New safety campaign aims to reduce high number of cycling accidents in Wirral

Wirral Globe: Wirral hospital's road safety campaign for cyclists Wirral hospital's road safety campaign for cyclists

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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2:24pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Wirralrob says...

The crystal ball says..... Spend money on segregated cycle lanes, with kerbs separating the bike lane from roads and the footpath. Seems to work in Holland :-(
The crystal ball says..... Spend money on segregated cycle lanes, with kerbs separating the bike lane from roads and the footpath. Seems to work in Holland :-( Wirralrob
  • Score: 4

3:21pm Thu 17 Apr 14

ballacrain says...

I agree with with Wirralrob, also stop kids tying ropes across the proms.
I agree with with Wirralrob, also stop kids tying ropes across the proms. ballacrain
  • Score: 6

5:42pm Thu 17 Apr 14

bigfoot says...

ballacrain wrote:
I agree with with Wirralrob, also stop kids tying ropes across the proms.
And also the lycra louts who use parts of the shared cycle ways for speed trials,
[quote][p][bold]ballacrain[/bold] wrote: I agree with with Wirralrob, also stop kids tying ropes across the proms.[/p][/quote]And also the lycra louts who use parts of the shared cycle ways for speed trials, bigfoot
  • Score: -1

6:36pm Thu 17 Apr 14

steady cyclist says...

Wirralrob wrote:
The crystal ball says..... Spend money on segregated cycle lanes, with kerbs separating the bike lane from roads and the footpath. Seems to work in Holland :-(
Just like the excellent one throughthe Ford estate, www.letstravelise.or
g/cycling will send out free cycling maps and organise training for cyclists, and as we all know motorists when they eventually pass their test take no further training, get on your bike for easter.
[quote][p][bold]Wirralrob[/bold] wrote: The crystal ball says..... Spend money on segregated cycle lanes, with kerbs separating the bike lane from roads and the footpath. Seems to work in Holland :-([/p][/quote]Just like the excellent one throughthe Ford estate, www.letstravelise.or g/cycling will send out free cycling maps and organise training for cyclists, and as we all know motorists when they eventually pass their test take no further training, get on your bike for easter. steady cyclist
  • Score: -3

6:39pm Thu 17 Apr 14

steady cyclist says...

www.letstravelwise.o
rg.uk/cycling for free maps is the correct web addresss.
www.letstravelwise.o rg.uk/cycling for free maps is the correct web addresss. steady cyclist
  • Score: -4

6:59pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Westerly9 says...

To many motorists give too little room while overtaking, assume that cyclists are being arrogant when riding two abreast or taking the middle of the lane at pinch points. Many also think cyclists should be paying road tax when it doesn't exist etc etc.

There needs to be a national awareness campaign aimed at everyone using the roads, not just cyclists themselves.
To many motorists give too little room while overtaking, assume that cyclists are being arrogant when riding two abreast or taking the middle of the lane at pinch points. Many also think cyclists should be paying road tax when it doesn't exist etc etc. There needs to be a national awareness campaign aimed at everyone using the roads, not just cyclists themselves. Westerly9
  • Score: 0

7:34am Tue 22 Apr 14

keef666 says...

The simple way is to ban them outright and the problem solved, then the money could be spent on the footpaths and roads!

Have you see the roundabout at Harrison drive, in New Brighton! cycle lane Heaven and the rest was an after thought for road users
And no i don't like cycles they are a pain in the backside, do any of them know the highway code? riding though red lights, up and down on the footpaths, in and out of traffic, and then they wonder why they get killed?
The simple way is to ban them outright and the problem solved, then the money could be spent on the footpaths and roads! Have you see the roundabout at Harrison drive, in New Brighton! cycle lane Heaven and the rest was an after thought for road users[ still haven't seen a cyclist use it yet!] And no i don't like cycles they are a pain in the backside, do any of them know the highway code? riding though red lights, up and down on the footpaths, in and out of traffic, and then they wonder why they get killed? keef666
  • Score: -1

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