News

13/11/2018

Helping L Drivers Evaluation

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is currently conducting research to evaluate the use of the Helping Learner Drivers website, www.helpingldrivers.com to identify any ways in which it can be improved.

The website provides advice to novice drivers, motorcycle riders and their families on learning to drive or ride. The information covers the whole process, from private practice and professional driving lessons until after the practical test.

Young drivers and their families are being asked to take a look at the website and complete the evaluation survey which can be found here.

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05/11/2018

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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26/10/2018

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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10/10/2018

Last BikeSafe Workshop of 2018 in North Wales

The last of the 2018 workshops is to be held in Rhyl this weekend.

BikeSafe – a national police-led motorcycle project; offers practical advice about road safety and educates riders by passing on knowledge and skills. The workshop encourages motorcyclists to take post-test training, which can realise their best potential and help them to become safer riders.

Supported by the six local authorities in the North Wales Police region, the workshops are held throughout the year and the last session for 2018 will be held at Rhyl Community Fire Station on Sunday 14th October.

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24/09/2018

National Eye Health Week

National Eye Health Week takes place between 24th and 30th September 2018, which aims to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular eye tests.

Good eyesight is vital when using the road, no matter what age you are. Drivers and motorcyclists must be able to read a vehicle registration plate from a distance of 20 metres (or 20.5 metres if the vehicle was registered before September 2001) wearing glasses or contact lenses if required.

If you’re finding it difficult to read road signs, particularly those with text, it could indicate that your eyesight has deteriorated and you may require corrective lenses. If you’re finding it harder to see clearly in the dark, this may also mean you need to wear glasses or contact lenses.

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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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28/08/2018

Biker Engagement with North Wales Police

It’s an uncomfortable reality that bikers are over-represented in road casualty figures for the North Wales region and Wales as a whole.

John Urry from Motor Cycle News (MCN) recently spent the day out on the road with North Wales Police to see what approach is being taken and just how welcome bikers are in the region.

Following a briefing to outline the objectives of Operation Darwen and a discussion around collision hot spots, the team headed out for a day of biker engagement and enforcement.

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24/08/2018

Stay Alive, Get To Know The Fatal 5

Road Safety Wales is reminding road users of the Fatal 5, the five main causes of road traffic collisions and injuries in Wales. Most people abide by the rules of the road but unfortunately a small minority choose to put themselves, their families and innocent road users at risk.

The bilingual Fatal 5 leaflet produced by Road Safety Wales covers the following:

Don’t Drink/Drug Drive - Don’t risk being one of the 100,000 drink or drug drivers caught each year, or you could face a minimum 12 month ban, a large fine, a criminal record or even imprisonment. Prescribed medication can still affect your ability to drive and therefore make you liable for prosecution so please check with your doctor or pharmacist.

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13/08/2018

Hoggin the Bridge 2018

Hoggin’ the Bridge will take place this year on the weekend of 29 and 30 September, and will be looking to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

The event is run by Caldicot Town Team, a not-for-profit community interest company run entirely by volunteers, with all proceeds from Hoggin’ the Bridge going to local and national charities.  Organisers are expecting more than 10,000 visitors with the event beginning on Saturday 29 September with live music from local bands, Rusty Shackle and The Bug Club.  Camping at the David Broome Event Centre in Caldicot will also be available. 

The main ride on 30 September leaves Aust services at 11.00 am, and ends at the David Broome Event Centre.

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06/08/2018

Wales by Bike Highlights Motorcycling in Powys

Geoff from Powys County Council’s Road Safety Unit has been talking to Wales by Bike, the website for bikers written by bikers. 

Highlighting some of the opportunities for residents in the Powys area, Geoff said:

“In conjunction with Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service we run Biker Down! Cymru workshops throughout the county, a free three-hour course covering:

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