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London Road Safety Unit

Road safety news 2010

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Highways Agency trials star rating system

The Highways Agency is trialling whether a new star rating system for the safety of the trunk road network can help it identify engineering measures to reduce road collision casualties. The Agency is trialling the Road Safety Foundation's system which gives a star rating for safety features for every 3km stretch of road. The Foundation's work is part of the European Road Assessment Programme (EuroRAP).

Work begins on Cycle Superhighways

TfL announced that work had started on the delivery of London's first two pilot Cycle Superhighways. The two routes, part of 12 Cycle Superhighways planned for the Capital, run from Merton to the City via the A24 and A3, and Barking to Tower Gateway via the A13 and Cable Street. The Cycle Superhighways, a key part of the Mayor's commitment to stimulate a cycling revolution in the Capital, will benefit London's cyclists by making it safer and easier to commute by bike between outer and inner London on direct and continuous cycle routes.

New campaign to cut motorcycle collisions

The Road Safety Minister launched a bold new motorcycling campaign designed to tackle the huge over-representation of motorcyclists in road casualty figures. The new adverts show bikers with flashing neon signs attached to their bikes, showing the rider's name and adding a description such as 'shy, retiring type' or 'new dad'. The campaign results from research which showed that drivers are more likely to notice motorcyclists on the roads if they personally know a biker, and aims to encourage all drivers to see the person behind the helmet.

A new generation of cyclists

The Transport Minister launched a new 'Active Travel Strategy' aimed at providing access to cycle training for every child, creating a generation of new, safer cyclists. The Strategy is cross-Governmental, led by the Department for Transport and the Department of Health, with the intention of getting more people walking and cycling more often and more safely.

Changes to motorway speed limits

The Department for Transport published proposals to simplify motorway speed limits for buses, coaches and heavy goods vehicles. The changes are needed because of differences that have arisen between new vehicles, which are fitted with speed limiters, and older vehicles which are not. The proposals include setting the motorway speed limit at 60mph for all goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, regardless of whether they are fitted with a speed limiter.

Seat belt campaign

The Road Safety Minister launched a hard hitting THINK! campaign reminding drivers of the potentially fatal consequences of not wearing a seat belt. The campaign shows that if you have a crash without wearing a seat belt you actually experience three crashes. First your car crashes and stops, second, because there's nothing to stop you moving, your body carries on and hits the inside of the car, and third you stop but your internal organs keep moving, hitting the inside of your body, and possibly rupturing under the force of the impact. It is estimated that about one life could be saved each day if everyone always wore a belt.