Cycle safety in the spotlight at school

By Tim Nuttall


 

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 people. 

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 event.

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 website.”