Corby Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Management Team are supporting communities across the borough to think ‘safe’ on the roads as part of National Road Safety Week on Monday 19th – 23rd November.
The campaign is part of a series of national awareness raising events organised by National Road Safety Charity, Brake. This year’s theme is ‘Be Bike Smart’. Agencies will be promoting the importance of being aware of cyclists and motorcycle riders, ensuring both drivers and riders adopt safe driving behaviours to reduce the number of crashes. The team will be delivering a series of road safety talks and activities at local Primary and Pre-Schools alongside the Neighbourhood Policing Teams.
The week will round off with a Bike Safety event, in Corby Town Centre on Saturday 24th November in partnership with Northamptonshire Fire Service, Northamptonshire County Council and Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Policing teams. This event will coincide with the launch of a new bike re-conditioning scheme, Re:cycle Corby led by local family support charity, Home Start and Corby Town Shopping & Willow Place.
Re:cycle Corby takes in any abandoned bikes to re-furbish and distribute free of charge of people and families not able to purchase one. For those that bring their bike to the event ‘Dr Bike’ will be on hand to offer bike safety checks completely FREE of charge, making sure your bike is in tip-top condition. The check includes adjusting gears, ensuring brakes are working effectively, replacing any worn brake pads or damaged cables, tyre and chain wear check and general security of the bike’s bolts and components.
The campaign will also support the countywide Op Close Pass initiative, led by Northamptonshire Police.
Lead Member for Housing and Neighbourhood Services, Cllr Bob Eyles, said:
“This campaign is a great opportunity to work with partners to raise awareness of the dangers faced by cyclists and motorcycle riders and help to improve safety for this group of road users.”
Corby Rural Policing Team Sergeant Rob Offord said:
“It’s important for cyclist and motorcyclists to understand that although you may be following the rule of the road, they are still vulnerable to most other road users. Therefore cyclists need to consider the need to stay safe. Sometimes having an understanding that other road users may make mistakes or may not see them, will stop them from becoming a casualty”
Neil Holland, Access Development Officer for Northamptonshire Highways said:
“Cycle Northants, from Northamptonshire Highways’ Road Safety and Travel Choices Team, will be in attendance on the 24 November to answer questions and promote Operation Close Pass and will be displaying their “Close pass” mat to highlight the safe passing distance drivers should give when overtaking cyclists to members of the public. Operation Close Pass leaflets will be available, detailing advice to both drivers and cyclists on best practice behaviour to help keep vulnerable road users safe on the county’s roads. FREE Corby Cycle Maps will also be available on the day.”