Embracing a new way of working in an intensive and collaborative sprint to reduce harm to road workers from speeding drivers.
Learn more about a five-day design sprint, bringing together stakeholders across the transport construction sector.
Motorists who speed through road construction sites put workers at risk of harm. How might we better educate drivers and create a safer system to protect road workers from injury?
The reasons that some drivers might speed through construction sites are varied, so a range of solutions is needed to see a meaningful reduction in harm to road workers. To develop these targeted solutions, we gathered a small team with varied skills to draw on a diverse set of expertise to work through a design sprint framework.
The framework followed the Google Ventures format(external link), and included these five key steps:
The design sprint was held over a week, including site visits to roadworks in progress, and utilised input from NZ Transport Agency staff, NZ Police, Worksafe, several contractors, the Auckland Motorways Alliance, and other aligned parties.
The team came up with 209 entries on how to reduce harm to road workers, of which the most promising were then refined into storyboards and a prototype taken out to be tested with drivers and road workers.
Key elements included the ability to dynamically change speed restrictions to be appropriate to the level of hazards on site at the time (e.g. reduced speed in the presence of workers), removing human operators where possible (e.g. automated stop/go signs), and both monitoring and enforcing speed restrictions through point-to-point speed cameras.
Work is now underway to assess feasibility and impact of these ideas (many of which are already underway), and progress them towards implementation.