Merton scoop international road safety award

Future Merton’s Road Safety team scooped the Prince Michael of Kent International Road Safety Award 2012 for the Brighter Biker rider training scheme.

The team work with Transport for London, the Metropolitan Police and rider training schools to deliver a unique programme that targets motorcyclist and moped riders by providing advice and Compulsory Bike Test training for novice riders, and the Bike Safe programme for experienced motorcyclists.

The programme consists of theory and practical sessions covering dangers and consequences of on road accidents, the law for riders, safety equipment, buying a vehicle, the CBT (Compulsory Basic Training), passing the DSA motorcycle test, and ongoing ‘post test’ rider training. The course also provides a number of free road safety resources for young riders.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, Councillor Andrew Judge, said: “Motorcycle and moped casualties remain a concern for Merton. Serious road injuries and fatalities have risen by 17% since last year. Merton’s road safety team have worked hard to reduce the number of casualties through awareness campaigns and training programmes. Well done to them on receiving the Prince Michael of Kent award for the Brighter Biker scheme.”

The award was presented to Keith Filby, Smarter Travel Officer, by Adrian Walsh, Director of road safety partnership Roadsafe, at a recent Brighter Biker course.

For more information about the scheme, and to sign up to road safety training, visit: http://www.merton.gov.uk/beabrighterbiker

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Notes to editors:

– Brighter Biker provides training for pre
learner moped and scooter riders. Future Merton’s Road Safety Team offer potential moped and scooter riders FREE off and on-road training.

– Earlier this year Future Merton’s Road Safety Team also won the Laurie Bunn award (promoted by the London Road Safety council).