Information regarding a recent campaign

Hugh Davenport made this Official Information request to New Zealand Police

The request was refused by New Zealand Police.

From: Hugh Davenport

Dear New Zealand Police,

A post was made by the Wellington District Police facebook page, with an image headed "Traffic Tuesday CYCLE SAFETY", explaining that cyclists are our most at risk road user. The image then lists 4 tips:
- Always wear a helmet
- Use bike lights and high vis
- Be aware
- Use cycle lanes

The image is available at https://www.facebook.com/WellingtonDistr... as of today.

I would like to request all communication internally and externally regarding the development of this image.

For each internal person involved with the development of this image, I would like to request how experienced at cycling they are (ie, no cycling experience, minimal, once a month, once a week, once a day, etc). This can be in their words or aggregated as you see fit. My aim is to determine whether anyone with a decent amount of cycling experience was involved with the development of this image.

For each external person involved with the development of this image, I would like to request the qualifications on the external party, and the reason why they were communicated with regarding this image.

I would like to know whether the Police researched the cause of cycle incidents prior to releasing this image. Such facts as the majority of car vs cyclist crashes found the car driver at fault. Such research has been done by NZTA prior, and available at https://www.transport.govt.nz/assets/Upl.... Page 9 would most likely be of interest, showing 70% of accidents were not the fault of cyclists.

I would like to know how this image was intended to reduce the risk to cyclists when it is not targeting the road users that are the majority in causing accidents to cyclists?

I would like to know whether Police are intending on making another image, that targets car drivers with regards to cycle safety.

Yours faithfully,

Hugh Davenport

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New Zealand Police

Dear Mr Davenport,

 

I acknowledge your Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) request below.  It
is being actioned pursuant to the OIA.

 

Ngā mihi

 
Ministerial Services

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Date: 18/06/2019 03:51PM
Subject: Official Information request - Information regarding a recent
campaign

Dear New Zealand Police,
A post was made by the Wellington District Police facebook page, with an
image headed "Traffic Tuesday CYCLE SAFETY", explaining that cyclists are
our most at risk road user. The image then lists 4 tips:
- Always wear a helmet
- Use bike lights and high vis
- Be aware
- Use cycle lanes
The image is available at
[1]https://www.facebook.com/WellingtonDistr...
as of today.
I would like to request all communication internally and externally
regarding the development of this image.
For each internal person involved with the development of this image, I
would like to request how experienced at cycling they are (ie, no cycling
experience, minimal, once a month, once a week, once a day, etc). This can
be in their words or aggregated as you see fit. My aim is to determine
whether anyone with a decent amount of cycling experience was involved
with the development of this image.
For each external person involved with the development of this image, I
would like to request the qualifications on the external party, and the
reason why they were communicated with regarding this image.
I would like to know whether the Police researched the cause of cycle
incidents prior to releasing this image. Such facts as the majority of car
vs cyclist crashes found the car driver at fault. Such research has been
done by NZTA prior, and available at
[2]https://www.transport.govt.nz/assets/Upl...
. Page 9 would most likely be of interest, showing 70% of accidents were
not the fault of cyclists.
I would like to know how this image was intended to reduce the risk to
cyclists when it is not targeting the road users that are the majority in
causing accidents to cyclists?
I would like to know whether Police are intending on making another image,
that targets car drivers with regards to cycle safety.
Yours faithfully,
Hugh Davenport
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New Zealand Police

Dear Mr Davenport

 

Request for Information IR-01-19-16905

 

I refer to your correspondence dated 18 June 2019 in which you requested:

"A post was made bythe Wellington District Police facebook page, with an
image headed "Traffic Tuesday CYCLE SAFETY", explaining that cyclists are
our mostat risk road user. The image then lists 4 tips:
- Always wear a helmet
- Use bike lights and high vis
- Be aware
- Use cycle lanes

The image is available at
[1]https://www.facebook.com/WellingtonDistr...
as of today.

I would like to request all communication internally and externally
regarding the development of this image.

For each internal person involved with thedevelopment of this image, I
would like to request how experienced at cycling they are (ie, no cycling
experience, minimal, once a month, once a week, once a day, etc). This can
be in their words or aggregated as you see fit. My aim is to determine
whether anyone with a decent amount of cycling experience was involved
with the development of this image.

For each external person involved with the development of this image, I
would like to request the qualifications on the external party, and the
reason why they were communicated with regarding this image.

I would like to know whether the Police researched the cause of cycle
incidents prior to releasing this image. Such facts as the majority of car
vs cyclist crashes found the car driver at fault. Such research has been
done by NZTA prior, and available at
[2]https://www.transport.govt.nz/assets/Upl...
. Page 9 would most likely be of interest, showing 70% of accidents were
not the fault of cyclists.

I would like to know how this image was intended to reduce the risk to
cyclists when it is not targeting the road users that are the majority in
causing accidents to cyclists?

I would like to know whether Police are intendingon making another image,
that targets car drivers with regards to cycle safety."

I have considered your request in accordance with the Official Information
Act 1982.   Your request is refused pursuant to the following sections:

 

* Section 18(h) the request is frivolous.

The image includes the statement "Cyclists are one of our most at risk
road user groups...."  It does not state they are our 'most at risk' as
you mentioned. 
Furthermore, in reference to Page 4 of the NZTA document you provided
under the heading Risk the document states: 
'Cyclists have a number of risk factors that do not affect car drivers. 
The main risk factors are decreased stability and a much lower level of
protection than provided by a car.  In addition, a cyclist is less visible
to other road users than a car or truck.  These risk factors combined give
cyclists a high level of risk per time unit travelled, although this risk
is significantly lower than the risk carried by motorcyclists.' 
The Facebook post is intended as a general road safety message to
encourage and remind cyclists to wear a cycle helmet, use bike lights and
high visibility gear, be aware of the environment and utilise cycle lanes
when available - all of these messages are in line with the risk factors
as identified in the NZTA document you provided. 
If you are not satisfied with my response to your request you have the
right to complain to the Office of the Ombudsman and seek an investigation
and review of my decision.

Regards

Perry Dinnan

Sergeant G578

 

                             

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J Devere left an annotation ()

Good answer, and accurate.

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