Students at Withernsea High School have
been given free equipment to help them stay
safe on their bikes and scooters as part of a
campaign to mark national Road Safety Week.
Last Friday morning, Christian Jordan and Andy
Johnson from East Riding Council’s Road Safety
Team were on hand to distribute free cycle lights
as students arrived at school.
These were given to students who regularly
travel to school by bike, but sets were also made
available to young people who live in the wider
area to help them stay safe when cycling in and
around their own villages.
The team’s mission is to promote safe and
sustainable travel by encouraging walking, cycling
or scooting to school. They regularly visit both
primary and secondary schools throughout the East
Riding to spread their message of safety to young
Commenting on their visit to Withernsea,
Christian said: “We are here not only to encourage
more cycling, but also to encourage cyclists to be
seen – especially throughout the winter months
when its particularly dark.
We also help with
helmet assemblies and offer amnesties where old
helmets can be left behind and new ones collected. “We also work with cycle charity R-evolution
to provide free year-long bike loans, with cycle
servicing included, for anyone unable to have their
own. At the end of the initial loan period, the bike
is returned, and another one can be issued.”
As well as visiting schools, last week the team
also visited markets in Pocklington, Driffield and
Beverley where they set up stalls to share advice
and information as part of the national road safety
BE SAFE, BE SEEN: Christian Jordan and Andy Johnson from the East Riding Road Safety Team, with Year 10
students Lloyd Dixon and Jake Dodsworth. Photo Credit: Tim Nuttall
Organised by the charity Brake, Road Safety
Week is an annual week of awareness dedicated
to providing safety advice to all road users and is
supported by the police, schools and businesses to
promote safer driving and road safety skills.
To mark the week, the East Riding
Road Safety Team launched a new
website dedicated to keeping people
safe on the region’s roads.
Featuring advice for drivers,
parents and schools, plus safety
information for vulnerable road users
such as pedestrians, cyclists, horse
riders and motorcyclists, the recently
launched website can be found at eastridingroadsafety.co.uk.
Cllr Chris Matthews, the council’s
portfolio holder for environment
and climate change, said: “People
seem to think accidents will never
happen to them. We want to do all
we can to help prevent accidents in
the first place.
“We want to get the road safety
message out there to keep all users
safe on the East Riding’s roads, and we
want to encourage residents to visit the
team if they can and to visit the new