Today marks the start of the UN’s ‘Decade of Action for Road Safety.’
Forgive me, then, if I am already underwhelmed by the proposals, which promise to focus on ‘protecting vulnerable road users’, but are still getting things arse-about-tit by attempting to achieve this through ‘greater helmet use’ and ‘safer road infrastructure’, which to me smells suspiciously like a safer road environment for faster car drivers.
The official slogan of the UN’s campaign appears to be
WEAR. ACT. BELIEVE.
and I can only sigh with despair at what the ‘wearing’ part of this road safety equation involves.
Meanwhile, The Nottinghamshire Road Safety Partnership have wasted no time in getting in the act. They note that
Last year three cyclists were killed and another 63 were seriously injured on Nottinghamshire’s roads
So – time for action.
We are fully committed to reducing cycle accidents on our roads.
Sounds good. What do they think is the problem?
With a rise in the number of cyclists on our roads due to people wanting to become fitter or for economic reasons, we want to reduce the increased possibility of road collisions by ensuring that people know how to navigate the road on their cycles.
Ah yes. Of course. All those cyclists are being killed and injured because they do not how to how navigate the road. On their cycles.
But poor navigation skills can’t be the only reason for the high cyclist KSI toll on Nottinghamshire’s roads, surely? There must be some other reason?
We are really happy to support both the United Nations global campaign ‘Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020’ – which also encourages cyclists to wear helmets – and Nottingham-based charity Headway’s ‘Action for Brain Injury Week’, as they help to raise the profile of all the work and awareness campaigning that’s being done to improve road safety.
Ah, of course.
It’s so comforting to know that those in power – from the UN, right down to Nottinghamshire County Council – are focusing on the real road safety problem.
(Thanks to Amsterdamize for drawing my attention the the Nottinghamshire piece)