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Road Safety Day of Action comes to Cambridge

CAMBRIDGESHIRE and Peterborough’s Vision Zero Partnership will be holding a day of action on Wednesday 8th June to raise awareness of road safety.

Residents and visitors can talk to Camcycle and Police officers about bicycle safety and security, and get children’s car seats checked.

They will also have the opportunity to discuss road and community safety matters with Police and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston, Cambridge City Council and the Road Victims Trust.

The event is being run by the Vision Zero Partnership to raise awareness and engage communities in relevant road safety and community safety messages. The Cambridge event ties in with Bike Week which will see safe and active travel activities across the city throughout the week.

The Vision Zero Partnership is committed to preventing all road deaths across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and to significantly reduce the severity of injuries and subsequent costs and social impacts from road traffic collisions.

The event will be split between two locations in Cambridge – Tesco, Newmarket Road between 10 and 2pm focusing on road safety and Sidney Street, outside Boots between 12 and 4pm focusing on bike safety and e-scooters.

This will be the second of a series of days of action offered across the county by the Vision Zero Partnership, made possible due to funding from the Commissioner. “Any death or serious injury on our roads is one too many,” said Darryl. 

“The police cannot tackle road safety alone – we all have a part to play from those of us who use the roads, whether driving, cycling or walking, to those that design, build and manage them.

“This is a great opportunity for local people to come along and discuss local issues around road safety and I am pleased to have been able to support partners bring this initiative to the county.”

Vision Zero Partnership Delivery Manager, Matt Staton added, “To achieve Vision Zero it is really important we take time to understand the issues that are important to local communities, but also to help everyone understand the part they can play in keeping themselves and others safe on the roads.

“A small change by a lot of people will make a big difference.”

Cllr Alex Beckett, Chair of the Highways and Transport Committee at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “Safety on our roads is a priority for Cambridgeshire and we are committed to the Vision Zero strategy. I’m pleased there is a day of action in Cambridge and the focus on bike safety as this is a specific issue in our city.

“We will be working with the partnership to hold events across the county and we hope everyone will get involved to hear the important road safety messages.”