Road users in Birmingham have been invited to contribute to the development of a new road safety strategy for the city, developed in conjunction with RoSPA.
Councillor James McKay, whose portfolio includes road safety, said: “Long-term trends show a fall in accidents and fatalities on our roads – but we must not let that lull us into a false sense of security. That is why we are seeking input and feedback that will help us shape a new road safety strategy for Birmingham.
“Whether you are a pedestrian, motorists, cyclist, lorry driver, motorbike rider or anyone else who has a reason to use our roads, we want to hear from you.”
The draft strategy has three broad strands: Safer Roads, Safer People and Safer Vehicles.
Nick Lloyd, road safety manager for RoSPA, said: “Birmingham City Council have developed a road safety strategy which has a clear vision and tangible action plans targeting those most at risk.
“We are encouraged to see that the council is adopting the World Health Organisation’s Safe Systems Approach. This recognises that people make mistakes, and given this, roads are designed in a way so that mistakes do not frequently result in death or serious injury. By adopting this approach Birmingham’s roads will become much safer.”
Anyone wishing to offer feedback on the strategy will be able to review the document and related materials on the council’s website later this week at www.birmingham.gov.uk/roadsafetystrategy
The final version of the strategy is expected to be approved by the end of 2015.