Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and Cheshire police are getting involved in Road Safety Week, the awareness campaign coordinated annually by the charity Brake.
The week runs from Monday 19 – Sunday 25 November with the theme of the week focussing on cyclists and bikers.
There will be events across the county to educate road users to try and prevent collisions on our county’s network of roads.
The charity Brake says that cyclists and motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable road users in the UK, with more than 100 riders injured every day in needless, preventable crashes. The dangers (and opportunities) posed by bicycles and motorcycles are distinct but those on two wheels are united by the urgent need to reduce their risk of death and injury on our roads.
Station manager Andy Gray, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Road Safety Manager, said: “This is our busiest time of year for conducting Road Safety events, and this year you’ll see us wherever we can find motorcyclist hotspots, cycle paths and thoroughfares popular with the two wheeled travellers. We want to educate all those who use our roads to keep each other safe and prevent tragedies. Keep an eye on our activities throughout the week by following your local fire station on Twitter.”
PC Kerry Christmas, Cheshire police’s road safety officer said: “Road safety is a critical issue for all communities. Most have been affected at some point by injury or death caused by crashes, and all will experience risks using roads. Road Safety Week is an ideal opportunity to get local people to support us to work towards safe and sustainable travel for everyone. That is why we’re supporting this year’s Road Safety Week. I will be out and about visiting primary schools to educate them on cycling safety. You can also get some tips on cycle and biker safety through our social media channels.”
To find out more about keeping safe you can go to the brake website - brake.org.uk. To find out how to follow your local fire station twitter feed go to cheshirefire.gov.uk and to follow Cheshire Police on Facebook or Twitter go to Cheshire.police.uk