A Busy Road Safety Week In Rhondda Cynon Taf

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council provided road safety training across the county during Brake’s recent Road Safety Week – including 14 sessions in local schools and a ‘Drive Safer for Longer’ course with residents aged 60 and over.

The Council’s dedicated Road Safety Team organised an itinerary of events within the local community, including ‘Kerbcraft’ sessions, which were held in 12 schools – Aberdare Town Church in Wales Primary, Caegarw Primary, Cilfynydd Primary, Cwmdâr Primary, Llwyncrwn Primary, Llwynypia Primary, Tonysguboriau Primary, Trerobart Primary, YGG Bodringallt, YGG Dolau, YGG Llwyncelyn and YGG Tonyrefail.

The ‘Kerbcraft’ initiative, which is funded by the Welsh Government, teaches pupils in Year 2 essential skills to stay safe as pedestrians. Part of the training took place in local communities, where the children’s learning and training on the Green Cross Code was put into practice.

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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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#SurroundTheTown - Cwmbran

Following the success of the Newport enforcement day, 'Surround The Town' returns today in Cwmbran. Gwent Police will again be working with GoSafe, Torfaen County Borough Council and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, to address poor driving and local crime priorities and to highlight local services.

'Surround the Town' will involve multiple teams across the town to help ensure that those living in, working or visiting Cwmbran can do so in a safe environment. The operation will target motoring offences and raise awareness of collision risk factors. Parking enforcement, tackling anti-social behaviour, drug offences and organised crime groups will also be a part of the enforcement initiative.

The key road safety activities are:

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Gwynedd Council Introduces Electric Vehicles To Its Fleet

As part of its commitment to tackling climate change, Gwynedd Council has launched its intention to introduce electric vehicles to its fleet over the coming years.

The council has underlined its commitment to adding more green vehicles and to reduce the use of petrol and diesel vehicles from its fleet in the years ahead.

Over the past decade, the council has reduced its carbon emissions by almost 40%, and this latest commitment to introducing electric vehicles to the authority’s fleet is the latest in Gwynedd’s efforts to improve on this figure.

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Sixty Six Active Travel Projects To Benefit From £14.5 Million Of Funding

Lee Waters, Deputy Economy and Transport Minister, has announced how £14.5 million of active travel investment will be spent across Wales.

Active travel involves making journeys by physically active means. The funding will improve and create active travel routes and facilities in Wales, as part of efforts to encourage more people to walk and cycle.

The Deputy Minister had previously called on local authorities to be radical and ambitious in their work to improve active travel. He called for proposals to go further in creating infrastructure enabling people to choose walking and cycling as the most natural way to undertake shorter journeys.

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Caerphilly Begins Winter Preparations

Caerphilly County Borough Council has begun its winter preparations, with a fleet of new vehicles ready to grit over 250 miles of primary routes.

The council has added 8 new vehicles to its fleet for the coming winter, featuring the latest health and safety design features along with up to date fuel efficient engines. These new vehicles will see the council invest an additional £1.4million into its winter maintenance service over the next four year period. This investment includes new digital mapping and route navigation technology to increase the efficiency of the council’s winter maintenance service.

With this new technology, routes are uploaded into the vehicle and the in-cab route navigation system guides the driver around the route, enabling drivers to follow any route with no prior knowledge.  Pre-determined levels of salt are deposited and spread as it progresses around the route, thanks to its automated salting technology.

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Key Safety Messages Delivered In Crucial Crew Pembrokeshire

Taking part in a mock school bus evacuation, crawling through a smoke-filled house and learning lifesaving first aid Year 6 children have been experiencing all this and more in Crucial Crew.

The event includes a range of workshops run by the emergency services and other organisations, all designed to boost safety awareness among 10 and 11 year olds in Pembrokeshire.

More than 1,400 children from 42 local primary schools participated in the event, which took place over two weeks at Withybush Showground.

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Help To Teach School Children In Torfaen How To Cross Roads Safely

Kerbcraft is a road safety scheme which teaches children how to be safer pedestrians. Funding within Torfaen is provided by the Welsh Government and Torfaen County Borough Council, and the council is currently asking drivers to assist with the training.

During the 10-12 week course, road safety officers and volunteers take primary school children out to real roads and show them how the right decision-making and behaviour can really help them to keep safe. The children learn skills including how to choose safe places and routes to cross the road, crossing safely near parked cars and crossing safely near junctions.

Lesley Rosser, Child Pedestrian Training Co-ordinator for Torfaen, said, “We train more than 1,000 children per year across the borough, and in late September we started training 17 primary schools.

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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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Activities planned as part of Road Safety Week

A programme of activities is taking place across Carmarthenshire during Road Safety Week, coordinated by Brake the road safety charity.

The aim of the week – which is being held between November 18 and 24 - is to raise awareness of road safety issues, and in particular what we can all do to make our roads safer and reduce the number of accidents.

The council’s road safety team has organised various events from walk to school initiatives, Kerbcraft - child pedestrian training, and training on what to do if you are first on the scene to a motorcycle collision.

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