stage motorcycle safety strategy for New Zealand’s largest city that could have wider applications.
The smart signs will consist of flashing studs in the road and electronic message signs at selected intersections.
It is the third step in a four-stage Auckland Transport plan to reduce motorcycle crashes at intersections where 40% of all motorcycle injury crashes occur.
Between 2014 and 2018, 29 people died and 515 were seriously injured (excluding state highways) as a result of motorcycle crashes in the Auckland region. The most common crash factors were failing to give way/stop, and poor observation.
AT data shows that many crashes involving motorcyclists occur when a car is turning right into a side road.
The first stage last month involved painting yellow “keep clear” road markings (or hatched road-markings) across the intersections of Dominion Road and 14 side roads.
AT hopes these will improve visibility for drivers and motorbike riders when approaching an intersection.
The second stage next month involves AT’s Road Safety Team reviewing video to analyse traffic behaviour in the wake of the new line markings.
Analysis of this video will be compared to recordings in November 2019.
This will help the team understand what worked, what didn’t work, and any other issues that came up.