Last month (week commencing 19 November) was National Road Safety Week and the theme of ‘Bike Smart’ focused on keeping pedal cyclists and motor cyclists safe on our roads.
Horsham District Council’s Neighbourhood Warden teams got involved with the campaign by running Different initiatives in each of their areas.
The wardens for Pulborough Parish visited St Mary’s Primary School, Pulborough to talk to the children who regularly cycle to school about road safety, wearing crash helmets and ensuring they are seen on the roads. They handed out glow in the dark accessories for the children and security marking stickers for their bikes. The wardens also engaged with the parents to ensure everyone was aware of the importance of road safety and handed out glow badges to children who walk to and from school.
The wardens for the unparished areas of Horsham held a street briefing session at Horsham train station and took along UV marker pens and safety leaflets and raised awareness of the recent bike thefts and preventative measures.
The Billingshurst Parish wardens handed out free lights to children who were out on their bikes or scooters in the dark and chatted to them about being seen and staying safe.
Horsham District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community and Wellbeing, Tricia Youtan, commented: “I am really pleased that our Neighbourhood Wardens have got behind this major national safety campaign by getting out and about in our towns and villages and bringing it to life for local people.
“They have provided practical solutions to residents of all ages and circumstances to help keep them safe over the darker winter months.”
Cyclists and motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable road users in the UK, with more than 100 riders injured every day in needless, preventable crashes. For more information visit www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk