November 2003

Sustrans Ranger day on 30th November 

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Sustrans Ranger day on 30th November 

Thursday, November 13, 2003

It's not in Wolverhampton but...
Any one interested please contact Dave Holman

The Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Ranger group are organising a work party on Sunday Nov 30th, 1000 hrs. I am planning to finish in the Shakespeare, or Boat or Brewery for refreshments.

The main aim is the re sign the Severn Valley Way (45) and Silkin Way (55) that have been signed Route 81. I have obtained permission from T&W, and they have provided detailed maps.

The secondary aim will be to Clean the signs, correctly orientate them, tighten them, trim back any small branches (this is to be restricted to only that which can be re cycled back into the hedgerow, any large branches will be reported to T&W. We don't want to provide obstacles or ammunition for bored little darlings to throw back at us or other cyclist), and conduct a audit of the routes.

Please can you let me know if you are going to attend. If there is only a small group we will start from the Ironbridge Car park (Broseley or south side of the river) If we can muster a large number then we will have a second group starting from the Telford Town Park (this would be better from anyone coming from Wolves on the train)

Please can you let me know if you hold First Aid qualifications.

Andre is conducting a risk assessment as per the ranger handbook.

Tools or things that you need to bring if you have them.
Secatures
Loppers
Gloves and goggles
water container and brush (any ideas?)
Spanner to tighten sign. I'll check what size and get back to you.
simple easy method of gaining height. Has anyone got a small ladder?

Have we any volunteers to take a detailed route/sign audit?

Have we any photographers? I can supply a role of film or even a digital camera.

Any other suggestions gratefully received as this is the first work party that i have organised. What have i forgot?


 

Support Safety Cameras... 

Saturday, November 8, 2003

Speeding motorists are not only acting anti-socially but are a serious
threat to the safety of people riding cycles.
Wolves on Wheels fully supports the West Midlands Safety Camera Partnership. 
We also wish to see blanket 20mph zones implemented in all residential areas, outside schools and in city centres where motor traffic should be a visitor (notdominator) in a largely people orientated environment.
WE also wish to see a reduction in traffic speeds on small rural roads, which were never designed to cope with the traffic speeds that occur on them at present.
You can find out more information about the West Midlands Safety Camera initiative at
http://www.wmsafetycameras.co.uk/index.html


 

Safety cameras save lives! 

Saturday, November 8, 2003

Deaths and serious injuries fell by 35% on roads where speed cameras have been in operation, Transport Secretary Alistair Darling announced.
The findings come from an independent report of the two-year pilot scheme where eight areas were allowed to re-invest some of the money from speeding fines into the installation of more cameras and increased camera use.
The report found that:
There was a 35% reduction in people killed or seriously injured (KSI) at camera sites, compared to long-term trend. This equates to about 280 people.
There was a 14% reduction in personal injury accidents at camera sites, equating to about 510 fewer accidents.
There was a 56% reduction in the number of pedestrians being killed or seriously injured at camera sites.
There were 4% fewer people killed or seriously injured across the pilot areas. This equates to about 530 fewer people killed or seriously injured.
Average speed at all camera sites fell by 10% or 3.7mph.
Average speed at urban sites (30/40 mph areas) fell by 12-13%.
The number of vehicles speeding at camera sites dropped by 67%.
80% of people surveyed in the pilot areas agreed that cameras are meant to encourage drivers to keep to the speed limit, not to punish them.
During the pilot the benefit to society through casualties saved is about £112 million.
The eight partnerships have invested around £20 million recovered from fines to spend on increased camera enforcement on dangerous roads.

Source Dept of Transport

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