Cleveland Fire Brigade is reminding all road users (incl .pedestrians, runners, dog walkers and cyclists) to make sure they are visible on these dark mornings and evenings.
This initiative is part of the Brigade’s support for the annual BRAKE Road Safety Week (18-24 November) which this year has the theme ‘Step Up For Safe Streets’.
Andrew Bright, the Brigade’s Learn and Live Co-ordinator said, “This is the time of the year when people out and about on the streets can go unnoticed to passing motorists as they sometimes simply cannot be seen. By wearing reflective clothing or attaching light reflectors on your bag, sleeve or even your dog, means accidents can be avoided and lives saved. Cyclist should have lights and reflectors on their bikes but can further enhance their visibility using additional reflectors.”
The Brigade is shining a light on winter road safety. If you are in a running, dog-walking, cycling or walk to school group, just follow us on Instagram, post a photo of your group and tag us in and we will be in touch with the first 50 groups to provide you with FREE light-up reflectors to help our communities Be Safe and Be Seen (limited supply available).
Between April 2018 and March 2019, the Brigade attended 323 road traffic collisions and 37% of these (119) were during the winter months from November to the end of February
Every 20 minutes someone is killed or seriously injured on a British road and each of these tragedies is preventable. BRAKE Road Safety Week is a reminder for everyone to learn about what they can do to avoid becoming another road casualty.
For more information on Brake Road Safety Week go to www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk
THEY let their feet do the talking - and good causes across Teesside are walking tall thanks to their efforts.
The Boro Walkers Association have picked up the October Boro Hero Award for their tireless fundraising work.
Launched by elected Mayor Andy Preston, the Boro Hero Awards are recognition of those who go the extra mile, and make a real difference to the lives of those around them.
And the latest recipients embody the spirit that brings out the very best in Middlesbrough's communities.
The Boro Walkers Association was formed in 2013, when co-founders Pete Livingstone and Paul Randall got the ball rolling by completing the full 84-mile length of Hadrian's Wall in just two days.
In just a few weeks they'd raised more than £12,000, and as their numbers began to grow, so did the number of challenges they took on, and the number of local charities they were able to support.
With more than 200 members, and more than 5,000 members of their Facebook page, the Boro Walkers have raised a staggering £170,000 to date.
Fundraising activities range from long distance walks and football tournaments to running events, boxing and evening entertainment, and this year's chosen charities include Butterwick Hospice, the Teesside branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Lorne House.
Co-founder and Chairman Pete Livingstone said: "From that first phone call, the Boro Walkers has grown into something that brings the whole community together on a big scale.
"Lots of people who wouldn't normally go out walking have thrown themselves into it, and what's been achieved is down to them.
"Every penny that comes in goes to the chosen charities - nothing is taken out to cover overheads or expenses.
"We are only accepting this award on behalf of everybody who has participated in the various events since 2013, fundraised and supported us on Facebook - without them we are nothing."
Presenting the Boro Walkers Association with the October 2019 Boro Hero Award, Mayor Preston said: "What an amazing example set by a group of ordinary lads who between them have achieved something truly extraordinary.
"They undertake some pretty gruelling challenges, but that benefits their own health and wellbeing, and their efforts have changed lives for the better.
"They are thoroughly deserving winners of this month's Boro Hero Award."
- The Mayor will pick each month's Boro Hero from the list of nominations, with the winners also invited to attend the prestigious Civic Community Awards in April 2020 where an overall Boro Hero of the Year will be announced.
To nominate your Boro Hero, visit www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/borohero