Posted on: May 21, 2020 at 10:43 AM    

There have been so many numbers communicated to us on a daily basis during the Covid-19 lockdown. Everyday, many New Zealanders tuned to the 1 o’clock news to listen to the latest update from Dr Ashley Bloomfield and find out how many new Covid-19 cases there were. 

Here’s some of the numbers that really stand out for me (as at 20th May 2020):

28 – Friday 28 February first Covid-19 case in NZ

4 – Alert levels 1 – 4 announced by the Government

5 – A team of 5 million joining together to fight Covid-19

1503 – The number of Covid-19 cases in NZ

21 – deaths related to Covid-19

1676 – recorded injuries on NZ roads since 28 February

50 – deaths on NZ roads since 28 February (6 were pedestrians or cyclists)

Yes, you read that last number right. The number of people killed on our roads since 28 February was more than double those killed by COVID-19. However that number is low compared to the 98 road deaths across the same time period last year, when traffic volumes were at a normal level. Interestingly, about the same number of people were injured in a road crash, as those who got sick from COVID-19 during this period.

Our 5 million people in NZ have bravely joined together to fight and attempt to eliminate Covid-19 in our country. Imagine if these same 5 million people joined together to fight to eliminate road deaths and serious injuries. 

As we start to open up the country and more people get behind the wheel again, let’s add a couple more things to think about:

  • Put your seatbelt on
  • Look both ways
  • Don’t speed
  • Don’t drink or drug drive
  • Wash your hands
  • Be kind to everyone out there on our roads (wheeled or on foot).

This is the seventh blog in our series of 'Bubble Blogs'. During the Covid-19 lockdown, our 'People and Places' team have been reflecting on insights and experiences related to the work that we do. See also:

Bubble Blog #1: Reclaiming the Streets

Bubble Blog #2: Repurposing our infrastructure

Bubble Blog #3: Walking Superheroes

Bubble Blog #4: Can we make the good behaviours stick?

Bubble Blog #5: When the car is away, people shall play

Bubble Blog #6: What we lost in Level 3 - and how we can get it back

Keep an eye out for Bubble Blog #8!

Blog written by Penny Gray, Principal Transportation Engineer 

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