Road Safety Week 2018
20 November 2018 by Rhian Lowe
Monday 19th November marked the beginning of Road Safety Week, coordinated by the charity Brake. This year the focus will be on raising public awareness over the safety of cyclists and motorcyclists.
The number of cyclists in the UK is increasing at a rapid pace yet cyclists and motorcyclists remain the most vulnerable of all UK road users. Statistics show that in 2016 there were more than 18,000 casualties involving cyclists and more than 19,000 involving motorcyclists. It is reported that more than 100 bike riders are injured every day in preventable crashes.
So this year Brake are encouraging people to be Bike Smart.
There are three main aims to this year’s campaign:
- To encourage policymakers to implement changes that protect cyclists including cycle-friendly infrastructure and life-saving technology.
- To remind drivers of other vehicles to be Bike Smart, look out for bike riders, reduce their speed and give the riders plenty of space.
- To remind cyclists and motorcyclists to also remain Bike Smart by practicing safety riding behaviours and ensuring they have the correct training and equipment before taking to the road.
By adopting this year’s theme for Road Safety Week, Bike Smart, Brake is hoping to deliver safer journeys which encourage cyclists onto the roads. In turn, it hopes to reduce congestion and improve public health with fewer risks of injury or fatalities.
Throughout the week, businesses and individuals will be raising awareness for bike safety through talks, challenges and banners and Brake is encouraging everyone to take part.
To find out more visit their website http://www.brake.org.uk/.
If you have already been involved in an accident on a bicycle or motorcycle that wasn’t your fault, the personal injury team at Fisher Jones Greenwood may be able to pursue a no win no fee claim for compensation on your behalf. To speak to a Solicitor who can assess your claim please call 01206 700113 or email [email protected]
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