Road safety news in brief w/comm 20 November:
- £30m to improve road safety for communities along HS2 route (24 Nov)
- 20’s Plenty founder recognised with ‘Light of Hope’ Award (21 Nov)
- Road Safety Week discount on ‘Kiddie shaped signs’ (20 Nov)
- Funding boost for child road safety charity (20 Nov)
Click here to read the road safety news in brief from week commencing 13 November.
24 Nov: 10.30
£30m to improve road safety for communities along HS2 route
The Government has announced that towns and villages along the route of the new High Speed Two railway will receive £30m to help improve road and cycle safety.
Funding for 13 areas along the Phase One route of the new rail line between London and the West Midlands has been revealed by HS2 minister Paul Maynard today (24 Nov) as part of Road Safety Week.
The cash can be used for traffic calming measures, safer pedestrian crossings or safer junctions for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers.
Paul Maynard said: “This significant investment will mean a legacy of road and cycle safety improvements for people who live and work along the HS2 route between London and the West Midlands.
“This money will see areas up and down the route benefit from high quality road and cycle safety projects to ensure that England’s roads remain among the safest in the world.”
TUESDAY 21 NOVEMBER
21 Nov: 09.45
20’s Plenty founder recognised with ‘Light of Hope’ Award
Rod King MBE, founder of 20’s Plenty for Us, has been recognised by the Irish Road Victims Association (IRVA) for his efforts in voluntarily campaigning for 20mph speed limits since 2005.
Picture via IRVA. Donna Price, founder and chairperson of IRVA, presenting award to Rod King MBE
Mr King was presented with IRVA’s Global ‘Light of Hope’ Award 2017 in Mullingar, Ireland on 19 November, the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. The award was presented for the ‘great efforts’ Mr King has made with the 20’s Plenty for Us campaign and for working with the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the Slow Down Day Toolkit which has been shared globally.
Rod King MBE, said: “It is always pleasant to receive an award, but when you have been judged as deserving by people who lost loved ones through road crashes then it is also humbling. Speed is implicated in almost every crash, it not only blights our public spaces but for some takes away lives."
MONDAY 20 NOVEMBER
20 Nov: 16.45
Road Safety Week discount on ‘Kiddie shaped signs’
In support of Road Safety Week (20-26 Nov) a Yorkshire-based manufacturer is offering a 10% discount on its range of ‘kiddie shaped’ signs.
The signs, produced by Signs2Schools, are available in a number of formats with the option to include a lollipop message stick. The most popular messages include ‘think before you park’, ‘don’t park on the zig zags’, ‘caution children’ and ‘slow down’.
As well as Kiddies in school uniform colours, the company is also now producing signs featuring police officers, school crossing patrol officers, a mum, baby and pushchair and a disabled child in a wheelchair.
Another new feature is the option of reflective graphics to make the signs more clearly visible.
For more information, contact Carol McDonald via email.
To obtain the 10% discount, use the code Carol10% when ordering.
20 Nov: 15.30
Funding boost for child road safety charity
A recruitment firm in the Midlands has donated £10,000 to DriveSafe & StaySafe, the road safety charity behind the Conies initiative.
The Conies are an animated family of traffic cones that take part in ‘amusing and instructive’ adventures to help children improve their road safety.
The Conies are the brainchild of Fay Goodman, director of DriveSafe & StaySafe, who recently went on a musical fundraising tour across Europe.
Pertemps Network Group matched the money raised by the charity from busking and other musical fundraising events
Fay Goodman said: “I am delighted by this generous donation which will help turn our ambitious plans to reality, and I hope that other high profile companies will follow this wonderful lead.”
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