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28/01/2021

Touchless Technology to be Trialled at Six Pedestrian Crossings

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council will begin to install touchless technology at six busy pedestrian crossings, in a trial funded by the Welsh Government as part of its support for sustainable transport measures in response to COVID-19.

The new setup will allow pedestrians to activate each of the signal controlled crossings by moving their hand under a sensor, instead of pushing a button. This detection technology is more reliable and efficient than the current button activation, and will help reduce the spread of coronavirus during the pandemic.

The technology will be trialled over four weeks, with installations beginning in the week commencing Monday, January 25. Stickers and signage will be placed at each crossing to inform pedestrians. These will be in place before the technology comes into use. If no issues arise during the trial, the technology could be implemented at all signal-controlled crossings in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The following six locations will be used for the initial trial exercise:

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25/01/2021

Improving Pedestrian Safety In Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is installing permanent bollards in the town centre to combat the increasing problem of vehicles using pedestrianised sections and causing a danger to shoppers.

There will be 31 bollards installed in Market Square and Upper High Street over the next month to restrict access to goods delivery vehicles only, and at certain times of the day and week.

Councillor Geraint Thomas, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Public Protection said, “Our Regeneration team have been working on developing a scheme to prevent the daily and prohibited vehicle movement on our pedestrianised High Street.

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22/01/2021

Welsh Government Grant to Boost Cycling in Swansea

A Swansea street is being saved from losing its tree-lined character thanks to a multi-million pound investment to boost cycling in the city.

Swansea Council received more than £5.1 million in the summer last year to develop new Active Travel cycle routes in the city.

In total, nine kilometres of new cycle track are proposed across the city. One of the routes is along Mayals Road - a tree lined street and a main route between the seafront and the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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20/01/2021

More Than 100 People Arrested

Gwent Police arrested 109 people on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs as part of the force’s Christmas road safety campaign.

Officers from Gwent Police joined forces across Wales, and the wider UK, in conducting intelligence-led vehicle checks on roads within the force area between Tuesday 1 December and Thursday 31 December.

During the campaign period, more than half of the motorists arrested for drug-related driving offences were aged under 30, while a majority of older motorists – aged over 30 – were arrested for drink driving.

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18/01/2021

Online Courses from Carmarthenshire Road Safety Team

Carmarthenshire County Council road safety team has a number of online courses planned over the next few months and they are encouraging people to take part.

For more information on any of the courses below, please call 01267 228285 or email roadsafety@carmarthenshire.gov.uk.

Biker Down! Cymru

Biker Down! Cymru aims to reduce the number of motorcyclists killed and seriously injured in road collisions and is delivered by operational firefighters from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

The course focuses on what you should do if you are first on the scene to a motorcycle collision. You do not need to be a biker to book a place.

  • 25th January
  • 15th February
  • 15th March

Courses are available to residents and road users of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys. They take place online via Microsoft Teams and start at 6:30pm, finishing around 8:30pm.

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14/01/2021

Dyfed-Powys Police To Launch All Wales Fatal 5 Campaign

On Tuesday 19 January 2021, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys, Dafydd Llywelyn, will hold a virtual community engagement day, specifically focusing on road safety and the launch of an All Wales Fatal 5 campaign.

Dyfed-Powys Police will lead on the campaign, which focuses on five significant factors in fatal and serious injury collisions: drink/drug driving; speed; not wearing a seatbelt; using a mobile phone; and careless driving.

The campaign will be launched by Dafydd Llywelyn, during his first Commissioner in Conversation live Facebook broadcast of the year. He will be joined by ACC Mark Travis from South Wales Police - Strategic Lead for Roads Policing in Wales, and Teresa Ciano - GoSafe Partnership Manager.

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12/01/2021

Essential Journeys Only!

Road Safety Wales is asking everyone in Wales to consider if the journeys they are making are absolutely essential.

Along with other key workers, our emergency services and NHS colleagues have worked tirelessly over the past year doing everything possible to keep us safe – putting themselves in danger, sometimes with the worst outcome imaginable for them and their families.  If you are starting to feel really fed up and worn out due to the pandemic, please spare a thought for how these people must be feeling.

If just one person decides to make a non-essential journey and is unfortunate to be involved in a collision, the added pressure this puts on our emergency responders and hospitals can be huge.

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11/01/2021

Have Your Say On Active Travel In Rhondda Cynon Taf

Residents can now have their say on the current walking and cycling routes in Rhondda Cynon Taf, as well as their aspirations for future improvements, by taking part in the Council’s latest Active Travel consultation.

In October 2020, Cabinet agreed for the Council to undertake a further extensive public engagement exercise into its future Active Travel plans – as Members acknowledged the economic, health and environmental benefits of residents walking and cycling more often, as part of their daily routines.

The consultation will help the Council update its Integrated Network Map, which sets out the aspirations for investment in Active Travel over the next 15 years – for submission to Welsh Government during December 2021.

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05/01/2021

Active Travel Improvements For Newtown

Works to extend the shared path on Llanidloes Road in Newtown to the college and theatre are due to begin shortly.

Funded by the Welsh Government, the improvements will complete the main Active Travel routes within the town, previously identified in consultations with residents, businesses and local communities. These Active Travel routes in Newtown will provide a safer network of routes for all users.

As part of the planned improvements, the path under Nantoer Bridge will be widened, significantly reducing the safely risk for pedestrians and cyclists, particularly young people travelling to and from the college.

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04/01/2021

Road Safety Wales Awards

The Road Safety Wales Awards recognise individuals, groups and organisations that have made a real commitment to road safety, above and beyond what would normally be expected of them.

We would traditionally invite our winners to the annual Road Safety Wales Conference to collect their award but unfortunately we have been unable to host an event this year.

Chair of Road Safety Wales, Teresa Ciano said, "Despite a difficult year for everyone, Road Safety Wales is delighted to be able to recognise so many deserving people who have made a significant difference to the lives of those in their community.

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