News

07/09/2020

Dutch Reach - A Change of Habit to Protect Vulnerable Road Users

Dutch Reach is a simple yet effective technique to prevent 'dooring' - a dreaded and all too common crash, caused when people exiting a vehicle suddenly open a door into the path of a cyclist, or other vulnerable road user.

As active travel increases, safer interaction between cars and bicycles is reliant on co-operation and a greater awareness from drivers regarding the presence of less protected road users.

Partners in Road Safety Wales are promoting the Dutch Reach, asking drivers and passengers to get into the habit of reaching across to the vehicle’s door with their far hand to open it.

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10/08/2020

New Pop-up Cycleways Are Part of the City’s Recovery Plan

Cardiff, recently voted the UK's best cycling city, is installing new pop-up cycleways.

Installation is planned by the autumn to provide safer, mostly segregated routes to enable people to travel by bike on some of Cardiff's busiest roads.

The two routes, the ‘Cross City ‘and ‘Bay Loop' cycleways, are being brought forward as part of the Council's ongoing COVID-19 recovery plans and are in line with the cycling vision set out in the Council's Transport White Paper.

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31/07/2020

Space for Cyclists

Specialist gilets are to be given to vulnerable cyclists in North Wales thanks to the latest road safety initiative by North Wales Police, the six local authorities and the Welsh Government’s Traffic Wales service.

The bright gilets will be distributed by officers from the Roads Policing Unit to cyclists who are spotted wearing dark clothing. The back of the gilets displays the 1.5 metre logo - the distance required when passing a cyclist at 30mph.

Sgt Trystan Bevan said, “Since the coronavirus lockdown, we have seen an increase in the number of people using our roads for cycling. Now more than ever, we urge motorists to give cyclists, and other vulnerable road users, especially children, plenty of space.

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11/02/2020

FREE Adult Cycle Training in Neath Port Talbot

Residents of Neath Port Talbot who would like to become more active, cycle with friends or family, or try commuting to work by bike, can now sign up for FREE adult cycle training.

Taking place in February and March, the training will be delivered by qualified instructors, with hour-long sessions starting and ending at the Council’s offices, the Quays, Baglan SA11 2GG.

All ability levels are welcome and bikes and cycle helmets can be provided. For more detailed information, or to book a FREE place, contact the Neath Port Talbot Road Safety Team on 01639 686828 or email roadsafety@npt.gov.uk

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23/01/2020

Public Consultation - Improving Transport Links Between Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil

Residents of Merthyr Tydfil and the Cynon Valley are being consulted on plans to improve transport links between the two valleys. Opinions are being sought on bus services and more direct and safe Active Travel routes, such as reopening the Abernant to Merthyr Tunnel for walking and cycling.

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Councils are working together with the aim of making the journey easier for people who travel between Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil for reasons including work, education, shopping and entertainment.

The plan is for improved Active Travel routes, as these are currently limited to the seven-mile stretch of main road linking the valleys, with some very steep sections and high volumes of traffic.

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20/12/2019

Electric Bikes Trialled in the Gwent Force Area

Electric bikes are being trialled in Gwent with the introduction of two to the force's fleet.

Chief Superintendent Ian Roberts, in charge of policing in Newport and Monmouthshire, is one of the officers testing out the new e-bikes in the force and he has been chatting to residents on his trips around Newport and Cwmbran during the last few weeks.

The bikes are equipped with a battery which allows riders to travel greater distances, climb hills with ease and provide assistance of up to 15mph.

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03/12/2019

DVLA Code Challenge 2019

In recent years, Road Safety Wales has been delighted to partner with the DVLA for the Wales National Coding Challenge for 7-11 year olds and 11-14 year olds.

The challenge calls for 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, while having the chance to win excellent IT equipment prizes for their schools or groups.

Today sees the culmination of the pupil’s hard work with an event at the Richard Ley Development Centre in Swansea, hosted by news presenter Sian Lloyd.

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18/11/2019

Penarth To Have The First Public eBike Share Scheme in Wales

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has set aside funding to pilot the first fully electric bike share scheme in Wales.

Following the success of the nextbike cycle hire scheme in Cardiff, which has recorded more than 548,000 rentals since its launch in 2018, the Vale of Glamorgan Council has received requests for a similar system.

In response to these requests, as well as in recognition of the potential benefits to the community and environment, nextbike, the UK’s leading bike share scheme provider, will implement the project.

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21/10/2019

Local Road and Footway Improvements in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Since April, 98 highway improvement schemes have been completed by Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC, worth a total of £6.3m; with a further 84 schemes to be delivered by March 2020.

An report to the council’s Cabinet on 17 October, outlined the progress made since the three-year £23.5m package for highways maintenance, covering the period 2019-22, began on 1 April, 2019.

The capital programme, agreed by Full Council in March 2019, ensures the fabric of the highways network in protected and is a proactive approach aimed at avoiding expensive repairs when roads are left to reach the end of their design life. It is therefore a cost-effective option in the long term, ensuring communities benefit from better roads and footways.

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27/08/2019

Progress from ‘Wobble to Road’ with Free Confidence-building Course

Merthyr Tydfil residents who want to take up cycling but aren’t confident on the road are being taught cycling skills in a free eight-week course.

The success of a pilot ‘Wobble to Road’ project, in which seven people progressed from cycling around a school athletics track to a 20-mile road ride, has resulted in joint organisers Active Merthyr and Merthyr Triathlon Club planning a second course this September.

Active Merthyr Community Sports Co-ordinator Jennifer Evans said, “This course is aimed at anyone wanting to get back in the saddle and develop confidence in cycling in a safe manner. We also want to get more people cycling in Merthyr and using our great network of trails and the roads around them.

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