Britain's roads "increasingly lawless territory" as half of drivers admit flouting rules

Half of motorists admit breaking the law while driving, according to a new survey from Brake, which says Britain’s roads are becoming “increasingly lawless territory.”

The road safety charity, which carried out the survey with insurer Direct Line, is calling on the next government to make traffic policing and reducing casualties on the road a priority.

Trek issues quick release skewer voluntary recall

Trek has issued a voluntary safety recall affecting almost 1.7 million bikes in North America and the EU. These are bikes with front disc brakes and the issue involves the quick release skewer. Non-Trek bikes are affected by the same safety issue although they are not subject to the recall.

Safety fears deter kids and teens from cycling, survey finds

Concerns about the danger from traffic are often cited as the reason adults are reluctant to cycle. Road safety charity Brake says that safety concerns deter children and teenagers from cycling too — and their parents from letting them.

Brake surveyed 1,301 11-17 year olds in secondary schools and colleges across the UK, finding almost half (47%) said parental worries were preventing them from starting cycling or cycling more.

Brake also found:

Brake urges drivers to cut speed as Road Safety Week begins

Brake is urging motorists to cut their speed and is urging all road users to look out for each other in a bid to cut the number of deaths of cyclists and pedestrians on Britain’s roads. The appeal accompanies the start today of national Road Safety Week, which Brake co-ordinates, and which will see police targeting motorists whose driving puts others in danger.

Road victim blaming week? Charity Brake defends its Road Safety Week

Road Safety Week begins on Monday, with the theme ‘Look Out For Each Other’. The series of events and schools educational programmes aims this year to “be particularly calling on drivers to protect people on foot and bike by slowing down to 20 in communities, looking longer and taking it slow at junctions and bends, and giving people plenty of room.

“We’ll also call on everyone to put safety first and be considerate to one another, encouraging people on foot and bike to never take chances, and make sure they can be seen.”

2 in 3 drivers say local roads unsafe for families and kids on foot and bikes

Two thirds of British motorists believe that at least some roads in their local areas are unsafe for families to walk and cycle in, according to a survey published by road safety charity Brake in partnership with insurer Churchill. Brake is asking drivers to do something about that by slowing down to 20mph near schools, nurseries, shops, and in residential areas, it is also promoting Beep Beep! days around the country to help educate children to dangers posed by traffic.

Video: How to improve your braking

GCN have put a new video on YouTube to show you how to improve your braking.

The video advises you to use your front brake mostly because that’s the most effective way to slow down.

Yes, we were all told as children to use the front brake sparingly to avoid going over the handlebars, but one brake manufacturer recently told us that pro racers tend to use the front for 80% of their braking, shifting bodyweight backwards when necessary to stop the rear wheel coming off the ground. The video tells you how and when to use your rear brake too.

Video: How to adjust your brakes on a ride

Here’s a new video from Global Cycling Network (GCN) that shows you how to adjust your brakes while you’re out on a ride.

You should check your brakes before heading out, of course, but your brake pads will gradually wear down over time – that’s a fact of life – and sometimes it’ll be necessary to fine-tune them out on the road. This video shows you how to do that quickly and painlessly.

Leeds plans 20mph zones in communities along its £29m "super cycleway"

Leeds City Council plans to introduce 20mph zones in hundreds of streets flanking its proposed £29 million CityConnect segregated bike path linking the city with Bradford. The news comes in a week when safety charity Brake lobbied MPs to support its GO 20 campaign, which it says is supported by eight in ten people.

Half of male drivers admit to falling asleep at the wheel

Men are much more likely than women to nod off at the wheel, with almost half of male drivers saying they have started to fall asleep while driving.

Seven per cent of drivers say they have fallen fast asleep on the road - a statistic that road charity Brake says accounts for 300 deaths a year.

The study of 1,000 drivers carried out for Brake found that half had driven after less than five hours’ sleep - which the charity considers too little for safe driving.

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