Safety day to try and lower cyclist deaths in Long Eaton

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Long Eaton has the highest proportion of deaths and injuries for cyclists in any parish in Derbyshire so a safety day is taking place to try and raise more awareness.

In three years 11 cyclists have died and 59 been injured.

To help put the spotlight on cycle and road safety firefighters from Long Eaton Fire Station will be holding a cycle safety awareness event on Thursday, August 11 between 2-4pm in the Market Place, Long Eaton.

A mock crash involving a car and pedal cyclist will be the central focus for the free event.

It is being organised by Derbyshire Fire and Rescue, Derbyshire police, the St. John Ambulance’s Community First Aid Road Show Team and Derbyshire County Council - who run the ‘County Rider’ cycle scheme - to highlight of the dangers on our roads for pedal cyclists and motorists that may encounter them.

Watch Manager Craig Shawcroft, responsible for road safety engagement said: “We recognise that there are a high proportion of incidents involving cyclists in Long Eaton and we are keen to raise awareness and help to prevent further incidents from occurring.

“I’d encourage everyone in the Long Eaton area to come along and see how they can stay safe both as a cyclist and as a motorist too.”

To help promote cycle safety, firefighters have also joined up with Long Eaton Cycles, on Tamworth Road, who will be on hand to offer cycle safety advice and 25 per cent off the purchase of cycle helmets and other cycle safety gear.

Derbyshire County Council will be promoting their ‘County Rider’ scheme, whereby anyone aged 18 or over who lives, works or study’s in Derbyshire, wanting to learn to cycle, improve their cycling skills, or just eager to dust off their rusty, trusty steed, can sign up for free one-to-one cycle training.

The scheme offers up to four training sessions and each one can last up to two hours, please have a bike and appropriate safety gear before registering an interest.

For more information on the cycle scheme or to book email countyrider@derbyshire.gov.uk or ring 01629 538060