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London Road Safety Unit

LRSU news 2009

Click on any one of the above months in order to browse LRSU news items throughout 2009.

News is updated at the beginning of every month.

LRSU supports Vaisakhi Celebrations

Two characters from the Children's Traffic Club road show appeared at Trafalgar Square to help celebrate Vaisakhi - a celebration of the Sikh New Year. The free event offered many activities including singing and lessons in Bollywood dancing.

LRSU and Bebo team up to reduce teen casualties

Bebo's interactive teen drama Sofia's Diary featured a fatal collision to raise awareness of the number of teenagers killed on London's roads.

As part of the 'Don't let your friendship die on the road' campaign, road safety content has been integrated into the new six week series. LRSU uses the social networking site to reach London's teenage road users.

Work begins on digital speed map for Europe

Hamish Keith, Road Safety Technology Manager, attended a Road Safety Attributes Exchange Infrastructure in Europe (ROSATTE) meeting in Gothenburg. LRSU are working with ROSATTE to produce a digital speed map for Europe.

Head of LRSU promotes Children's Traffic Club on London news

Following a National Audit Office report into pedestrian and cyclist casualties in Great Britain, Chris Lines was interviewed by a the BBC's National News programme. Chris spoke about the success of The Children's Traffic Club in London, a scheme available to 3 and 4 year olds across the capital.

Exchanging Places

LRSU supported Metropolitan and City Police-led Exchanging Places events at three locations in central London and at two London hospitals. The events gave cyclists the opportunity to exchange places with HGV drivers, allowing them to experience the challenges faced by lorry drivers in London.

Numbers killed and seriously injured on London's roads fall

The number of people killed or seriously injured on London's roads fell by seven per cent in 2008. This means 258 fewer people were killed or seriously injured than in 2007. The latest figures made positive stories on the BBC London news and the London regional and local papers.

The LRSU fact sheet 'Casualties in Greater London during 2008' includes a full analysis.

Intelligent Speed Adaptation launch

LRSU announced a six-month trial of ISA technology which will see a London bus, licensed taxi and 20 TfL vehicles fitted with the system. The launch was picked up by newspapers, digital media and television channels across the globe. ISA is based on a digital speed map for London, the most comprehensive and accurate city map in Europe.

Tom Duckham presents at Barcelona road safety forum

Head of London Motorcycle Policy Unit, Tom Duckham, presented at a pan European event which focused on motorcycle safety. Tom's presentation included an overview of the London BikeSafe scheme, looked at London's contribution to the eSUM project, and promoted the unit's Best Practice Guide.

LSCP supports Great Greenwich Get-Together

LSCP teamed up with road safety officers from Greenwich to promote road safety at the Great Greenwich Get Together. The event, held at Winns Common, saw local residents receive advice from a number of community organisations. Visitors to the road safety marquee were offered a range of educational and promotional resources.