A Bright Future For Cycling in Merthyr Tydfil

Thanks to funding from the Welsh Government, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council has launched a new scheme through the purchase of balance and learn to ride bikes.

During the first week of operation the initiative has been extremely well received by participating schools and great achievements have been made. Some pupils became confident enough in their new skills to ride without stabilisers for the very first time.

Well done to all involved!

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Road Safety Wales Poster Competition

When we’re walking, cycling or scooting to school, or when we’re out playing with our friends in the community, we want to be able to get there safely without being hurt by a driver who is drunk or has taken drugs.

We also want our family to stay safe if they’re driving, so we need to let people know that driving when drunk or after taking drugs is dangerous and could really hurt someone.

Road Safety Wales is inviting young people aged up to 18 from across Wales to design a poster that highlights how drink or drug driving can affect innocent road users. The winning entries will be shared on Road Safety Wales Partner social media channels.

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Nextbike Scheme Under Threat

The long-term future of Cardiff’s bike-share scheme could be under threat if theft, vandalism and threats against staff continue, warns operator Nextbike.

Since launching in 2018, Nextbike has attracted 136,000 customers with more than 1.2million trips undertaken. However, despite its popularity, the operators have now suspended the scheme in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

UK managing director, Krysia Solheim, said, “The amount of vandalism and theft that we have seen is simply staggering and not something we’ve experienced to the same extent anywhere else in the UK.

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Children Stop Drivers For Speeding Outside Schools As Part Of Llanelli North 20mph Campaign

Speeding drivers have been stopped by children in Llanelli for going over the 20mph limit outside their schools and asked to explain themselves.

Pupils from Ysgol Penygaer, Ysgol Dewi Sant and Ysgol Y Felin have been taking action to slow down motorists.

A total of 33 drivers were stopped by the schoolchildren (including five for not wearing a seatbelt), supported by Carmarthenshire County Council’s road safety unit and officers from Dyfed-Powys Police, GoSafe, and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

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Never Drive With An Unrestrained Pet In Your Vehicle

Safe driving demands your full attention and an unobstructed view of the road; anything less increases the risk of a collision and potential injury.

We all know that using a mobile phone at the wheel and other in-vehicle distractions are significant risk factors, but have you thought about the importance of carrying your pet safely in your vehicle?

It’s an issue often overlooked, but even the most well behaved animal can become frightened by something unusual and react in a way which compromises the safety of the driver, passengers and other road users.

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Success at the British Firefighter Challenge

Congratulations go to the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue team who took part in the British Firefighter Challenge earlier this month at Moreton-in-Marsh.

The British Firefighter Challenge is an annual sporting event which pushes firefighters to their limits, provides a day of entertainment for spectators, and raises funds for the Firefighters Charity.

MAWWFRS came 3rd overall and Watch Manager Dom Norcross was presented with the silver medal for his age group category

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Consultation on Cardiff’s New Bus Strategy

A new strategy, which aims to double the number of people who use buses in Cardiff, reduce congestion and improve air quality, is open for public consultation.

The eight-week consultation seeks views on Cardiff Council's nine-point strategy to improve bus services in the city for both residents and commuters, including:

  • Introducing cheaper fares;
  • Working with Transport for Wales (TfW) to develop an integrated ticketing system which works with the Metro;
  • Getting more low-emission buses on the road;
  • Building infrastructure which will make bus travel easier and quicker; and
  • Creating a better customer service.

To fill in the short survey and give your views, please click here

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Residents Agree Plans to Extend Average Speed Cameras

Residents in parts of Merthyr Vale, Plymouth and Treharris Wards have agreed with proposals to extend the planned average speed cameras along the A4054 (Cardiff Road).

The public consultation exercise, which took place August to September 2021, prompted over 1200 responses from residents, road users and members of the wider public, with over 63% of people agreeing with the installation of the cameras.

The consultation was carried out after speed surveys identified ‘excessive speeding on a continuous basis’ along the road, meaning action was urgently needed to improve road safety.  Several options were considered, and average speed cameras were deemed the most effective solution to reduce speeding.

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Looking Out For Vulnerable Road Users As The Clocks Change

With the clocks being turned back one hour this weekend and daylight hours growing shorter, Road Safety Wales is reminding road users to take extra care and remain vigilant when out and about in the dark.

The arrival of autumn often brings worsening weather and reduced visibility, increasing the risk of collisions, particularly involving vulnerable road users such as children, older people, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

Teresa Ciano, Chair of Road Safety Wales, called for extra vigilance as darker evenings begin; “Darkness creates more challenging conditions for road users. Motorists should drive considerately and reduce their speed to meet the traffic and weather conditions.

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Update on 20mph Speed Limit in Flintshire

Flintshire County Council is now in a position to provide an update on the proposal to implement a 20mph speed limit across the residential areas of Buckley, New Brighton and Mynydd Isa.

The proposal is now progressing to the next stage, following discussions with the Welsh Government and is aimed at supporting the development of a national roll out of 20mph speed limits across Wales.  

Following a detailed consultation process, all unclassified roads (30mph) in the proposed area will be reduced to 20mph with the exception of the A549 between Wylfa Roundabout and Dirty Mile, Dobshill (this will also become 20mph if, as proposed, the national rollout begins in 2023).  

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