More than 1,000 young people will be safer when cycling to and from school this winter thanks to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).
The Bedfordshire Road Safety Partnership have been awarded a grant from the OPCC, which will be distributed to Luton Council, Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Borough Council. The funds will be used to ensure that children who cycle to and from participating secondary schools can receive a free bike check from the ‘Dr Bike’ repair service. The check will include minor repairs if necessary and provide a set of rechargeable front and rear lights.
A QR code will be attached to the lights, providing a direct link to the Bedfordshire Road Safety Partnership website. The website provides users with vital information on cycle maintenance and road safety information. You can find out more about more by going to roadsafetybedfordshire.co.uk.
The Luton Council Road Safety Team started the campaign for safer cycling last year in a small number of Luton secondary schools, receiving excellent feedback from the schools and parents involved.
Richard Hann, Chair of The Bedfordshire Road Safety Partnership Tactical Group and Road Safety Operations Manager - Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Police Tri-force, said: “We need to reach young people who are cycling to school, making sure their bikes are road worthy and so other road users can see them. With the financial support of the OPCC this year we can educate so many more young people on being seen as they utilise an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable way of travel.”