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Walking and cycling safer across Yorkshire

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

At the regional launch of Road Safety Week, Meg Munn MP joined campaigners appealing for walking and cycling across Yorkshire and Humberside to be made safer. Road Safety Week is the UK’s flagship event to promote safer road use, coordinated annually by the charity Brake and involving thousands of schools, communities and organisations.

At the event the findings of a survey of 424 children in Yorkshire and Humberside were given which revealed that:

         two-thirds say drivers need to slow down around their home and school,

         two-thirds say they would be able to walk and cycle more if roads in their neighbourhood were safer,

         four in 10 say they have been hit or nearly hit while walking or cycling, and

         nearly half worry about being hurt by traffic when out and about. 


Meg said:

“School children in my constituency have told me they are worried about being hit by cars. They worry about crossing the roads outside their schools, and they worry that drivers won’t see them and stop in time. As drivers we can all do our bit to make sure children feel safer when walking or cycling by reducing our speed.”

The South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership organised the launch along with Brake, the road safety charity.  Statistics show that every week in Yorkshire and Humberside, 10 adults and five children (age 0-17) are mowed down and killed or seriously hurt when on foot or bike.

In 2011 in Yorkshire and Humberside:

         44 people were killed on foot and 501 were seriously injured. Of these 41% were children - six child pedestrians were killed and 208 suffered serious injuries,

         seven cyclists were killed and 249 suffered serious injuries. Of these 27% were children - one child cyclist was killed and 61 suffered serious injuries.


At the event the GO 20 campaign was launched, calling for drivers to slow down to 20mph or below in communities, and for widespread 20mph limits in built up areas. This so children and adults can walk and cycle for health and enjoyment, and as cheap and sustainable travel, without their lives being endangered.


Why GO 20?

         fewer casualties: at 20mph drivers have much more time to react, to stop in time if they need to like if a child runs out. Studies show that when 20mph limits replace 30, it means fewer casualties among pedestrians and cyclists.

         danger from traffic is a major barrier in enabling more people to walk and cycle. Town and city-wide 20mph limits result in more people walking and cycling.

         more walking and cycling means healthier people, and more enjoyable outdoors activity for kids and adults.

         GO 20 means lower emissions from vehicle journeys. Plus if more people can switch their commute or school run to foot or bike, it means less polluting traffic.


For details of GO 20 visit: http://go20.org/

Associated Photograph :

Meg with children from Maltby Lilly Hall Junior School

Meg with children from Maltby Lilly Hall Junior School

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