An additional £70,000 in funding enabled 1,800 Cumbrian youngsters to benefit from Bikeability training during 2007/8 – but the scheme’s ongoing success depends on finding another 200 qualified instructors.
Chris Wills, spokesman, says: “Central government is trying to make cycle training more authentic and attractive and move away from the ad hoc delivery of previous cycle training.
“We want to encourage existing cycling instructors to move toward Bikeability as well as anyone else who would like to volunteer and gain Bikeability accreditation.”
For further information contact Chris Wills on 07766 578017
Mayor committed to 20mph limit
Ken Livingstone’s transport adviser is confident that a default 20mph speed limit will be rolled out across residential London (Surveyor magazine 31 Jan).
Jenny Jones said Livingstone had gone ‘further than ever before’ by proposing in next year’s budget to encourage the roll out of 20mph zones in all residential areas. She added that rolling out the measures would mean ‘motorists wouldn’t be able to say they were confused about the speed limit anymore’.
Scottish bid to cut deaths
The Scottish Government has suggested overhauling the way road safety measures are delivered and funded, as it seeks ideas for a new strategy to cut the death toll on Scotland’s roads (Surveyor magazine 7 Feb).
The consultation document asks for views on what the priorities of the first Scotland-specific road safety strategy should be. It also highlights the main areas of concern – accidents on rural roads and those involving young male drivers.
Click here to read the Scottish road safety strategy consultation document.
LARSOA AGM – date confirmation
We just wanted to confirm arrangements for the forthcoming LARSOA AGM – there has been some confusion over the date as a result of us publishing the incorrect date in the members’ section.
The AGM will be held at Camden Town Hall, London, on Tuesday 1 April 2008. For further information please contact LARSOA administrator Brian Hogarth.
FSG hosts breakfast seminars
With the Corporate Manslaughter Act becoming law on 6 April, Fleet Support Group (FSG) is holding a series of free breakfast seminars to discuss work-related road safety and its product iRIS.
FSG says the seminars are an excellent opportunity to learn more about how to be part of a changing culture that brings savings and benefits to all. Seminars will be held in the coming weeks in Huntingdon, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Bristol, Newcastle, London, Belfast and Manchester.
For further information contact Debi Reeves on 0844 8000 700.
Sticky end for yellow lines
A council was criticised for causing chaos after it used sticky-back yellow parking lines, which then blew away in a 5mph wind.
The adhesive tape was put down instead of paint in preparation for roadworks. But the markings, in the village of Wateringbury in Kent, blew away leaving residents unsure whether they could park on their own street.
Steve Amiss, a resident, said: "They put down the yellow lines because of road works. But we didn't expect them to put down a load of sticky tape. It's absolutely ridiculous. It's caused a bit of a stir in the village.”
Edmund King, AA spokesman, said: "It would have been a far more sensible option to use cones instead of sticky yellow lines."
Kent County Council said they are investigating the matter.