Category Archives: Road Safety

UK: SAFETY TIPS FOR CYCLISTS IN LONDON

ENGLAND: DFT CYCLING DELIVERY PLAN

The Department of Transport has outlined a10 year strategy on plans to increase cycling and walking across England.

The cycling delivery plan includes an ambition to double cycling levels by 2025 and increase the percentage of school children aged 5 to 10 years walking to school to 55% by 2025.

SCOTLAND: NEW ROAD SAFETY APP FOR CHILDREN

A new road safety app aimed at 8-11 year olds has been downloaded over 17,000 times since it was launched just over a week ago by Transport Minister Derek Mackay. The app called ‘KLANG: The Road Home’ has been developed by Road Safety Scotland, part of Transport Scotland, and the Scottish Government using gaming technology to get across important road safety messages

UK: SAFETY SIGNPOST: ILLEGAL CAR SEATS THAT RIP APART ON IMPACT AT 30MPH HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED ON SALE IN THE UK

Surrey Trading Standards and Which? have issued a warning over illegal car seats that pose a serious threat to child safety. When the seats were tested it was found that the fabric did not meet the British safety standards.  CAPT is urging parents to buy car seats made by established companies, and where possible have them fitted by an expert.

 

WORLD: #SAVEKIDSLIVES

The #SaveKidsLives is a  Worldwide and official campaign for the Third United Nations Global Road Safety Week (4-10 May 2015). This campaign is calling for action to save children’s lives on the road around the World.

WORLD: BLOOMBERG INITIATIVE FOR GLOBAL ROAD SAFETY (BIGRS) 2015-2019

10 Cities and 5 countries have been selected to take part in the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) 2015-2019. This programme aims to reduce fatalities and injuries from road traffic crashes in low- and middle-income countries.  The chosen cities will receive support in implementing road safety initiatives; technical assistance from the world’s leading road safety organizations and training to police officers and relevant staff.

UK: ILLEGAL CAR SEATS THAT RIP APART ON IMPACT AT 30MPH HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED ON SALE IN THE UK

Surrey Trading Standards and Which? have issued a warning over illegal car seats that pose a serious threat to child safety.

WORLD: WHO-ONLINE LIBRARY OF ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGNS

WHO recently launched an online library of road safety video and audio campaigns to inspire governments and other agencies wishing to develop their own mass media campaigns.

UK: RoSPA LAUNCH NEW CHILD SAFETY SEAT WEBSITE

The UK charity RoSPA is launching its Child Car Seat website, offering advice on which seat to choose for your child and car and how to use them, the law and things drivers ought to know if they carry other people’s children in the car. This new website helps parents make the right choices.

ENGLAND: LONDON TO BAN LORRIES WITH WHICH HAVE NO PROTECTION FOR CYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS

Officials to introduce requirement for trucks to fit side guards and better mirrors, with hefty charge for non-compliance.

 

UK: CAN A PAPER HELMET PROTECT CYCLISTS HEADS?

Half a million cycle trips are made each day in London, and a recent spate of deaths has put cycle safety at the top of the agenda.

One thing that can be important for safe cycling is a well-fitted cycle helmet.

Most helmets are made from polystyrene, but Dr Ayan Panja has been finding out how humble sheets of paper – arranged in an ingenious way – can offer even more protection.

 

UK: TAKE HEAD INJURIES SERIOUSLY AND TREAT QUICKLY, SAYS NICE

Children and adults who suffer a head injury should be taken straight to a hospital with resuscitation facilities to avoid potentially serious complications, including disability or death, says NICE.

In an update to existing guidelines, NICE stresses the importance of early detection and prompt treatment for head injuries. Patients who have suffered a head injury but also begin to show particular signs that the injury may be serious or potentially life-threatening, such as seizures, fracture skull or loss of consciousness, should be given a CT brain scan within one hour.

WORLD: WHO LAUNCHES NEW TOOL TO SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT OF STRONG ROAD SAFETY MASS MEDIA CAMPAIGNS

WHO has launched an online library of road safety mass media campaigns, a new resource for governments and civil society organizations. The library, which contains some of the world’s most impactful road safety video and audio campaigns, is intended as inspiration for those planning to produce their own campaigns by offering a range of creative ideas and concepts.

‘DEAR MOTORIST’- NEW INITIATIVE TO REDUCE CYCLING FATALITIES IN THE USA

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

In the last 10 years nearly 7,000 cyclists have been hit and killed in cyclist-motorist accidents. The goal of the ‘Dear Motorist’ initiative is to reduce that number by creating an alliance      between Cyclists and Motorists to be more aware of each other and to share the road. The website is encouraging cyclists and motorists to pledge to be more aware of their surroundings on the road, by committing to drive and cycle as responsibly as they can.

 

INFOGRAPHIC- WASTED LIVES: CHILD ACCIDENTS AND DEATHS

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 2013

The Safegaurding Children e-Academy has created an infographic giving information about child accidents and deaths. The resource is downloadable as a poster and gives statistics on the number of deaths, hospital admissions, and road accidents that occur in England and Wales. You can access this resource online at http://www.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk/wasted_lives_child_accidents_and_deaths

GO SAFE SCOTLAND – NEW SAFETY TOOL FOR CHILDREN

An interactive safety resource for primary school children in Scotland, called Go Safe Scotland, has been launched in Glasgow.  This resource will help to deliver key safety messages and support the aims of the Curriculum for Excellence.  Many partners have been involved throughout the creation of the resource and RoSPA in Scotland is pleased to be involved with this great initiative.

KIDS IN THE CAR CAMPAIGN

Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Transport and Veterans, has launched Road Safety Scotland’s new and ground-breaking Parental Influence campaign.  The aim of this campaign is to reduce casualty rates, now and in the future, through encouraging parents to think about how important they are as role models to their children in the car.

 

SAFE STREET PLAY

Country: UK
Date: 2013
Playing Out is a not-for-profit information and advice resource for street play, which aims to increase children’s safe access to informal play in residential streets

UN GLOBAL ROAD SAFETY WEEK

Countries Covered: World
Date: 2013

The Second UN Global Road Safety Week took place on 6-12 May 2013. This week drew attention to the urgent need to better protect pedestrians worldwide.

 

 

BRIGHTON AND HOVE INTRODUCE EXTENSIVE 20MPH SPEED ZONE

Countries Covered: England
Date: 2103

Brighton and Hove Council is one of the latest to adopt a 20mph speed limit in most roads in central Brighton and Hove. Read more about the council’s approach and the benefits of 20mph zones.

‘SAFE DRIVE STAY ALIVE’

An award winning initiative to prevent young people being killed or seriously injured on our roads. A live stage show based around a filmed reconstruction of a road traffic collision delivering hard-hitting messages about the dangers associated with driving.

BBC DOCUMENTARY ‘LICENSE TO KILL’ HIGHLIGHTS THE DANGERS FACED BY YOUNG DRIVERS

After her own accident left her unable to walk, Sophie Morgan wants to know why traffic collisions are the single biggest killer of young people – and how that can be stopped. With exclusive access and insight into a number of high profile cases from the moment of the crash through to resolution in the courts, she meets people who, like her, have seen their lives changed forever in a single instant – whether they were injured or they were driving the car.

 

NEW GO20 CAMPAIGN

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

A new national campaign, Go 20, is set to encourage drivers in the UK to slow their speed to 20 mph in their communities and built up areas so that children, families and adults can walk and cycle in safety. Brake charity is heading the campaign to raise awareness amongst drivers. NHF is a supporter of the campaign. Visit the Road Safety Week website to read more about the Go 20 campaign.

RoSPA – ACTION STILL NEEDED TO SAVE LIVES 30 YEARS AFTER SEATBELT LAW

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

Greater compliance with seatbelt legislation could help save lives in road crashes says RoSPA, as it marks the 30th anniversary of the law coming into force. There is evidence to show that seatbelt use in Great Britain remains high, with 95 per cent of car drivers and front seat passengers complying with the law. But RoSPA is concerned that seatbelt use is lower in the rear of cars (89 per cent) and in the front seat of other vehicles (69 per cent).

BRIGHT IDEA TO TACKLE CYCLISTS’ DEATHS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

A graduate entrepreneur has invented a handlebar mounted bike lightwhich projects a laser image of a cyclist on to the road ahead, in an attempt to cut cyclist deaths.  Her invention, ‘Blaze’, gives an early warning to drivers and pedestrians of a cyclist’s presence, aiming to combat this type of collision. Ms Brooke is currently attempting to raise £25,000 on ‘crowd-funding’ site Kickstarter to fund manufacturing of the product.

BLINDSPOT SYSTEM SHOULD IMPROVE CYCLISTS’ SAFETY

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

In a move to attempt to reduce cyclist casualties in London, Transport for London (TfL) has approved a detection system which warns a HGV driver if there is a cyclist, pedestrian or other vehicle in a blind spot.
Of the 16 cyclist fatalities in London during 2011, nine involved a HGV.
To help combat this, TFL has approved the use of the ‘Blindspot Detection System’, produced by Bridgend-based company Backwatch, for its Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

LONDON ROAD SAFETY COUNCIL CALLS FOR RENEWED GOVERNMENT COMMITMENT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

The London Road Safety Council (LRSC) has criticised the Governmentfor a lack of leadership in tackling road deaths and has called for renewed commitment to road safety.  The LRSC comprises officer and elected member representatives from the 33 London boroughs.

ETSC LAUNCHES SAFER CYCLING INITIATIVE

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2012

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has launched an initiative to improve the safety of cyclists on European roads. ‘BIKE PAL’ will begin with a thorough analysis of cycling safety in EU member states, which will include ranking countries according to their level of safety.

For more information contact Mircea Steriu, ETSC communications officer, on mircea.steriu@etsc.eu

ONLINE VIDEO EDUCATES CYCLISTS AND DRIVERS OF HEAVY GOODS VEHICLES ABOUT SAFETY SHARING THE ROAD

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2010

new on-line video has been produced to educate cyclists and drivers of heavy goods vehicles (HGV) about safely sharing the road, particularly in urban areas.  The initiative was led by the Road Safety Authority in association with the Department of Transport, Dublin City Council, Local Authorities, Irish Road Haulage Association and Cyclist.ie.

‘EMBRACE LIFE’ SEAT BELT CAMPAIGN VIDEO

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2010

An extremely popular seat belt campaign developed by Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) has released a video.

MAKE ROADS SAFE CAMPAIGN

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2009

The ‘Make Roads Safe’ report, endorsed by the world’s leading road safety experts, urges UN governments attending the first ever global governmental conference on road safety in Moscow in November, to support a ‘Decade of Action for Road Safety’ between 2010-2020. During the Decade the international community should invest in a $300 million action plan to catalyse traffic injury prevention and re-focus national road safety policies and budgets.