Who do think is to blame for crashes between pedestrians and vehicles?
Pedestrians - not drivers - are at fault in most bus crashes involving pedestrians in central Wellington.
A long-awaited pedestrian safety review was released today at a briefing for Wellington city councillors.
Safe and sustainable transport manager Paul Barker told councillors while accidents were rare, a pedestrian culture of not looking properly was prevalent in Wellington.
''It's a small percentage, but it's a worrying percentage.''
''We accept that pedestrians are stepping into the road way and not looking to the right,'' he said.
Recommendations put forward include:
* Slowing down traffic to 20kmh through Willis and Manners streets
* Introducing street furniture such as benches to create safer crossing areas
* Making buses easier to see
* Reducing the waiting times at lights
* Using social media campaigns to encourage safer crossing behaviours
* Red light cameras
* Training bus drivers to leave larger gaps between vehicles.
The end of Bond St will also be blocked to prevent cars turning in to Willis St.
However, handing out fines for jaywalking and permanent barriers is not on the cards.
The aim was to create an environment that made it as easy as possible for people to make the right choice, while also lessening the potential impact when people didn't, Barker said.
''We accept that humans fail, and we need a system that picks up and compensates for that.''
The reports were commissioned after accidents between pedestrians and buses on the new two-way bus route - including the death of jogger Venessa Green last year. NZ Bus director Tim Brown was also seriously injured last month.
At least 13 people have been hit by buses since the council's $12.5 million Manners St bus lane opened in November 2010, and a series of vehicles exiting Bond St are understood to have been hit by buses at the busy junction.
Findings from the report include:
*People 25 and under were more likely to cross at non-signalled points
* Women were least likely to look properly before stepping out,
* At controlled crossings people would use a ''pack mentality'', assuming people at the front of the crowd had looked
* Twenty-five people were observed crossing without looking at all.
CitiOperations manager Mike Mendonca said the barriers temporary barriers along Willis St would stay for up to a year.
The barriers would only be taken down once officers were satisfied the environment was safer, he said.
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown welcomed the ''complimentary'' studies that made up the review, and said she supported moves to keep temporary barriers along Willis St until more permanent changes could be made.
''What we're trying to do, rather than allocate blame in anyway is find solutions ... so that a mistake doesn't result in injury or death."
The pedestrian safety study was launched earlier this year by a steering group made up of Wellington City Council, NZ Bus, police, the Tramways Union, NZ Transport Agency and Greater Wellington regional council.
How do you cross the road?
In New Zealand there is no law against jaywalking most of the time - you are legally allowed to cross the road.
However, there are rules around where and how you cross the road, and infringements ranging from $10 to $35 can be dished out if you decide to make an unsafe dash to the other side.
* The main rule is that, if you are within 20 metres of a controlled crossing - either a zebra crossing or light signals - you are required to walk to that crossing to make your way across the road.
* You are meant to wait for the green man at intersections controlled by signals.
* You are required to keep to the footpath while walking, and cross at right angles rather than diagonally.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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