As Road Safety Week enters a fourth day, we take a look at the latest initiatives and events taking place across the UK.
What’s happening in your area?
Throughout Road Safety Week we are running a daily news update covering what’s happening around the country. Simply send details of your activities by email to Edward Seaman at Road Safety News and we’ll feature them in our roundup.
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.
MPs take part in virtual reality ride
A number of MPs took part in a virtual reality cycle experience during a road safety event held at the House of Commons. The technology was provided by Ford – one of the Road Safety Week sponsors.
Great turn out at our #RoadSafetyWeek event in @HouseofCommons yesterday. Lots of MPs came along to find out more about being #BikeSmart and try a VR cycling experience courtesy of @forduk. @Metcalfe_SBET @PM4EastRen @LizMcInnes_MP @PreetKGillMP pic.twitter.com/ke9B7JT4Tg
— Brake (@Brakecharity) November 21, 2018
First aid resources launched for motorcyclists
A toolkit of first aid resources, designed to deliver life-saving messages to motorcyclists, has been launched as part of Road Safety Week.
Rider First Aid – created by road safety charity Brake, British Red Cross and Devitt Insurance Services – gives basic advice on what to do when first on the scene of a crash involving a motorcycle.
The toolkit is aimed at riders but gives useful advice for anyone who could be first on the scene of a crash. It includes free posters and postcards, and an interactive quiz to test first aid knowledge.
The advice focuses on four key areas of first aid, reflecting the most common injuries sustained by motorcycle riders: broken limbs, heavy bleeding, unresponsive and breathing, and unresponsive and not breathing.
Essex: fourth day of Road Safety Week events
Among the highlights of today’s events in Essex are two Community Speed Watch schemes taking place in Southend and Harwich. A Community Speed Watch event also took place yesterday in Chelmsford.
Four schools across the county are hosting Bikeability training (Level 2) – with road safety activities planned at three further schools.
The Safer Essex Roads Partnership is hosting a ‘SERP Day’ in Billericay, raising awareness of the importance of road safety.
Partnership work in Waltham Forest
As part of #RoadSafteyWeek we’ve partnered with emergency services @MPSWForest @LFBWForest to hold a roadshow for the public and local school children in Walthamstow Town Square Gardens. @Brakecharity pic.twitter.com/p2rTIdSWg3
— WalthamForestCouncil (@wfcouncil) November 21, 2018
BMW revamps ‘Safe on the Streets’ resource
BMW has revamped its award-winning ‘Safe on the Streets’ resource – designed to help children become aware of the risks faced during their journey to and from school.
The resource covers all aspects of road safety including in the car and active travel – and consists of a range of activity sheets and online modules, along with notes for teachers.
To help children stay safe during the winter months, BMW is encouraging them to wear something bright and reflective, cross the road at the marked crossings, avoid distractions and behave responsibly on scooters and bikes.
What’s happening in your area?
Throughout Road Safety Week we will be running a daily news update covering what’s happening around the country. Simply send details of your activities by email to Edward Seaman at Road Safety News and we’ll feature them in our roundup.