Nearly £200k has been awarded to fund a project which will provide local authorities with a specialist resource to help understand the risks to vulnerable road users in towns and cities.
The resource, being produced by the Road Safety Foundation, aims to help authorities identify cost effective improvements targeted at reducing fatal and serious injuries among all road user groups.
It is also designed to highlight the environmental benefits of introducing different traffic measures in urban areas.
On 29 April, the project was announced as the first recipient in the latest round of funding from the Road Safety Trust – under the theme ‘innovative traffic calming and provision for vulnerable road users’.
The Road Safety Foudation will receive £199,876 for the project.
Sally Lines, chief executive of Road Safety Trust, said: “We are pleased to be able to provide the Road Safety Foundation with funding to help achieve our vision of zero deaths and serious injuries on UK roads.
“We want to make the roads safer for all users in particular vulnerable road users which includes pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.”
Kate Fuller, road safety engineering director of the Road Safety Foundation, says the resource will provide local authorities a greater suite of evidence-based countermeasure options to improve the safety of vulnerable road users.
She said: “The improved tools will help authorities to better analyse their urban road networks and identify cost effective improvements targeted at reducing fatal and serious injuries.
“We would like to thank the Road Safety Trust for their help and funding for this extremely important project.”
The Road Safety Trust is a registered charity which supports projects and research aimed at making the UK roads safer for all road users.
More information on the other five projects to receive funding in the current round of grants provided by the Road Safety Trust will be announced in the coming weeks.