Road Safety

Kickstart Roadside

The Kickstart Roadside initiative is all about encouraging motorcycle riders to develop new skills that will keep them safe when on the road.

Events are held in Canterbury each spring to promote safe road use. The event includes demonstrations, workshops,  motorcycle trainers and retailers on site, competitions and more.  Kickstart is a collaboration between Christchurch City Council, Waimakariri and Selwyn District Councils with the support of Police, motorcycle trainers,  MSAC, ACC, retailers and more.

This October, Kickstart Roadside events are being held. Take a break on your weekend ride at one of our Kickstart Roadside events. You can register your interest on Facebook.

There will be free coffee and great prizes up for grabs.

Sunday 6 October, 9am–3pm
Tai Tapu (on the main road)

Saturday 12 October, 9am–3pm
Little River (on the main road)

Sunday 20 October, 9am–3pm
Oxford Town Hall (on the main road)

Plus a chance to chat to motorcycle trainers and get information on the Ride Forever motorcycle skills courses. These courses are heavily subsidised and sponsored by ACC.

Attend any Kickstart Roadside event and you can go into the draw to win $200 worth of free motorcycle gear or servicing from your choice of motorcycle retailer.

Attend one of the events and a Ride Forever course between 1 September and 30 November 2019 and you can go into the draw for $1000 worth of motorcycle gear or servicing from your choice of motorcycle retailer.

Find out more about the Ride Forever courses.

We look forward to seeing you at our Kickstart Roadside events in October!

Road safety is a prime focus for the Waimakariri District Council.

Reporting problems

Problems with roads and footpaths can be reported 24 hours a day, seven days a week to our Customer Services Team on 0800 965 468 or use Snap Send Solve.

If there has been a serious crash please contact emergency services on 111.

If you wish to report road incidents which are urgent but not life threatening dial *555. This includes such things as non-injury crashes, traffic congestion, breakdowns and obstructions on the highway. More information and resources can be found here.

Road safety in our district

A number of key partners are involved in road safety in the Waimakariri District. These include the Council, Police, Transport Agency, Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and Environment Canterbury. In addition, there are also a number of other agencies, groups and individuals who regularly work with the Council. These parties form the Waimakariri Road Safety Committee; the committee meets every two months to discuss road safety issues.

Each year the Waimakariri Road Safety Action Plan, agreed upon by the Road Safety Committee and Council, sets out the priority areas, actions, responsibilities and measures concerning road safety in the district.

The Vision for our district is a safe road system that is increasingly free of death and serious injury.

The target areas of focus for the 2019/20 year are:

  • Young drivers
  • Rural road loss of control/head on (including speed)
  • Intersections – rural and urban
  • Motorcyclists
  • Older road users

Areas of concern are:

  • Vulnerable road users
  • Drink/drug driving

Contact information

Kathy Graham
Road Safety Coordinator
Waimakariri District Council
Phone: 0800 965 468 ext 8938
Email: kathy.graham@wmk.govt.nz