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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Jun
08

Time for 20mph

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Since March we have all been experiencing lower volumes of traffic on our roads and apart from some drivers, who have been taking advantage of open roads to speed, this has been very beneficial for walkers, cyclists and communities as a whole.

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May
27

Seven years gone: A letter to Lidia

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Iris’s partner Lidia was killed on the road on 23 May 2013. Iris has kindly given permission for us to share a letter she has written to Lidia, seven years on from this tragedy. Brake provides support to people affected by road death and serious injury through the National Road Victim Service. If you need support, we are there for you. Find out more and how to get in touch at www.brake.org.uk/victim-support.

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May
21

No need to speed: The case for 10mph limits in certain residential areas

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Sir Bob Russell, who was MP for Colchester from 1997 to 2015 and for several years was Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Road Safety Group, suggests that we should now be looking at introducing 10mph speed limits on some new housing developments.

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