Road Safety Week: partnership work in Lancashire & the ‘Dutch reach’

09.07 | 23 November 2018 |

As Road Safety Week begins to draw to a close, we take a look at the latest initiatives and events taking place across the UK.

Organised annually in November by the road safety charity Brake, Road Safety Week provides an opportunity for communities to take action on road safety – and a focal point for professionals to boost road safety awareness and engagement.

Using the theme ‘Bike Smart’, Road Safety Week 2018 (19-25 Nov) is raising awareness about the importance of protecting those on two wheels. Areas of focus include safe riding behaviours and the importance of appropriate training, clothing and equipment.

Lancashire: partnership work order of the day
Lancashire Road Safety Partnership has teamed up with colleagues across the county to mark Road Safety Week with a series of events.

Partners include: Blackburn with Darwen Council, British Transport Police, Lancashire Constabulary, Wasted Lives, Connect East Lancashire and Lancashire County Council. 

Activities during Road Safety Week have included:

  • Promoting the benefits of Bikeability within schools
  • Demonstrating ‘SafePass’; reminding drivers of the importance of leaving at least 1.5 metres between their vehicle and a cyclist
  • Encouraging commuters to cycle and walk more with Connect East Lancashire
  • An online campaign as part of ‘Wasted Lives’, highlighting the benefits of protective kit to young riders through #SaveYourSkin
  • Teaming up with childminders and nurseries to highlight safe places to cross, and discuss in car safety with children and parents

Virtual cycle tour in Glasgow

Learn the ‘Dutch reach’

London: walking and cycling commissioner’s blog
Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, has penned a blog for Road Safety Week – highlighting how the better design of HGVs is vital to improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

Essex: activities draw to a close
A busy Road Safety Week in Essex is culminating with activities – including Bikeability training – in schools across the county including in Tendring, Brentwood, Southend-on-Sea and Chelmsford.

In Halstead, the Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) has organised a ‘SERP day’ to raise awareness of road safety issues.

What happened across the country?
Throughout Road Safety Week we’ve published a daily news update covering the events and initiatives taking place around the country.

A big thank you to all the road safety teams who have supplied information and photos to make this possible.



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