It’s Road Safety week from 18th to 24th November 2019.
Road Safety Week is the UK’s biggest road safety event, coordinated annually by Brake, the road safety charity.
Brake is a road safety charity that works to prevent road death and injury, make streets and communities safer, and supports the victims of road crashes. For more about their work, visit the Brake website.
Road Safety Week aims to inspire thousands of schools, organisations and communities to take action on road safety and promote life-saving messages during the Week and beyond. It also provides a focal point for professionals working in road safety to boost awareness and engagement in their work.
Every 20 minutes, someone is killed or seriously injured on a British road and each of these tragedies is preventable.
This Road Safety Week, they’re asking everyone to “Step up for Safe Streets” and learn about, shout about and celebrate the amazing design-led solutions that will allow us all to get around in safe and healthy ways, every day.
Safe journeys happen when we design our road transport network so that human error doesn’t result in death or serious injury. This approach of safety by design is known as safe systems and the great news is that the solutions are known and available to us now! From safety technology in vehicles, to speed limits that reflect the safety of the roads, we can all step up to learn about, shout about and celebrate these proven solutions.
Healthy journeys are important to help keep us healthy, fit and happy. We need to make sure that choosing to walk or cycle doesn’t put us at increased risk and that the air we breathe on our journeys is clean. We know the solutions here too – we need policy-makers to step up and prioritise safe spaces for travel on foot and by bike and ensure that the vehicles that remain on our roads use ultra-low emission technology.
We can all step up and play a part in the celebration of safe system solutions and the creation of a safe and healthy future:
- Individuals can step up by pledging to use roads safely, minimise vehicle use and shout out for safe system solutions.
- Schools can help young people step up and learn how to create a safe and healthy future and shout out for change.
- Organisations can step up their policies and procedures to ensure they choose safe systems solutions.
- Emergency service professionals can step up to highlight their vital role in helping keep us safe.
- Policy-makers can step up by developing and mandating safe systems solutions.
How to get involved
There’s plenty of ways you can get involved with Road Safety Week and help spread their message.
From pledging to use roads safely, leaving the car at home for one or more journeys, spreading the word to family, friends and neighbours or simply sharing your views in the ‘How safe are the streets where we live?’ survey here: www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/survey you will be doing your part for Road Safety Week 2019.
In addition to sharing content across our social media, we will be taking time this week to share the message with Cycle SOS employees; asking them to think about how we can, together, step up for safe streets. If you’re an employer and want to do the same, take a look at how you could get your own employees involved: www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/organisations