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New safety campaign aims to reduce high number of cycling accidents in Wirral
A CAMPAIGN has been launched to try to reduce the number of cyclists being injured on Wirral's roads.
According to police, eleven children and 63 adults were involved in cycling accidents across the borough last year.
But those figures only take into account reported incidents and do not include children or adults attend hospital for treatment after an accident that does not involve police.
Sister Kate Potts, trauma nurse specialist at Arrowe Park Hospital's emergency unit, said: "With the warmer evenings and the lighter nights around the corner, our emergency department will unfortunately see a greater increase in cycle related injury.
"And as more of us turn to cycling as a greater form of exercise, it's important we remind the public just how dangerous our roads can be.
"Working together with Merseyside Police, Wirral Road Safety Team and Halfords, this is all about making sure our hospital staff, patients and visitors are fully aware about the dos and don’ts of riding safely."
A safe-cycling roadshow will take place between next Thursday and Friday, between 10am and 4pm, near the main entrance to Arrowe Park Hospital.
Experts from Halfords will be on hand to check bikes and offer riders a check to ensure their machines are in good working order.
Representatives from Wirral Road Safety Team will be handing out information about riding safely and safe-cycle routes across the borough.
Jillian Murray, children’s liaison manager for Wirral hospital trust, said: “Wirral University Teaching Hospital actively promotes accident prevention as part of its commitment in helping to reduce preventable injuries coming into A&E.
“The children's emergency department continues to work closely with local schools across Wirral on a number of safety campaigns."
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