News

21/11/2018

Engaging With Communities

Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Road Safety Team is out and about in local communities undertaking a busy programme of activities to promote Road Safety Week 2018.

During the week road users are being encouraged to be to be ‘Bike Smart’, helping to increase safety for cyclists and motorcyclists.

The week started at the Asda store in Aberdare, where the Road Safety Team were joined by staff from GoSafe - The Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership and the Council’s Parking Enforcement team to deliver important road safety messages and to answer questions from the public.

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06/11/2018

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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25/10/2018

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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19/10/2018

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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30/08/2018

Police Recorded Road Accidents 2017

Welsh Government has published information on the severity of injury and type of road user for the year 2017.

Key points:

  • In 2017 there were 4,556 road accidents involving personal injury recorded by the police, a reduction of 365 on 2016 (7.4 per cent reduction).
  • These recorded accidents resulted in 6,202 casualties, which was 651 fewer than in 2016.

Within the 6,202 casualties:

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16/07/2018

Operation Close Pass in Wales

South Wales Police, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and GoSafe launched Operation Close Pass at the 2018 Velothon Wales event. The Close Pass initiative aims to improve the safety of cyclists on the road by educating drivers in overtaking safely.

The Highway Code recommends that road users should give vulnerable road users, such as motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders, the same amount of room as they would when overtaking a car – this is typically 1.5 metres.

Operation Close Pass deploys police officers on bicycles fitted with cameras to record the behaviour of drivers who overtake them. If an offence is detected, the officer contacts colleagues further down the road to direct the vehicle into a checkpoint where the driver will be offered roadside education from fire service colleagues using specially designed equipment to illustrates the safe passing distance.

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29/06/2018

Operation SNAP in Action

The Nicky Grist Stages, taking place on Saturday 14 July, is proud to continue its association with GoSafe – The Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership, which is encouraging rally fans to help make the roads of Wales safer by getting involved in Operation SNAP. The Nicky Grist Stages, GoSafe Partnership and Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service came together for a special event, along with Osian Pryce and Nicky Grist, at the GoSafe headquarters this week.

The initiative is a response to increasing submissions of video and photographic evidence relating to driving offences that members of the public have witnessed. Until recently, these reports have been submitted to the police in all sorts of ways and so a streamlined on-line process has now been developed through www.gosafe.org to deal with them – dramatically reducing valuable police time by making it easier to collect and assess evidence.

The rally event is also proud to help raise awareness of the Fatal 5, an all-Wales initiative which focusses on the five main causes of road traffic collisions and injuries in Wales – speed, driving while impaired through alcohol and/or drugs, use of mobile phones, the non-use seatbelts and careless driving.

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12/03/2018

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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20/12/2017

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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04/12/2017

DVLA Code Challenge 2017

During the past few months Road Safety Wales has been delighted to partner with the DVLA for the Wales National Coding Challenge for 7 to 11 year olds, in association with Code Club and the STEM Ambassador Hub Wales.

The challenge enabled pupils to develop their problem solving, communication and teamwork skills as well as improving their knowledge of computer programming in a fun and innovative way, with the opportunity to win amazing prizes and funding for IT equipment for their schools.

With challenge themes relating to road safety, pollution free oceans and anti-bully, the Road Safety Wales challenge called for pupils to build a game to highlight how young people can spot hazards and stay safe while cycling - an extremely important message for children in this age group.

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