Newsletter - 16 December 2017In this newsletter:
Declaration of every child’s right to safe & healthy streets
The #EveryLife Declaration and campaign is being organised by the United Nations with 16 other international organisations.
See the powerful 1 minute video (click on the image).
New charter to prevent the arrogance of unaccountable powerFollowing the Hillsborough disaster, the Right Reverend James Jones has written a report detailing the suffering of the families.
His report The patronising disposition of unaccountable power was published in November - "patronising disposition" seems to be a polite term for "arrogance".
The report points out that abuses of power leading to tragedies and suffering continue, and advocates a Charter that public bodies will commit themselves to, including that they will
Abuses of power regarding road safety by the Merseyside authorities making it hard to get at the truth or get deficiencies put right are familiar to Merseyside road safety volunteers. It will be interesting to see if the Merseyside authorities commit to the Charter and change their culture.
Scrutiny of Merseyside Police road safety performanceThe Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy meets the senior officers of Merseyside Police every 3 months to review the Police performance.
It is a step forward that road safety is now considered at these meetings, and there are some signs at the latest meeting of more road safety initiatives being taken, and provisionally a fall in the number of serious road casualties in Merseyside. However there was no discussion at the latest meeting of
Update on the regional road safety strategyThe new road safety strategy for the Liverpool City Region was published in July 2017, but many road safety volunteers feel it is inadequate and the measures included will not achieve the target reduction in injuries. At two recent meetings, there was agreement that more needs to be done. The agreed meeting notes have been published:
Systematic Safety in the NetherlandsAmidst the uncaring and incompetent approach to road safety so often seen in Merseyside, it's always good to see what can be done to make walking and cycling much safer when an effort is made.
This 8 minute Youtube video on the Dutch system (which is also used in many other places) is worth watching - it is written for a North American audience but it is still very relevant to the UK. (Click on the image.)
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