Focusing on child pedestrian and cycle
safety - 5th November 2007
National Road Safety Week 2007 is being run
from 5th through to the 11th of November.
It aims to prevent the tragedy of child
cyclist casualties. The event is being coordinated by the
national road safety charity
Brake with the support of
Flag Motoring Assistance,
Direct Line and
More information can be found at
The main theme of the 2007 week is child
pedestrian and cyclist safety with Brake urging motorists to
slow down near schools and homes in a bid to help prevent
They are also calling on the government to
take action to protect children
on foot and
bikes and help families to use roads safely.
The event is being supported by the families
and friends affected by child casualties across the country,
with youngsters due to deliver a petition to 10 Downing Street
calling for 20mph speed limits to be enforced around schools.
A survey has shown on average seven children
are seriously injured or killed on UK roads every day.
Department for Transport
figures show children’s deaths on foot and bicycle and in
vehicles are up 14 percent from 156 in 2005 to 178 in 2006.
This is the fifth worst in a European league
table of fifteen countries.