• Children under 5 years old need to learn what traffic is, that it can be dangerous, and simple ways of keeping safe, like holding hands
  • 1901 people were killed on GB roads in 2011
  • One of the best ways for children to be safer is for adults to set a good example when using the roads, on foot or in the car
  • The road environment is essential for children’s freedom, development and fitness but roads need to be treated with respect
  • 23,122 people were seriously injured on GB roads in 2011
  • 5 people every day are killed on GB roads
  • Primary school age is the best time for children to learn about using the roads safely, ready for more independent travel when they go up to secondary school
  • Most children under 9 years old are unable to judge how fast vehicles are going or how far away they are
  • LGVs were involved in 12,238 accidents in 2011, resulting in 191 deaths and 1,681 serious injuries
  • The risk of children being involved in a road accident rises when they start secondary school
  • The largest number of pedestrians who are hurt on the roads are between 11 and 15 years of age
  • HGVs were involved in 6,709 accidents in 2011, resulting in 259 deaths and 1,077 serious injuries
  • Secondary school children are likely to take greater risks without thinking about the potential consequences. Teenagers need to be taught how to assess these risks and make informed choices when using the road environment
  • Children are more likely to die in a road collision than from any other accidental cause – but let’s not focus on the negative – you can help!
  • Between ¼ and 1/3 of all road deaths and serious injuries involve people driving for work
  • In 2011 nearly 20% of all car occupants killed or seriously injured were 17-24 years old - when they start driving lessons a good road safety understanding will be invaluable
  • Every day of the year more than 150 vehicles driven on company business crash


Top Tips for Cyclists

  • See, be seen and BE SAFE - wear high visibility clothing and ensure you have good quality lighting when riding at night. Wear your cycle helmet.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times, keep to the left at all times except when passing others or turning to the right across the carriageway. Look and listen for others.
  • Make others aware of your intentions by signalling clearly and boldly and positioning yourself on the road prior to any change in direction.
  • Ride defensively, it is safer to assume motorists have not seen you or are oblivious to you. Vehicles entering and leaving the main carriageway either via side roads or private drives often do not see cyclists. Always ensure you have enough road space to take evasive action if required. Cyclists have every right to use the roads.
  • Left-turning vehicles, particularly large vehicles, are a special hazard. Be prepared for vehicles to cut across your path, even mounting pavements and kerbs. If in doubt slow down or stop until they have completed the manoeuvre.
  • When passing rows of parked vehicles it is safer to pull out and stay out rather than repeatedly pulling back to the nearside kerb every time there is a small gap.
  • When using cycle paths be prepared for parked vehicles blocking the path and vehicles crossing the path when entering and leaving side roads.

Extra precautions are necessary when racing on public roads. Bunched (or massed start) races are invariably marshalled and have lead and following vehicles and are run under police authority. However, it is incumbent on all participants to obey the commissaires rules and instruction and if roads are not closed to keep to the left hand lane. For time trials or place to place record attempts the responsibility falls on the rider to comply with the Highway Code and to ride in a safe and responsible manner. In addition to the rules above riders should also take note of the following:

  • Race numbers with high visibility backgrounds should be fixed to clothing so they are clearly visible to the rear when the rider is in the normal racing position on the bicycle.
  • The addition of a rear facing repeater red light (LED type) should be considered as this will help to make other road users aware of the competitor.
  • When overtaking other vehicles pass on their offside and avoid passing on the nearside particularly near roundabouts and junctions.
  • When passing road junctions with a lead in be prepared to take defensive action as motorists entering from the left are prone to be looking back down the road (behind the cyclist) and are not aware how fast a racing cyclist may be travelling.
  • Avoid warming up and/or congregating on the road at the start and finish areas of any race.

Family guide to safe cycling

Road Safety for Child Cyclists

dedicated section will be coming soon but your school may already have signed up to receive Bikeability sessions! Contact your school directly to find out if sessions are scheduled for this year. Also, have a look at www.dft.gov.uk/bikeability and www.bikeabilitywales.org.uk