Schools, kindergartens, companies, community groups and road safety professionals took part in Road Safety Week 2016 by holding awareness-raising events in their communities.
Road Safety Week launches
Road Safety Week was launched on Monday 16 May in Wellington. Other activities were held in Christchurch and Auckland to mark the start of the week.
In Wellington, Brake, emergency services and other organisations launched the week in Queens Wharf Square by making #roadsafetyhero pledges and giving demonstrations on a number of road safety topics. NZ Police, Wellington Free Ambulance, NZ Fire Service, our sponsors QBE Insurance, Cycling Action Network, Cycle Aware Wellington, Living Streets, our #roadsafetyhero video sponsors Thrifty, Z Energy and Beaurepaires attended the launch.
In Christchurch, Shirley Playcentre launched the week with a Giant Walk, bike day and road safety talk.
In Auckland, Albany Primary School held a Giant Walk road safety scavenger hunt on the Monday to help launch the week. On Friday, Sam Wallace from Breakfast joined Glenfield School on their walking school bus to highlight the benefits of walking to school and remind drivers to slow down around school.
#roadsafetyhero signboard and videos
Many organisations and individuals showed their support for Road Safety Week using the #roadsafetyhero signboard.
Brake also produced the first in a series of #roadsafetyhero videos showing how you can be a #roadsafetyhero every day. Go to our YouTube channel to watch, and it's also on our Facebook page. More videos will be released in this series so keep checking back for more.
Beaurepaires and Michelin tyre distributors offered free tyre safety checks throughout the week.
Kohungahunga Mayfield went for a walk with their children looking at safe crossings and sneaky driveways, made pedestrian crossings in art and invited the community constable to visit.
Living Streets promoted their "don't tread on our toes" resource and their campaign to keep footpaths for people on foot.
NZ Police Commercial Vehicle Investigation Unit handed out road safety information and advice to truck drivers they stopped during the week.
Onehunga High School incorporated road safety into lessons and discussed student safety around roads.
Papakura SeaScouts held a Bright Night, completed their cycle safety program and created road safety posters.
Patterson Street Playcentre held a wheels day and promoted use of helmets and safe bike riding.
Roscommon Kindergarten read road safety stories, put road safety signs up and engaged tamariki in road safety discussions and role play.
St Mary's School, Rotorua, invited their local community constable to speak and integrated road safety into reading and writing lessons.
Three Kings School made signs and used them outside school to remind drivers to slow down and look out for kids.
Thrifty Car Rentals held a Bright Day and bake sale in aid of Brake, and one of their staff took part in Brake's Virtual Run.
Toll Global Forwarding fundraised for Brake with a Bright Day, raffle and hot dog and ice cream sale.
Wairarapa Road Safety Council ran a competition with a local radio station asking children to nominate a #roadsafetyhero they know, with prizes available for the winners.