MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FROM BRAKE ROAD SAFETY CHARITY

 
 

Fundraising

Events: Take part in one of our latest adrenaline-fuelled challenges

Would you ABSEIL from a building near you to raise money for Brake? Conquer your fear of heights and challenge yourself - it’ll be fun, and it’s for a great cause!

We have three fabulous abseiling events taking place across the UK and we would love to see you there:

Belfast: Saturday 22 April
London: Saturday 26 May
Walsall: Sunday 1 July

Take action: To book your abseil challenge, call Lisa on 01484 683294 or email fundraise@brake.org.uk. Visit our website to find out more.

 

Campaigning

Consultation: Government seeks views on cycling and walking safety

The government has called for evidence on ways to make cycling and walking safer, providing a unique chance to shape policy on active travel and get more people to take journeys by bike or on foot, rather than by car.

Get involved: Have your say by responding here.

Survey: Our Strategic Road Network

The government's cycling and walking safety review coincides with the launch of a Brake and Direct Line report looking into safety on our Strategic Road Network (SRN). Drivers surveyed said they were deterred from cycling on the SRN by the current road environment, stating that the 60mph speed limit on single-carriageway A roads is too fast and that both the warning signs and space available for cyclists are inadequate. Our findings clearly illustrate that further investment is required to get more people on their bikes, with 70% of respondents stating that they never cycle on single-carriageway A roads, but more than half saying they would be willing to do so if there was a segregated space for cyclists.  

Learn more: Visit our website to read the full report.

Policy: New cycling offence to be introduced

Brake’s efforts to deliver justice for all those affected by death or injury on our roads took a welcome step forward with the announcement that the government is looking to bring parity between serious cycling and driving offences.

A government-commissioned independent report, written by legal expert Laura Thomas, has found that there is a strong case for changing the law to tackle the issue of dangerous and careless cycling that causes injury or death. The report was commissioned as part of the government’s Cycle Safety Review, launched following a series of high-profile incidents involving cyclists in 2017.

Learn more: Visit our website to find out more about cycling and cycle safety.

 

Community engagement

Events: Road safety activities for children 

Each year Brake helps hundreds of organisations and individuals run road safety projects in their communities. Join in and help inspire children to be safe on our roads. We can give you guidance, resources and even match you up with local schools.

Help your local primary school take part in Brake’s Kids Walk on Wednesday 13 June or run a Beep Beep! Day for 2-7 year olds on Wednesday 27 June.

Learn more: Download and share this flyer or visit our website to learn more.

 

Fleet safety

Webinar: Vehicle procurement for safety – active safety systems

Tuesday 27 March 2018, online, 2pm-3.30pm GMT

Vehicle technology is rapidly developing. New devices and vehicle features can have a significant impact on fleet safety by helping drivers avoid crashes and enabling managers to monitor and support their drivers. This webinar will provide guidance on some of the active safety features available and will discuss evidence on their effectiveness, to help fleet managers make informed choices when purchasing and upgrading vehicles.

  • The features of active safety systems and the current technology available
  • Detecting people outside the vehicle
  • Minimum standards that global organisations should demand and adopt to procure the safest vehicles.

This webinar is possible thanks to funding kindly provided by National Vehicle Distribution.

Sign up: Click here to book your place.

 

Brake Helpline

Brake's accredited helpline is available to anyone in the UK who has been bereaved or seriously injured in a crash or their carers.

Freephone 0808 8000 401 from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday, or email helpline@brake.org.uk.

The Brake Helpline will be closed for the Easter weekend from 4pm on Thursday 29 March. We will open again as normal at 10am on Tuesday 3 April.

If you need support before we are next available, please visit our online support guides or read these web-pages where there is information about coping after a road crash, or contact the Samaritans on 116 123 if you want to talk to somebody.