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Bristol schools launch Road Safety Week 2015

Two children on bikes
24 November 2015

Bristol schools launched Road Safety Week yesterday (Monday 23rd November 2015) with a commitment to active transport and retaining Bristol's 20mph speed limits. Children celebrated walking, cycling and slower driving speeds with the charity Brake, who lead the campaign.

We understand that not everyone has freedom of choice in the way they travel, hence we continue to have a strong year-round focus campaigning for a safer environment for walking and cycling through our GO 20 campaign.

-  Gary Rae, Director of Communications and Campaigns at Brake

Brake launched its national campaign Drive Less, Live More yesterday to mark the UK’s flagship event to promote safer road use, involving thousands of schools, communities and organisations across the country.

Pupils, parents and staff at the Bridge Learning Campus and New Fosseway SEN School, Whitchurch, took part in the event that was supported by Sustrans, Bristol City Council, walking charity Living Streets.

The council’s 20mph campaign, Bristol’s Better at 20, were on hand to promote safer speeds and active transport with 20mph themed games, while children and staff were able to take part in workshops to get their bikes and scooters fixed by Dr Bike.

Support for slower speeds so children and walk, cycle and scoot safely.

Cllr Simon Cook, Assistant Mayor for Place, including transport, who attended the event, said:

“Not only is it vital that we make our roads safer, but it’s also really important to encourage people to walk and cycle for their own health and wellbeing."

 Encouraging people to walk, cycle or jump on the bus is one of the best ways we can reduce congestion and make our communities healthier and safer.

-  George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol

Neil Willey, associate headteacher at Bridge Learning Campus, said:

“Last year our school council worked with Sustrans to encourage the pupils to walk and cycle to school. We are really excited to work with them again."

Ian Barrett, regional director for Sustrans, said: 

“In Bristol we have seen some great initiatives to reduce incidents through traffic calming and the widespread introduction of 20mph speed limits, but there’s more to do to increase safety and create a liveable city where people of all ages and abilities can walk and cycle with confidence.”

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