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21/10/2020

Looking Out For Vulnerable Road Users As The Clocks Change

With the clocks going back one hour this weekend and daylight hours growing shorter, Road Safety Wales is reminding road users to take extra care and remain vigilant when out and about in the dark.

The arrival of autumn often brings worsening weather and reduced visibility, increasing the risk of collisions, particularly involving vulnerable road users such as children, older people, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

Teresa Ciano, Chair of Road Safety Wales, called for extra vigilance as darker evenings begin, “Darkness creates more challenging conditions for road users. Motorists should drive considerately and reduce their speed to meet the traffic and weather conditions.

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21/08/2020

New Resource to Support Child Pedestrian Training

Road Safety Wales partners have collaborated to produce a child pedestrian training video to share with school contacts and for inclusion on local authority websites and social media channels, for parents to use during the school holidays and beyond.

The resource has been created during lockdown at no real cost to the Road Safety Wales partnership, thanks to the input of Road Safety Officers and their much appreciated family volunteers. Special thanks go to Angharad Barrett of Blaenau Gwent CBC and Charlie Gordon of Swansea Council for their help in making this lockdown project possible.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, many children in Wales benefitted from pedestrian training or Kerbcraft at school, thanks to road safety grant funding from the Welsh Government. Social distancing requirements made practical training of this nature at school impossible; this package has been developed to assist in equipping children with pedestrian skills for life.

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26/06/2020

Stop for Your Local Lollipop: Using Socially Distanced School Crossings

With the wider return to school in Wales from Monday 29 June, some School Crossing Patrols will be back in operation, helping to ensure the safety of children, parents and carers as they walk to school.

The way the service operates will have changed to enable social distancing to keep everyone safe.

  • Look out for markings on the path and make sure you keep a 2m distance from the School Crossing Patrol and other people at all times
  • Listen carefully to the School Crossing Patrol, they will give instructions on crossing safely
  • Only cross when the School Crossing Patrols tells you it’s safe to do so
  • Drivers are reminded to stop for the School Crossing Patrol allowing plenty of room for the SCP to retain a 2m gap between themselves and the crossing users

Enjoy the walk to school and stay safe.

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23/01/2020

Public Consultation - Improving Transport Links Between Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil

Residents of Merthyr Tydfil and the Cynon Valley are being consulted on plans to improve transport links between the two valleys. Opinions are being sought on bus services and more direct and safe Active Travel routes, such as reopening the Abernant to Merthyr Tunnel for walking and cycling.

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Councils are working together with the aim of making the journey easier for people who travel between Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil for reasons including work, education, shopping and entertainment.

The plan is for improved Active Travel routes, as these are currently limited to the seven-mile stretch of main road linking the valleys, with some very steep sections and high volumes of traffic.

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24/10/2019

All Aboard for the Walking Bus at Tynewydd Primary School

Tynewydd Primary School in Newbridge are the latest school in Caerphilly County Borough to take part in the walking bus initiative as part of International Walk to School Month.

Pupils were joined by staff, parents, the council’s road safety officer and Alfie the dog earlier this week as they set off on their first walking bus from the centre of Newbridge.

20 Caerphilly primary schools across the county have a walking bus and regularly hold assemblies and lessons to teach pupils about road safety.

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16/08/2019

More Safe Routes for Walking and Cycling in Bridgend

More than £3.6m worth of transport and active travel improvements will be made in Bridgend County Borough over the next year thanks to grants from the Welsh Government.

A total of £3,657,980 has been awarded to Bridgend County Borough Council to fund construction work of new safe routes for pedestrians and cyclists, new active travel routes and accessibility improvements at a number of bus stops. The funding also allows the council to provide road safety and cycle training for schoolchildren, as well as Pass Plus Cymru courses for new drivers.

The active travel improvements being planned by the council include new shared pedestrian and cycling routes linking Brackla to Bridgend town centre, between Pencoed and the Pencoed Technology Park, a route connecting Coychurch with both the Waterton Industrial Estate and Retail Park, and improvements around Coity. Work on all of these schemes is due to start in October and be completed by spring 2020.

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21/11/2018

Engaging With Communities

Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Road Safety Team is out and about in local communities undertaking a busy programme of activities to promote Road Safety Week 2018.

During the week road users are being encouraged to be to be ‘Bike Smart’, helping to increase safety for cyclists and motorcyclists.

The week started at the Asda store in Aberdare, where the Road Safety Team were joined by staff from GoSafe - The Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership and the Council’s Parking Enforcement team to deliver important road safety messages and to answer questions from the public.

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25/10/2018

See and Be Seen!

As the clocks go back this weekend, longer periods of darkness in the mornings and evenings, alongside worsening weather conditions, mean the risk of being involved in a road traffic collision increases.

Road Safety Wales is advising road users of the need to prepare and to take extra care in the darker conditions. In the dark it becomes even more important that pedestrians and cyclists make every effort to ensure they can be seen by other road users and that drivers look out for those who are walking and cycling.

Teresa Ciano, Chair of Road Safety Wales, said, “Drivers must check that their vehicles are in a roadworthy condition. All tyres must be undamaged, with sufficient tread and inflated to the correct pressure.

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19/10/2018

Review of the Highway Code

Transport Minister Jesse Norman has announced a review of the Highway Code to help keep cyclists and pedestrians safe on the roads.

The new Highway Code is expected to highlight how to avoid the dangers of close passing, and encourage people to adopt the ‘Dutch reach’, a method of opening a car door with the hand furthest from the handle, to force drivers to look over their shoulder for passing traffic. It may also set new rules for giving pedestrians and cyclists the right of way at side roads.

Cycling and Walking Minister, Jesse Norman said, “Britain has some of the safest roads in the world, but we need them to be safer still for all – and particularly for cyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.

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09/10/2018

A Reminder For Extra Care Around The Crossing

A bright and bold new banner can now be seen at Cleddau Reach VC School in Llangwm, Pembrokeshire, encouraging drivers to take extra care around the pedestrian crossing used by pupils.

Staff, parents and pupils were concerned that a small minority of motorists were not as vigilant as they could be when approaching the crossing in the busy car park. As a result, the school council launched a competition inviting pupils to design a banner encouraging drivers to be more careful.

Two hundred children took part in the competition and the school council shortlisted nine designs before asking the road safety team at Pembrokeshire County Council to select an overall winner.

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