Safe Wellington

March 27th, 2014 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

NZTA have published a list of the top 100 high risk intersections.

Wellington’s most dangerous intersection is only at 32 nationally – SH1 and Victoria Street at the Inner City Bypass.

Next at 43 is corner of Courtenay Place and Taranaki Street.

86 is corner of Ghuznee Street and Cuba Street.

Overall pretty good for a major city.

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13 Responses to “Safe Wellington”

  1. Yogibear (280 comments) says:

    If NZTA had been allowed to build a proper inner city bypass, the Cuba Ghuznee rat run would never have existed.

    In other words greenie opposition reduced safety and liveability.

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  2. James Stephenson (2,018 comments) says:

    Where would crossing Manners St come on the list?

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  3. Yogibear (280 comments) says:

    Ditto for Victoria St

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  4. alloytoo (432 comments) says:

    Major city? {‘:-)

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  5. Ed Snack (1,734 comments) says:

    Interesting about the two Taupo entries at 2 & 3, both have restricted speed zones and for Arrowsmith also a set of warning signs that flash at you (as far as I can tell) regardless of how fast or slow you are going. Perhaps better designed intersections would be a good idea ? I bet the Arrowsmith one drops down the list though, with the opening of the bypass the traffic on that small section of SH5 is much reduced.

    Some of the other intersections that I am familiar with are not surprisingly rated badly, others though seem to be roundabouts, how the hell do you get high speed crashes on a roundabout ?

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  6. Tauhei Notts (1,604 comments) says:

    Number Nine is frequently used by my family.
    I will tell them to exercise extreme care there in the future.
    Thank you for posting these statistics.

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  7. Alan Wilkinson (1,816 comments) says:

    Usual statistical crap from NZTA. Standardise the simple accident count by dividing it by traffic volume and you might get some idea of actual relative risk factors.

    Yes, these stats are useful for deciding where to spend money but they are useless for indicating which intersections are dangerous to use.

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  8. gazzmaniac (2,317 comments) says:

    Interesting that it doesn’t include SH1 and Otaihanga Road just north of Paraparamu. Crashes were pretty common there before the roadworks. They’ve solved the high speed collision problem there with a roundabout too – bit hard to have a high speed crash if you’re crawling in gridlock ;-).

    That’s why I reckon Wellington intersections are “safe” too – the traffic crawls along except for in the middle of the night.

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  9. meow (16 comments) says:

    As @alloytoo said, Wellington isn’t a major city. It’s a large provincial town with a few coffee shops and a museum, it’s slightly too busy to drive tractors through.

    What would have been useful with the stats is a predominant reason why each intersection was so dangerous. Is it design? Wasted drivers? Low accident rate but many fatalities?

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  10. Alan Wilkinson (1,816 comments) says:

    @meow, you can’t know if an intersection is dangerous from these statistics. You can only know whether it is cost effective to improve safety there. To compare danger you have to compare the relative traffic volumes.

    A similar stupidity is the claim women are safer drivers than men using crash statistics which ignored the fact that the women drove far less than the men.

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  11. Crusader (276 comments) says:

    As @alloytoo said, Wellington isn’t a major city. It’s a large provincial town with a few coffee shops and a museum, it’s slightly too busy to drive tractors through.

    True. No real point to Wellington. But useful to stick the politicians in. Otherwise they would be a blight on another city.

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  12. swan (659 comments) says:

    The count of 3 is for Wellington city which has a population of about 200,000. So it represents 4.5% of the population with 3% in the top 100. So not bad. But if you look at the list there is a high number or rural intersections once you strip them out, Wellington will be doing barely better than average for cities. Also the stats don’t account for traffic volumes so it is difficult to make inferences about safety.

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  13. swan (659 comments) says:

    Interestingly, the North Shore with a large pop than Wellington has no intersections in the too 100

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