RoSPA Welcomes Call for Evidence on Safer Cycling and Walking

The Department for Transport (DfT) has published a call for evidence on ways to make cycling and walking safer while also increasing cycling and walking. RoSPA is pleased that the consultation covers both pedestrians and cyclists because, together, they accounted for 550 road accident deaths in Great Britain in 2016 – 31 per cent of the overall total.

RoSPA strongly supports measures that encourage healthy and sustainable travel. The key to increasing cycling and walking, and so gaining all the health and environmental benefits that result, is to create a safe on and off-road environment, improve road user attitudes and behaviour towards each other and produce safer vehicles that reduce the risk to those most vulnerable when involved in a collision. Improvements in road design, speed reduction measures and improved training and education would have a strong safety benefit for both cyclists and pedestrians.

Nick Lloyd, road safety manager at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), said: “We are really pleased that the call for evidence recognises the importance of a ‘safe systems approach’ as a way of protecting vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. It is an unfortunate reality that as humans we do make mistakes and when this happens it should not result in death or life-changing injury.

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Operation Snap Launches Wales-Wide

Motorists can now contribute to help Wales’s police forces keep roads safe by putting digital footage from dash cams and other devices to good use.

From today, as part of Operation Snap, members of the public throughout Wales can submit footage and images showing traffic offences being committed – from driving dangerously or carelessly to contravening solid white lines, using a mobile phone while driving or ignoring traffic lights.

Initially devised and piloted by the GoSafe unit in North Wales Police and the Road Casualty Reduction Partnership, the operation has now been introduced Wales-wide following further developments by South Wales Police and GoSafe. It will give members of the public the power to assist forces in taking action against those who put other road users at risk.

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Latest UK Pedestrian Casualty Statistics Prove it’s Time for a Change

More children are being hurt on Britain’s roads during the evening school run than at any other time of day – proving that it’s time the daylight savings system is changed.

The latest statistics from the Department for Transport show that of the 15,976 children hurt on Britain’s roads in 2016, nearly a quarter (22 per cent) were hurt during the hours of 3-5pm, while more than 1 in 3 of all pedestrian casualties happened between those times.

In fact, in every year since 2006 the majority of road casualties have occurred between the hours of 4-6pm; each year, the number of people killed and seriously injured on the country’s roads spikes immediately after the autumn clock change, due to the suddenly-darker evenings.

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Be Bright Be Seen This Halloween

Be safe and be seen this Halloween, is the message from Carmarthenshire County Council’s road safety team.

To coincide with the clocks going back on Sunday, 29 October the team is launching its annual ‘Be Seen’ campaign

As the evenings become dark earlier and it becomes more difficult for drivers to see pedestrians, children are being encouraged to wear bright or fluorescent clothing by day and reflective by night.

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Brighten Up! Be Safe, Be Seen

Police are urging road users to be safe as the darker mornings and evenings approach.

Sunday 29 October marks the end of British Summer Time and North Wales Police would like to remind road users to take extra care and remain vigilant when out and about.

With the clocks going back by one hour, the changes mean the days become shorter and it becomes darker much earlier and children, pedestrians and cyclists become even more vulnerable as they are less visible to motorists.

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Road Safety Is A Top Priority For Derwendeg Primary School

Pupils from Derwendeg Primary School recently took part in a road safety event, as well as overseeing the installation of a new 20MPH zone outside the school.

Members of Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Road Safety Team were joined by Cllr Sean Morgan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Sustainability, who awarded a trophy to the class who travel most sustainably to school.

Competition was fierce, with the majority of children in the school choosing to walk or cycle, with the winning class having 85% of children travelling to school in this way. The competition will now be held every term.

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New Safe Crossing Point Installed at Treforest Industrial Estate

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has installed a new safe crossing point at Treforest Industrial Estate, following a significant joint investment with the University of South Wales (USW).

The £150,000 project has seen a toucan crossing introduced at Main Avenue (A4054), located between the USW Sports Park and Powys Road junctions. It provides a safe crossing point for pedestrians and cyclists on the main road through the industrial estate, with Treforest Estate Railway Station nearby.

Following the installation of the new traffic signal controlled pedestrian crossing, the traffic signals were commissioned on Tuesday, October 3, and are now fully operational.

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Best Foot Forward in Caerphilly

Caerphilly puts its best foot forward for Walk to School Week 2017

A record number of children across Caerphilly took part in Walk to School Week 2017, ditching the car in favour of fresh air and exercise!

An impressive 8,000 pupils across 32 Primary Schools took part in the annual initiative which celebrates the health and social benefits of walking to school. Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Road safety Team deliver resources to those schools taking part, working closely with pupil Eco Committees and Junior Road Safety Officers in order to allow the pupils to help run the activities in school. As a result, schools have reported less traffic and congestion and pupils have been wide awake and ready to learn by the time they arrive at school, these are two of the most important immediate effects of walking to school.

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Hundreds Of Pupils Take Part In ‘Walk To School Week’

Schoolchildren in Pembrokeshire have been putting their best forward in the annual Walk to School week.

The national campaign aims to reverse the decline in the number of children who walk to school - which has dropped from 70% to less than half in a generation.

The national event was supported by Pembrokeshire County Council's Road Safety Team.

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Pedestrian and Young People Casualities 2015

The Welsh Government recently released bulletins detailing Pedestrian and Young People Casualties 2015.

Briefly, they show:


All pedestrian casualties

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