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BRAKE Road Safety Week 19-25 November 2018

19/11/2018 07:00
BRAKE Road Safety Week  19th – 25th November 2018

Road Safety week is coordinated annually by the Charity Brake and involves thousands of people across the UK taking action for safer roads.  We want to raise awareness of road safety and protect those on two wheels.  Sadly, statistics indicate that cyclists and motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable road users in the UK.   Over a third of road users that are killed or seriously injured on UK roads are those travelling by bike, and more than 100 riders are injured every day in needless, preventable crashes.

During Road Safety Week we want people to be safe on the roads and encouraging people to be a BIKE SMART driver.  Here are a few simple steps to make roads safer for bicycles and motorbikes.

·         Take time to look properly before you pull out at junctions

·         Always stop behind the lines at a junction

·         Leave plenty of room when overtaking or passing bikes

·         Slow down on rural roads

·         Drive slowly in places where people live

·         Avoid car dooring by using the Dutch reach to check for bikes

Benefits of Cycling

Cycling’s popularity has really taken off in the last few years and people are making longer trips on average than ever before. As well as being a fun hobby, cycling is an excellent way to stay fit and commute short distances, and it’s much better for the environment than many other forms of transport. However, cyclists are also one of the most vulnerable groups of people on our roads, and despite efforts to improve safety, the number of cyclists killed or injured has remained shockingly high for the last 15 years.

Motorbikes – the facts

UK motorcycle ownership has risen almost 60% over the last 20 years, with more than 1.2 million motorcycles, scooters and mopeds now registered across the country.  Motorcycle travel has major benefits for reducing congestion and improving the quality of air, even though motorcyclists are some of our most vulnerable road users – they are disproportionately involved in crashes, and the resulting injuries are often severe. Raising awareness of safe driving behaviour for riders and drivers alike, and therefore limiting the number and severity of motorcycle crashes, is critical to saving lives on UK roads.

Whatever vehicle you drive, taking a few simple steps to be Bike Smart will make you a much smarter driver, and will help make roads much safer for those on two wheels.

Also, as part of Brake week, we would like to encourage everyone to take the Brake pledge.  The pledge focuses on six key points, Slow, Sober, Sharp, Silent, Secure and Sustainable.  Follow the link to sign the pledge…..

Keep an eye out on our Social Media channels for further information and guidance. @mawwfire on Twitter, Gwasanaeth Tân ac Achub CGC / MAWW Fire and Rescue on Facebook and mawwfire_rescue on Instagram​​