Barry Bike Club Celebrated

Members of Barry Bike Club at Tŷ Iolo, Barry, were awarded for their hard work at the club’s final session of the year.

The club was first introduced at Tŷ Iolo play area, through the Vale of Glamorgan's Communities First programme, to help reduce health inequities through the promotion of physical activity.

Following a revamp to the club in April this year, the sessions have attracted more than 89 children to the Tŷ Iolo play area, with participants learning to cycle safely in an off-road environment, how to balance through scooting, and how to safely start, stop and negotiate turns.

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Autumn Motorcycling

With shorter days and colder temperatures, motorcyclists are being reminded how essential it is to check that lights are working properly and that any kit they wear is in good condition.

Weather conditions are changeable at this time of year; cold nights can catch you unaware and lower temperatures bring morning frost and ice. In its latest blog, Wales by Bike is reminding bikers to never be complacent because shaded areas and bridges take longer to thaw and could still be wet and icy long after the sun starts shining.

Dressing appropriately is a must as it can get particularly tiring when riding for long periods in cold weather, so keep warm! Avoid kit that’s too bulky - it can make you even more exhausted and the added weight may affect how you ride. Investing in some heated gear can make a huge difference on a long journey, even if it’s just a pair of heated gloves.

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Consultation on School Transport Provision in Merthyr Tydfil

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is seeking public opinion on its plans to change the current home to school transport provision for school children across the county.

“The current provision doesn’t align with the school admissions policy, which means Merthyr Tydfil students are travelling to schools outside the County Borough when suitable schools are available within it,” said Cabinet Member for Learning Cllr Lisa Mytton.

A number of options are being considered for the future of the service. Students, parents/carers, schools/colleges, residents and other stakeholders are being asked to share their views on the options under consideration in an extensive consultation exercise including an online questionnaire and a series of drop-in events being held across the county borough in the coming weeks.

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Swansea Pothole Repair Scheme Hits a Landmark 10,000 Repairs

In 2016, Swansea Council made a pledge that all potholes reported to a new hotline would be repaired within 48 hrs.

Latest performance figures show that the Council has repaired 10,864 potholes, the majority within the promised timescale.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said, "The scheme has been a great success. When we launched it in 2016, we were keen not only to improve our roads but also to give residents confidence that when they contacted the council to report a pothole, it would be repaired.

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Making Roads Safer: Operation Utah Takes Place in Torfaen

Gwent Police joined forces with a wide range of partner agencies recently, for the latest staging of Operation Utah, a multi-agency operation designed to deny criminals the use of roads in Gwent and crackdown on vehicles putting other motorists at risk.

Operation Utah can take place at any location in Gwent but on this occasion, the team were based at a checkpoint close to Pontypool. During the course of the day, a large number of vehicles were intercepted on routes including the A4042 and surrounding roads by police officers and brought into the site for a variety of checks by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

Representatives of HMRC, the Department for Work and Pensions, Immigration, Torfaen CBC and other agencies undertook checks on driving licences, insurance and vehicle tax enquiries, vehicle defects, benefits being claimed by occupants, any illegal use of red diesel and other offences.

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Safety Improvements to ‘EVO Triangle’

Safety on the road network referred to as the EVO Triangle will be improved thanks to £500,000 Welsh Government investment, Transport Secretary Ken Skates has announced.

The funding, which will be for the for the first phase of a safety scheme, will see average speed cameras installed on the A543 in Denbighshire and Conwy, the section of the ‘EVO Triangle’ with the highest collision record. It will also allow the design and pre-installation works for the second and final phase of the full scheme to progress.

Incidents of dangerous driving involving excessive speed have taken place on the route and this plan of action, which is jointly led by Denbighshire County Council and Conwy County Borough Council, aims to tackle such occurrences.

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See and Be Seen!

As the clocks go back this weekend, longer periods of darkness in the mornings and evenings, alongside worsening weather conditions, mean the risk of being involved in a road traffic collision increases.

Road Safety Wales is advising road users of the need to prepare and to take extra care in the darker conditions. In the dark it becomes even more important that pedestrians and cyclists make every effort to ensure they can be seen by other road users and that drivers look out for those who are walking and cycling.

Teresa Ciano, Chair of Road Safety Wales, said, “Drivers must check that their vehicles are in a roadworthy condition. All tyres must be undamaged, with sufficient tread and inflated to the correct pressure.

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Caru Ceredigion Promoting the Positives

Through the Caru.Love Ceredigion initiative Ceredigion County Council is inspiring residents and visitors to maintain positive behaviours and attitudes to their surroundings.

Using a series of promotional posters on a range of day-to-day topics, everyone is encouraged to contribute to making Ceredigion healthier and more sustainable.

Responsible driving and parking is one of the key messages, along with keeping pavements obstacle free. Footpath clutter is highlighted as being particularly problematic for older road users, wheelchair users, those using pushchairs and prams and pedestrians with limited vision.

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Review of the Highway Code

Transport Minister Jesse Norman has announced a review of the Highway Code to help keep cyclists and pedestrians safe on the roads.

The new Highway Code is expected to highlight how to avoid the dangers of close passing, and encourage people to adopt the ‘Dutch reach’, a method of opening a car door with the hand furthest from the handle, to force drivers to look over their shoulder for passing traffic. It may also set new rules for giving pedestrians and cyclists the right of way at side roads.

Cycling and Walking Minister, Jesse Norman said, “Britain has some of the safest roads in the world, but we need them to be safer still for all – and particularly for cyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.

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Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel Survey

People residing in the Dyfed-Powys Police force area are being asked to identify the issues they would most like the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel to focus on over the coming year.

The Panel is made up of representatives from across Dyfed-Powys and aims to give local people a greater voice in how the police serve local communities. Members support the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, but also hold him to account.

In preparing their schedule for 2019-20, the Panel want people to have a say on the areas they should focus on; to assist a survey has been launched asking for people’s views. The brief online questionnaire, which can be completed in a few minutes, also asks what people know about the Panel and its work.

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