The north-east of England has received a welcome financial boost from the government of £3.2 million to improve safety for cyclists in the area. It is hoped that increased safety will encourage residents and visitors to take to their bikes, rather than use their cars.
In the north-east of England, cyclists are rubbing their hands in delight as their safety has now moved to the top of the agenda thanks to an award of £3.2 million by the government. The money is part of the government’s £40 million fund announced recently by Transport Minister Norman Baker. It is hoped that people in the area will take advantage of the new safety measures for cyclists, and get out on their bikes rather than taking their cars.
In 2012 the Department for Transport announced that it would be investing £107 million in the cycling infrastructure of the UK, and also launched a new ‘Think’ campaign to encourage motorists and cyclists to be extra vigilant on the roads in order to prevent accidents.
Top cycling accidents compensation law firm: Accident Advice Helpline, deal with many claims for compensation from cyclists who have had to negotiate dangerous roads and junctions. A representative of the company commented,
“This is great news, and I’m sure the money will go a long way to reducing the number of accidents involving cyclists in the north-east. Junctions can be a particular hazard for cyclists, so any attempt to make them safer is a welcome move.”
MEP for the north-east, Fiona Hall, who is a prominent local campaigner for cycle safety said,
“This money will make a real, practical difference for North East road users……The more we can do to improve safety, the more people will see cycling as a viable and attractive alternative to the car.”
Cyclists are very vulnerable to road and traffic conditions, and this was illustrated by figures released in 2012 by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, which stated that 3,000 cyclists are either killed or seriously injured on our roads every year.
Road safety campaigners in the north-east, however, are confident that numbers will drop when the new safety measures are put in place over the next 12 months.
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