6 November 2018
Highlands and Islands Regional MSP and long time road safety campaigner, David Stewart is supporting the ‘Brake’ road safety theme ‘Bike Smart’ as we near this year’s road safety week, which takes place between 19th and 25h 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.
Cycling is one of the healthiest, most environmentally friendly and overall cheapest forms of transport available.
The number of people taking to their bikes is increasing year on year so we need to make sure that they can cycle in as safe an environment as possible.
Motorcyclists are disproportionately involved in collisions and the resulting injuries are often severe.
The speeds motorcycles can travel are equal to those of cars and yet motorcycle riders do not have equal protection in the event of a collision, such as air bags or side-impact bars, exposing them to the full force of impact.
Raising awareness of safe driving behaviour for riders and drivers alike, and therefore limiting motorcycle collisions, is critical to saving lives on UK roads.
“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 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.