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Road Safety Trust grant programme protects vulnerable road users

Road Safety Trust grant programme protects vulnerable road users

The Road Safety Trust is promoting safety for vulnerable road users through its latest grant programme.

Due to close on 21 June 2019, the ‘Innovative Traffic Calming and Provision for Vulnerable Road Users’ grant programme is aiming to generate new ideas and knowledge to find out what works in terms of ways in which road users can feel safe.

These ideas will be translated into innovative new measures that influence road safety policy and practice, supporting collaborative working to ultimately benefit road users.

Sally Lines OBE is the Chief Executive of the Road Safety Trust; she said the Trust is wholly committed to making roads in the UK much safer.

She said: “Traffic calming measures range from traditional engineering solutions through to more innovative interventions, so we are keen to understand the factors influencing the effectiveness of particular measures.

“Why do they work? How are they evaluated? How can they be replicated with similar success elsewhere?

“There are many types of vulnerable road user, or many reasons why they might be vulnerable, such as the amount of protection they receive in a road environment, or because their capability of dealing with the road environment is limited.

“We suspect that data to measure the full extent of the problem is missing.

“Making proper provision for vulnerable road users should be a key part of any casualty reduction initiative, and we understand that within the scope of ‘provision’ there are many possibilities.

“We believe that through this year’s grant programme, there are some exciting and worthwhile opportunities to make a tangible and sustained difference to the risks faced by our most vulnerable road users.”

Applicants must outline the outcomes and impact for road safety in their submissions, how outcomes are calculated and what they will achieve.

The Road Safety Trust is trying to direct the conversation on safety, mirroring the pattern seen elsewhere to eradicate collisions on our road network.

Recipients of the grant programme will find out in November.

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