UK Road Safety Week 2019, which takes place between 18-24 November, will encourage road users to ‘step up’ and play a part in the creation of a safe and healthy future.
Established by Brake more than 20 years ago, Road Safety Week seeks to raise public awareness of road safety issues, and is intended to act as ‘the driver for positive change on UK roads’.
The annual event aims to inspire teachers, youth workers and early-learning educators to engage pupils of all ages in lessons and activities that encourage safe and responsible road use.
The theme for 2019 is ‘Step up for Safe Streets’ – with Brake asking all road users to ‘learn about, shout about and celebrate the design-led solutions that can enable everyone to get around in safe and healthy ways, every day’.
The focus is on how design can stop human error from causing death or serious injury on the roads, can encourage walking and cycling, and can make sure that the air is clean.
Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said: “Road Safety Week provides a unique opportunity, every year, to focus the public, organisations and policy-makers’ attention on the importance of road safety.
“With someone being killed or seriously injury on a British road every 20 minutes, each one a preventable tragedy, there is still huge progress to be made.
“We believe that it is everyone’s human right to be able to get around in a safe and healthy way every day.”