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Road Safety Event in York 9th June 2014

22nd May 2014

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, along with key partners are supporting the Chief Fire Officer Association’s (CFOA) UK Road Safety Week, which runs from the 9th- 15th June 2014, with an event in Parliament Square, York, on the 9th June.

The event in York is being supported by 95 Alive, the York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership, City of York Council, North Yorkshire County Council, North Yorkshire Police, CFOA and the Mineral Products Association.

MP for Scarborough and Whitby and Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Department for Transport, Robert Goodwill, will be attending as will Dave Etheridge, Road Safety Lead for CFOA and Honor Byford, Chair of Road Safety GB.

The main purpose of the event is to raise awareness of cycling safety, and there will be an opportunity for cyclists to sit in a lorry, supplied by the Mineral Products Association’s member, Lafarge Tarmac, to get a greater understanding of the blind spots faced by a lorry driver.

Partner agencies will be on hand to offer advice and services including security bike markings from North Yorkshire Police and bike safety checks from York Cycleworks cycling shop.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Andy Trowsdale, from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “We are happy to support the Chief Fire Officer Association’s UK Road Safety Week and help to raise awareness of road safety issues, including cycling safety. With the Tour de France Grand Depart taking place over the summer, more people are likely to be taking to two wheels, and we want to ensure they take reasonable precautions and are aware of the measures they can take to keep themselves safe on the road, such as being  aware of drivers’ blind spots and wearing a helmet.

We would also ask drivers to be aware of other road users, simple measures like checking your mirrors before you turn and giving as much room as practically possible when over-taking a cyclist can reduce the chances of an accident happening.”

Cllr David Levene, Cabinet Member for Transport at City of York Council, said: “We are fully committed to increasing awareness of road safety in York, particularly cyclists ahead of the world’s largest cycling sporting event coming to our city in July. We want people who use York’s roads to be responsible for the road safety choices they make when travelling around our city. This is why we launched the successful I-Pledge campaign last year, which is supported by all three emergency services, and asks road users to pledge their support by signing up to the campaign.”

Find out more about the I-Pledge campaign at www.itravelyork.info/journeysafe

Honor Byford, Chair of Road Safety GB said: “This event sees the start of a major national week of events with Fire and Rescue Services, Local Authority Road Safety teams and Police Officers all working together alongside commercial companies and charities to focus everyone’s mind on respecting each other on the roads.

“All those of us who travel in cars, vans and lorries need to look out for cyclists and pedestrians who are more vulnerable  than us to being hurt. We have worked in partnership here in York and North Yorkshire  for over a decade now and this event shows how we make better use of our shared resources by working together to make our roads safer for all our communities.

The event in Parliament Square, York, will run from 0900-1300hs on Monday 9th June 2014.

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