The Brake Blog

News and views from around the road safety world, with contributions from partners, researchers and campaigners as well as Brake staff and volunteers. All views expressed are those of the contributor and do not necessarily represent those of Brake or its employees.
Jun
22

Transitioning to an e-scooter – The safety concerns

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In line with Government advice at present to avoid public transport, I’m sure quite a few of us will be thinking about alternative forms of transport as the lockdown starts to ease but social distancing measures continue. Walking and cycling are the preferred alternatives, as they involve so-called “active travel”, a key priority of the government pre- and post-lockdown. New modes of transport, particularly micromobility modes, are also increasing, in particular the use of e-scooters. These powered two-wheelers raise several problems for the current legal regime in England and Wales and have had something of a troubled development as cities and states have struggled to regulate safe use wherever they have been introduced. 

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Jun
11

Maintaining safety

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A road vehicle is a highly complex piece of heavy machinery that is used in an environment where a defect, or misuse, can result in serious injury, or death, to the user and to others. This statement should be the starting point for any discussion around vehicle maintenance – cars can be dangerous and must be well maintained and looked after by their owners.

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May
04

Six weeks in: a lowdown on the lockdown at Brake

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COVID-19 has changed many things in many workplaces, but what has not changed at Brake is our unwavering commitment to our vision and strategy – to support road crash victims and to campaign for safe and healthy mobility.

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Mar
18

Why Project24 matters to me

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This week I got the opportunity to visit Co-op Academy Priesthorpe in Leeds with Brake to meet students taking part in Brake’s Project24 competition, which is being run in partnership with Co-op Insurance.

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Aug
01

Vision Zero: Will UK government follow London’s lead?

The Mayor of London’s ‘Vision Zero’ strategy, is bold, ambitious and a positive first step on the road to eliminating road deaths and serious injuries in London. says Joshua Harris, director of campaigns at Brake.

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