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Be Bike Smart: Road Safety Week

cyclistLocal MSP David Stewart, Labour,  is supporting the charity Brake’s road safety theme ‘Bike Smart’ part of Road Safety Week which takes place between 19th and 25th November 2018.

Cyclists and motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable road users in the UK, with more than 100 riders injured every day in needless, preventable collisions. This is why this year BRAKE the road safety charity are focussing on those that use two wheeled vehicles.

David Stewart said:

David Stewart MSP“Over the past eight years we at the North Of Scotland Driver Awareness Team (NOSDAT)have as a team and by working with others, made a real difference with regards road safety across the Highlands Islands and Moray.

“We have secured five road safety awards in recognition of our work, had some influence in persuading the UK Government to look again and improve the training of young and new drivers with a pilot Graduated Licence scheme being trialled in Northern Ireland..

“Whilst we worked closely with SCID (Scottish Campaign against Irresponsible Drivers) we have been successful in persuading the Scottish Government to introduce drug driving limits in Scotland and by working in partnership with local businesses, we have launched many other successful local road safety campaigns.

“By working together, we can and will continue to make our roads safer.”

David Stewarts colleague, Rhoda Grant MSP has lodged the following motion in the Scottish Parliament:

“That the Parliament supports the road safety charity, BRAKE, during Road Safety Week 2018, which extends from 19 to 25 November; acknowledges that the theme this year is Bike Smart; considers that cyclists and motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable road users in the UK, with more than 100 riders injured every day in needless, preventable collisions and notes that motorcyclists are 38 times more likely to be killed in a collision than car occupants per mile ridden; further considers that more people are cycling so that there is a greater need to protect them with a safe systems approach, and urges all road users to be Bike Smart.”


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