As students and researchers we all dedicate some time in our everyday lives to about how we’re going to get to and from the university. Maybe we’re concerned about the time of the day (Will be there be traffic on the way? Will I need to put on the lights? What time is the bus coming at?), the weather conditions, and so on. We were thinking the same things at greenSTEMS and two weeks ago we were invited by Brake to the launch of the 2015 edition of ROAD SAFETY WEEK!
Together with the York Cycling Club we met up with representatives from Brake, a road safety charity, to support their “Drive Less Live More” initiative. We love the sustainability angle on alternative means of transport, and were blown away by the stats presented in Brake‘s press release. It was stated that driving can have devastating health effects, with an estimation of more than 52,000 deaths related to air pollution and an average of 5 deaths and 64 accidents daily on the road in the Yorkshire and the Humber region! This campaign is asking people to consider other methods of transport like biking and taking the bus, while emphasising safety.
On Monday 23rd November greenSTEMS co-chairs Maria M. Razalan and Jen Chapman, along with sustainable transport enthusiast and greenSTEMS member, Richard Randle-Boggis, met up with the representatives from Brake, UYCC bikers, and York bus companies (seen in picture above) to support this important awareness campaign.
The unique opportunity brought together bus drivers and cyclists. To really understand each other they even swapped places! We put the cyclist in the bus drivers seat and vice versa. Do you know where the bus diver can see you on your bike? Learn more about road safety week here. We are so thrilled to share our experience and help us built a more sustainable and safer York!