Drivers are urged to ditch the car

Glasgow City Council support Road Safety Week 2015
Glasgow City Council support Road Safety Week 2015

Glasgow’s Green Year is supporting the 2015 UK Road Safety Campaign to encourage drivers to ditch the car in a bid to make roads safer, improve the air we breathe and protect the environment.

This year’s Road Safety Week campaign which launched on Monday is organised annually by Brake, the road safety charity, which is calling on drivers to “drive less, live more”.

Brake says that road safety isn’t just about driving safely and legally but it is also making our streets more pleasant and less polluted. If more people were to take more active travel opportunities it would help them to be healthier while roads would have less traffic and be safer, the charity added.

Bailie Elizabeth Cameron, Chair of Glasgow’s Green Year 2015 and Glasgow City Council’s Executive Member for Children, Young People & Lifelong Learning spoke to The Extra and added her support for the campaign saying: “We are delighted to support the 2015 Road Safety Week and its theme this year of ‘drive less, live more’.

“On the first day of this year’s Road Safety Week the road in front of Glasgow’s City Chambers was shut for the day to allow bike ability training for local school children to take place and to promote sustainable travel across our city.

“Road Safety Week this year also ties in well with Glasgow Green Year monthly theme of improving air quality by encouraging our citizens to ditch the car and instead walk, cycle or use public transport where they can.

“It can be a real eye opener to work out how much calories you will burn, money you can save and pollution you won’t create by making informed and sustainable transport choices. We want to encourage all Glaswegians, no matter what age, to play their part to support a healthier and safer Dear Green Place.”

Gary Rae, director of communications and campaigns at Brake, said: “Road Safety Week has become the most crucial fixture in our calendar for raising public awareness of road safety and makes clear the link between improving road safety, preventing casualties, protecting people and the planet, and our choice of
transport.

“We understand that not everyone has freedom of choice in the way they travel, hence we continue to have a strong year-round focus campaigning for a safer environment for walking and cycling through our GO 20 campaign.”

Specsavers co-founder, Dame Mary Perkins, said: “Specsavers is proud to continue to work with Brake to support Road Safety Week, a timely reminder of the dangers on our roads. As winter approaches, bad weather and dark nights impact on visibility affecting pedestrians, cyclists and drivers alike.

“But we hope this doesn’t discourage people from walking and cycling at this time of year. We would urge all road users to ensure they have regular eye tests in order to keep both themselves and their loved ones safe and to cut down on the amount of preventable collisions on our roads.”