Road safety event coming to Oxford

A road safety event is coming to Oxford on Tuesday 18 October, bringing together organisations committed to reducing deaths and injuries.

The Project Edward (Every Day Without A Road Death) 2022 road trip is stopping off at Catte Street, Radcliffe Square, from 10am - 2pm to share information about road safety issues alongside representatives from a host of other organisations.

These will include Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service, the wider council and cycling campaign group Cyclox. Members of the public can pop along to learn about the latest innovations, ask questions, and get advice about road safety matters.

Councillor Andrew Gant, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways Management, said: “We recently made a commitment to Vision Zero – an ambition to eliminate deaths and serious injuries from road traffic collisions in Oxfordshire by 2050. Tragic incidents on our roads earlier this year focused everyone’s minds on the vital importance on improving safety all users – especially the most vulnerable.

“We have also been making it easier for town and villages to lower their speed limits from 30mph to 20mph, creating safer roads for everyone. That’s why we welcome events such as this road safety day, which give organisations the chance to show the public the work being done in this area.”

Project Edward organiser Darren Lindsey said: “Project Edward is about all road users, road authorities and emergency services joining forces with the aim of zero road deaths. It’s also about how we as road users can take ownership of everyone’s safety.

“Our road trips will be stopping at some exciting events to observe and share knowledge and good practice.”

Andy Ford, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Community Safety Education Manager, said: “We look forward to meeting the public at this event to discuss the work we are doing to make travelling on our roads safer for everyone, particularly the most vulnerable users.”

Claire Benson, Specialist Units Manager, of the Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit, said: “Thames Valley Police are pleased to be attending the Project Edward event, raising awareness of the road safety schemes we have in place across the Thames Valley. We are committed to keeping our roads safe for all and there will be an opportunity to find out about Community Speedwatch and Road Safety Cameras.”

Dr Alison Hill, Chair of Oxford cycle campaign group Cyclox, said: “I look forward to attending this event in order to promote the Vision Zero campaign. The tragic deaths in the last two years of four young women while riding bikes in Oxford show there is no time to lose when it comes to reaching our goal of eliminating deaths and life changing injury from collisions on our roads.”

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