Vision Zero - Safe Streets for Auckland

Vision Zero - Safe Streets for Auckland

World renowned road safety strategist Matts-Åke Belin advises the Mayor of New York, the UN and the US government on Vision Zero. 
Vision Zero is an approach to road safety that can be summarised in one sentence: no loss of life on the roads is acceptable. It began in Sweden and has grown into a global movement. Well known Vision Zero cities include New York, London, Toronto, Seattle and Portland. 

Along with growth and congestion, Auckland is facing a growing road safety challenge, with road deaths and serious injuries climbing significantly faster than population growth. Road deaths and serious injuries cost an estimated $1.3 billion a year in social costs, which is also the estimated economic cost of congestion each year.

Is there a way through to create safe, more productive roads at the same time? 

Dr Belin will explore why Vision Zero works and what Vision Zero in Auckland could look like. He will share proven road design and engineering solutions that make roads safer and more productive.

Dr Matts-Åke Belin

Senior Policy Advisor, Swedish Transport Administration

Dr Matts-Åke Belin has a long history within the Swedish government and he works primarily with overall safety policies, strategies and collaboration with different stakeholders. In 2007 – 2009 Dr Belin worked for World Health Organization where he participated in the development of global road safety strategies and global partnerships. He has also chaired the technical committee 3.1 on National Road Safety Policies and Programme, World Road Association.Currently, Dr Belin is senior policy adviser at the Swedish Transport Administration and responsible for the development of Vision Zero Academy. He is also affiliated as an adjunct professor at KTH Royal Technology Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr Belin is the Swedish delegate in UN Road Safety Collaboration and the international representative at the US Transportation Research Board (TRB) standing committee ANB 10 Transportation Safety Management. He is also senior policy adviser to the US road to zero coalition. Twitter: @MattsBelin 

Andrew Allen

Chief Transport Operations Officer, Auckland Transport

Andrew has an extensive background in local government. He has over twenty-five years’ experience in the civil engineering industry with a particular emphasis on transport. As Chief Transport Operations Officer at Auckland Transport, Andrew is accountable for a large team of specialists in the areas of Network Management and Road Safety, Customer and Services, Transport Operation Centers, Parking Services and Harbormaster. Andrew is passionate about safety and innovation and fostering effective stakeholder working relationships. Twitter: @AklTransport

Caroline Perry

National Director, Brake

Caroline has worked for Brake for over 5 years and is responsible for the development of Brake in New Zealand including establishing Brake’s initiatives such as Road Safety Week and support resources for road crash victims, and building relationships with corporate partners and road safety-related agencies. Her previous experience has included management of road and fleet safety projects and events, supporting social entrepreneurs to develop their social enterprises, and project management of community volunteering and development projects. Her background is in media, project and events management and marketing. She is passionate about road safety and sustainability, in particular of measures that will create safer, more liveable communities and encourage more people to travel by sustainable and active transport. Caroline is also the National Kea Leader for Scouts New Zealand (a voluntary role) supporting the growth and development of Kea Clubs for 5-8 year olds around the country and in her spare time also tries to fit in some running and baking. Twitter: @brakenewzealand

Dr Rhys Jones

Public Health Medicine Specialist and Senior Lecturer in Māori Health, University of Auckland

Dr Rhys Jones (Ngāti Kahungunu) is a Public Health Medicine Specialist and Senior Lecturer in Māori Health at the University of Auckland. He is passionate about indigenous health, equity and sustainability. His research interests include environmental influences on health and wellbeing, and he is a strong advocate for safe, healthy and equitable transport. Rhys is also Co-Convenor of OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council. Twitter: @rg_jones

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