Stoke-on-Trent South MP Jack Brereton has announced his support for the annual ‘Road Safety Week’ at an event in Parliament.
The week is organised by road safety charity Brake and is themed around ‘Bike Smart’. It is encouraging road users to be cautious around ‘vulnerable’ cyclists and bikers.
Mr Brereton MP met with Brake in Parliament to learn more about why cyclists and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable. It was also discussed how people in Stoke-on-Trent South can be more bike smart and help keep cyclists safer.
He said: “As one of Brake’s ‘road safety Parliamentarians’ of the month, I am delighted to support their work on Road Safety Week.
“In particular, I’ll be focusing on making sure all road users are ‘Bike Smart’. Cyclists and motorcyclists are amongst the most vulnerable and we all must do more to reduce dangers on our roads.”
Brake found that a third of deaths and serious injuries suffered by bike riders were on West Midlands’ roads.
The charity also found that cyclists and bikers are on average 34 times more likely to be killed and 63 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured on British roads than cars.
Joshua Harris, director of campaigns at Brake, said: “Every hour, a cyclist or motorcyclist is killed or seriously injured on a British road.
“The Government’s announced focus on rural road user safety is welcome. We encourage the consideration of rural road speed and bike-safe infrastructure, such as segregated cycle lanes, in its plans.
“With one bike rider being killed or seriously injured every hour in Britain. There is no better time for us all to be more ‘Bike Smart’.”