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: â€œIt 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 â€“ it will have been worthwhile.â€
Leon Lewis, Bournville Collegeâ€™s cycling champion, said: â€œNot 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 weâ€™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: â€œWe 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 â€“ which urged drivers to slow down â€“ was unveiled to coincide with national road safety charity Brakeâ€™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.
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