Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Pedal power for Lewes Borough at East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

Lewes Borough at East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has taken to two wheels as part of UK Road Safety Week.

To help promote cycle safety, staff from Lewes, Barcombe, Seaford and Newhaven Community Fire Stations are taking part in a cycle challenge.

Love to Ride see businesses and organisations competing against each other to see who can get the most staff to ride a bike between Monday 26 May and Sunday 22 June. Find out more on their website: or follow on Twitter @LewesCycleChall

Lewes Community Fire Station also held a special drop in day on 5 June where cyclists were able to have their bikes checked and serviced for free.

Lewes Borough Commander Garry Collins said: “Cycling is a great way to stay healthy and it’s really important to us that those who enjoy getting out and about on the roads return home safely. We know that cyclists are particularly vulnerable but we also know there are simple things everyone can do to make roads safer.

If you are a cyclist – make sure you can be seen. High visibility clothing and lights are a must when it’s dark or gloomy. Also be aware of blind spots in drivers’ mirrors – particularly on bigger vehicles like buses or lorries. And drivers need to be more aware too. Don’t get too close to cyclists, give them plenty of room when you overtake them and make sure you check and double check your mirrors before pulling out or turning.”

UK Road Safety Week

The week is organised by the Chief Fire Officers Association. It is also being supported by national partners including the Highways Agency, Department for Transport, Association of Chief Police Officers, Brake, Road Safety GB, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, RoadSafe, Tyresafe, Living Streets, the RAC Foundation and the MAG Foundation (motorcycle and scooter safety and research charity).

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