News from Brake
Wednesday 9 October 2019
Alex Sobel, MP for Leeds North West, has today been named road safety parliamentarian of the month for September by Brake, the road safety charity, and Direct Line Group. The award recognises Alex’s attempt to kick start action to improve the way his constituents can move around in safe and healthy ways, with the launch of his transport strategy for Leeds North West.
The strategy sets out four key strategic principles for the future of transport in the city. It recommends that any future transport infrastructure changes should focus on promoting public transport, cycling and walking, promoting environmental sustainability, improving the local economy and benefiting public health both physical and mental.
Alex created these strategic principles to start the conversation about what can be done about his constituency’s creaking transport infrastructure. They are intended to ensure proper investment in the transport network based on a comprehensive strategy.
Road safety charity, Brake, are also calling for the transformation of urban transport nationwide, enabling people to move around in safe and healthy ways with priority given to getting around by bicycle, on foot or by affordable public transport. The safety campaigners want to see significantly increased investment in cycling and walking infrastructure, safer default speed limits (20mph in urban areas), and public transport made more accessible and affordable.
Commenting, director of campaigns for Brake, Joshua Harris said: “I am delighted to name Alex as this month’s road safety parliamentarian award winner. His transport strategy is a bold attempt to change the way transport infrastructure is discussed and focus on promoting safe and healthy forms of getting around, such as cycling, walking and affordable public transport, which will be of great benefit to his constituents.
“We should all be free to move around in safe and healthy ways, and it’s time to transform our urban areas so that the needs of people come first. More and safer routes for people walking and cycling alongside slower vehicle speeds are vital to help make our cities more safe and healthy places to be.”
MP for Leeds North West, Alex Sobel said: “I am grateful to Brake, a wonderful charity that does fantastic work promoting safe sustainable transport, and Direct Line Group for this award. The strategy is a first step in ensuring that we have a sustainable, grassroots approach to fixing transport in our city region. I am looking forward to continuing engagement with my communities around how we develop these strategies into positive action. I will be in Otley on Thursday to do this with residents there and will have several more events to look out for. It is wonderful to receive recognition for the work that we are doing in Leeds North West but the real reward will come when we see a sustainable and safe transport network come to fruition.”
Gus Park, Managing Director of Motor, Pricing and Underwriting at Direct Line Group, said: “We are very pleased that Alex Sobel has been selected as the Road Safety Parliamentarian of the month for the launch of his transport strategy for Leeds North West. This is a significant step towards ensuring that the future transport infrastructure in his constituency aligns with the needs of local residents and road users.”
Notes to editors:
- Alex Sobel MP’s transport strategy: https://alexsobel.co.uk/press_release/alex-sobel-transport-strategy-launched/
- Brake’s vision for safe and healthy mobility: http://www.brake.org.uk/assets/images/campaigns/Brakes-Vision-for-Safe-and-Healthy-Mobility.pdf
Brake is a national road safety and sustainable transport charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies.
We do this through national campaigns, community education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.
Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.
About Direct Line Insurance Group plc
Direct Line Group is headquartered in Bromley. Through its number of well known brands the Group offers a wide range of general insurance products to consumers. These brands include Direct Line, Churchill and Privilege. The Group also provides insurance services for third parties through its partnerships division, Direct Line Group Partnerships. In the commercial sector, the Group's NIG and Direct Line for Business operations offer insurance products for businesses distributed through brokers or direct, respectively.