Runners and cyclists urged to get involved in the UK's biggest road safety event
Running and cycling clubs and enthusiasts are being urged to get involved in Road Safety Week 2014 (17-23 November), the UK’s biggest road safety event, to help make streets safer for people to run, walk and cycle. The charity Brake, which coordinates the event, is encouraging runners and cyclists to go to www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk for ideas on campaigning for safer roads in the Week, and register for a free e-action pack.
Road Safety Week, now in its 18th year and supported by headline sponsors RSA and Specsavers, is a great opportunity for runners and cyclists to take action locally to call for safer driving and safer streets to protect people on foot and bike.
Runners and cyclists can access free electronic resources and guidance to help them get involved. Go to www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/communities for ideas and to register for a free e-action pack (emailed out from September). This includes downloadable posters, advice and case studies of what others have done in previous years.
The Road Safety Week 2014 theme is ‘look out for each other’: raising awareness of the ways everyone can help protect one another on roads, especially the most vulnerable. Brake will particularly call on drivers to protect people on foot and bike by slowing down to 20mph in communities and looking twice and taking it slow at junctions and bends. Read more. Groups taking part locally in the event can focus on this or any other road safety topic.
Last year 7,795 community groups, schools and organisations registered to take part in the Week. Some of the ways cycling and running clubs and enthusiasts can get involved include: awareness campaigns calling on local drivers to slow down and look out for people on foot a bike, protests against fast traffic, community speed checks, teaming up with emergency services to run road-shows or demonstrations, and awareness-raising fundraisers such as locally-organised runs or bike rides with everyone wearing high-vis and getting sponsored in aid of Brake.
Julie Townsend, Brake deputy chief executive, says: “If you run or cycle on roads, you’re probably all too aware of the risks you face, and the difference it makes if drivers slow down and look out for people on foot and bike. Road Safety Week is the UK’s biggest road safety event, and our focus this year is about everyone looking out for each other on roads. We’ll be especially appealing to drivers to slow down to 20mph in communities, and take bends and junctions slowly and carefully – to protect the people around them. Runners and cyclists can play a key role in getting this vital message out by running local campaigns, awareness-raising activities and fundraisers for Brake.
“Log on to the Road Safety Week website now for ideas and to register for your free e-action pack.”
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About Road Safety Week
Road Safety Week is the UK’s flagship road safety event, coordinated annually by the charity Brake, and now in its 18th year. In 2014 it will take place 17-23 November, with headline sponsorship from RSA and Specsavers. Road Safety Week aims to raise awareness about the devastation of road crashes and casualties, and the part we can all play in making our roads and communities safer. It does this by encouraging grassroots involvement and promoting awareness-raising and educational messages. Each year it involves thousands of communities, schools, organisations and professionals across the UK running a wide range of road safety activities. www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk
Brake is an independent road safety charity. Brake exists to stop the five deaths and 63 serious injuries that happen on UK roads every day and to care for families bereaved and seriously injured in road crashes. Brake runs awareness-raising campaigns, community education programmes, events such as Road Safety Week (17-23 November 2014), and a Fleet Safety Forum, providing advice to companies. Brake’s support division cares for road crash victims through a helpline and other services.
Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.
About RSA Group
With a 300 year heritage, RSA is one of the world’s leading multinational quoted insurance groups. RSA has major operations in the UK, Scandinavia, Canada, Ireland, Asia and the Middle East, Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe and has the capability to write business in around 140 countries. Focusing on general insurance, RSA has around 23,000 employees and, in 2013, its net written premiums were £8.7 billion
As a leading car insurer we have a natural interest in promoting safety awareness and reducing the number of crashes on our roads. In the UK we have been a partner of Brake since 2011 and we also undertake road safety campaigns in many of our businesses across the world.
- Specsavers was founded by Doug and Dame Mary Perkins in 1984 and is now the largest privately owned opticians in the world. The couple still run the company, along with their three children. Their son John is joint managing director
- Specsavers has more than 1,600 stores throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Australia and New Zealand
- Total revenue for the Specsavers Group was £1.7 billion in 2011/2012
- More than 20 million customers used Specsavers globally in 2011/2012. As of end March 2012, Specsavers had 16,138,076 customers in the UK and 928,582 customers in the Republic of Ireland
- Specsavers optical stores and hearing centres are owned and run by joint venture or franchise partners. Together, they offer both optical and hearing services under one roof.
- Specsavers employs more than 30,000 staff
- Specsavers was voted Britain’s most trusted brand of opticians for the eleventh year running by the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands survey 2012
- More than one in three people who wear glasses in the UK buy them from Specsavers - 10,800,000 glasses were exported from the warehouse to stores in 2011
- Specsavers was ranked No 1 for both eye tests and glasses in the UK
- Specsavers sold more than 290 million contact lenses globally in 2011/12 and has more than a million customers on direct debit schemes. Specsavers' own contact lens brand - easyvision - is the most known on the high street
- The hearcare business in the UK has established itself as the number one high street provider of adult audiology services to the NHS
- Specsavers supports several UK charities including Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Sound Seekers, the road safety charity Brake, the anti-bullying charity Kidscape and Vision Aid Overseas, for whom stores have raised enough funds to build a school of optometry in Zambia and open eyecare outreach clinics in much of the country