Road Safety Week 23rd-29th November

8-RSW-Meetings-and-appointments430pxEmployers are being urged to encourage staff to Drive less, live more – the theme of this year’s Road Safety Week.

  • Two thirds (63%) of trips are made by car, including four in 10 (40%) trips of less than two miles.
  • Average walking trips per person have decreased by 27% since 1995.
  • A quarter of adults in England are obese and the cost to the NHS of people being overweight is estimated at £4.2 billion a year.
  • Incorporating activity like walking and cycling into everyday life is effective for losing weight.
  • In 2013 there were 1,770 people killed and 22,377 people seriously injured on UK roads. The vast majority of casualties are attributable to driver error.
  • 22% of UK greenhouse gas emissions come from road transport.
  • Air pollution is estimated to cause 24,000 deaths a year in the UK, half attributable to road transport.
  • The number of cars is set to increase by 43% by 2035 and traffic delays by 50%.

Suggestions for employers – analyse your ‘at-work’ mileage to see if journeys can be reduced or better planned to improve efficiency; set up a scheme encouraging active and sustainable commuting and/or run a car free day for staff; organise a sponsored run or bike ride; run an activity showing how many calories walking and cycling burns;

To register for Road Safety Week 2015 and get a free email action pack – visit www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/content/569-rsw15theme

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