City solicitors help college students with safety tips

By on 27/11/2014 in Cllr McKay, News

Students at Bournville College picked up free bike lights and road safety advice as part of its Be Safe week.

Solictors Philip Edwards and Rayner Grice from the Birmingham office of Clarke Willmott attended the event to urge cycling students to keep safe by lighting up their bikes on dark winter nights. They were joined by officers from Birmingham City Council who lead on road safety matters.

Latest Department of Transport Statistics show that 109 cyclists were killed and 19,329 were injured in 2013. Cycling is a popular means of transport for students yet many risk their lives by cycling without the appropriate lighting due to financial limitations.

Philip Edwards, a Partner of Clarke Willmott Birmingham and leader of the Serious Injury team said: “It is vital that cyclists, who are particularly vulnerable on the roads, have the best chance to be seen and stay safe and I am delighted to be able to help the students to do so. I see the consequences of serious injury and fatal crashes regularly, and if this initiative helps prevent even one such incident – it will have been worthwhile.â€

Leon Lewis, Bournville College’s cycling champion, said: “Not only is it illegal to cycle on a public road after dark without lights and reflectors, but people are putting themselves and others at risk by doing so. Our student safety is at the heart of everything we do and thanks to Clarke Willmott we’re able to help our cycling students stay safe on roads this winter.â€

Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for Social Cohesion, Equalities and Community Safety, whose portfolio covers road safety, said: “We welcome any opportunity to work with local businesses and partners to champion road safety and raise awareness of how our plans for widespread 20 mph limits will help make journeys safer. At this time of year it is especially important for cyclists to keep safe and sessions like this will have a positive impact.â€

Other safety and wellbeing groups visiting Bournville College during Be Safe week include RoSPA, West Midlands Police and Aquarius and A Team alcohol support services.

Last Week Clarke Willmott also lent its support to Starbank Primary School in Yardley by organising a road safety banner competition. The winning banner – which urged drivers to slow down – was unveiled to coincide with national road safety charity Brake’s Road Safety Week.

Clarke Willmott has also announced that the Child Brain Injury Trust and the Penny Brohn Cancer Charity will be their official charities for 2015.


Notes to editors

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We are client-led; a strategic resolve which has resulted in our earning a strong reputation in sectors such as real estate and construction, retail, sport, social housing, agriculture, renewable energy and private client.

Located within the heart of the Birmingham Colmore Business District, yet discreetly positioned, Clarke Willmott Bimingham is able to provide comprehensive bespoke advice and solutions to clients. This has enabled the office to attract and retain a number of high street and global names secure in the knowledge that they receive first class advice and service whilst confidentiality is always a high priority

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