Cycle safety plan rolls out with kids

NDET 9-5-13 MC 1'Headway charity campaigners Mary Howley and Matthew Smith.
NDET 9-5-13 MC 1'Headway charity campaigners Mary Howley and Matthew Smith.

CHARITY supporters who are campaigning for cycle safety have welcomed a report calling for more measures to protect bikers.

Mary Howley and Matthew Smith, of Headway, have launched a campaign through five schools encouraging youngsters to wear helmets and believe any moves to improve cycle safety and encourage bike riding is a good thing.

Ms Howley said: “We’re doing a project in schools promoting cycle safety among youngsters aged five to 11 and urging them to design posters to encourage them and everyone to wear helmets. The best designs will win a prize and the posters will be used to promote safety.”

The Headway charity, which helps people rebuild their lives after suffering head injuries, launched its campaign as MPs raised concerns in a report calling for greater cycle safety with 20mph zones, more cycle lanes, specialised cycle traffic lights and a ban on heavy lorries on city and town centre streets. The Parliamentary Cycling Group says Britain should increase cycle commuting from two per cent to ten per cent by 2025.