Road safety is an integral part of community safety, which is why a fund of money will be available for community groups and relevant partners to bid into in order to try and reduce the number of people harmed on Bedfordshire‘s roads.
Road casualties devastate families and communities. Collisions also cost the national economy an estimated £16.3 billion a year and add pressure on the NHS and emergency services.
The partners that make up the Bedfordshire Road Safety Partnership are committed to improving road safety and to this opportunity.
Chief executive for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), Clare Kelly, said:
“Bedfordshire has seen significant reductions in serious collisions over recent years; however we are aware that the trend is now showing signs of increase in serious collisions both in Bedfordshire and also nationally, so we cannot afford to be complacent.
“There is a strong collective will for us to work together; responding to accident trends, with well thought out and evidence based activity using the diverse skills each partner brings in order to achieve real changes and improvements for the people of Bedfordshire.”
The OPCC is encouraging applications from projects and organisations which aim to make the county’s roads safer and help with any of the following objectives set:
- To reduce the number of young drivers, passengers, riders and pedestrians killed or seriously injured in Bedfordshire
- To help build up the confidence of those drivers who have been prevented from driving during the pandemic
- To reduce the social impact of road casualties, at an individual, family and community level
- To reduce the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured on Bedfordshire’s roads whilst increasing the levels of cycling and cycle stages undertaken
- To reduce the number of pedestrians killed or seriously injured on Bedfordshire’s roads
- To reduce the number of motorcyclists killed and seriously injured on Bedfordshire’s roads
- To reduce the number of older people (aged 60 or over) killed or seriously injured on Bedfordshire’s roads
Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake (the road safety charity), said:
“Safe and healthy mobility is everyone’s human right and so improving the safety of our roads and the care for crash victims is vitally important.”
Mark Turner, chief executive of the Road Victims Trust, said:
“The traumatic effect of fatal and life-changing road collisions devastates the lives of so many. Those left bereaved will have their lives changed forever.
“The Road Victims Trust are proud to work in partnership with the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner and Bedfordshire Police to provide the very best levels of care to those whose lives are at their lowest possible ebb.
“This has been made possible by genuine teamwork, innovation and understanding that has served the communities of Bedfordshire so well, this fund will only go further to strengthen that work, which we welcome.”
Information on how to bid into this fund is available here:
The closing date for bids is 6 May 2021.
For anyone affected by mentioned topics, please contact Signpost. Signpost can be reached on the confidential freephone number 0800 0282 887 and support services across a wide range of crimes can also be accessed via its website, if individuals prefer to self-refer.