This week (15 to 22 May 2022) is National Road Safety Week. This year the organisers are asking you to take a pledge – it’s a simple one – drive as if your loved ones are on the road ahead.
Take the Pledge
The full pledge is as follows:
“I pledge to drive as if my loved ones are on the road ahead.
I will remove all distractions and never use my mobile phone while driving.
I will not put other people at risk by speeding, driving while tired or under the influence of alcohol/drugs.
I will protect all vulnerable road users, especially those whose job places them in harm’s way, by slowing down and giving them the space they need to be safe.”
You can take the pledge here.
Lane Cove Council Events
Lane Cove Council’s safety team has put together a big line-up of events to commemorate National Road Safety Week.
Seniors Driving Workshop
Wednesday 18 May, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Lane Cove Library
This free workshop will detail specific risk factors for Senior Drivers, low risk driving strategies, what you need to know about new car technology, road rules and understanding of the NSW Older Driver Assessment.
To book, call Council’s Road Safety Officer on 9911 3576 or email [email protected].
Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers
Thursday 19 May, 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm, online via Zoom
The free workshop supports parents and supervisors of learner drivers to be confident and effective teachers. Topics include information and licence conditions for learner and P-plate drivers, tips for using the learner driver log book and the importance of providing constructive feedback.
There has been very positive feedback to the Lane Cove Council’s workshops. Parents and supervisors who have attended the workshop have stated that the workshop boosted their confidence, helped them better plan driving sessions and allowed them to share experiences with other parents and supervisors.
In 2017, there were changes to the graduated licensing scheme (GLS) for learner P1 and P2 drivers. Learner drivers must complete a Hazard Perception Test before undertaking the practical driving test.
Since the introduction of the GLS there has been a 50 per cent reduction in the number of young drivers killed on its roads in NSW – However, younger drivers continue to be overrepresented in road deaths and trauma.
P-platers make up 8.0 per cent of all driver licence holders, yet their crashes account for 15 per cent of all fatalities on NSW roads.
Child Car Seat Safety Check
Saturday 21 May, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Lane Cove Council car park
Make sure your child is safe with a free inspection by Authorised Restraint Fitters. You can have your child’s car seats, harnesses and booster seats checked for safety and fit.
Join the waitlist by contacting Council’s Road Safety Officer on (02) 9911 3576 or email [email protected].
In June the Lane Cove Council will be holding the following events:
Bike Maintenance Workshop and Bike Drop Off Day
Saturday 4 June, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Living and Learning Centre, 180 Longueville Road, Lane Cove
Join this free event and learn basic maintenance and repair tips so you can prolong the life of your bike. Bring your bike along and have it assessed and tuned up.
Got an old bike that could be reused or recycled? Register to drop it off between 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and Revolve Recycle will give it a new life or recycle it for parts and materials.
Street Art Cycle Tour
Sunday 5 June 2022, 9:30 am -12:30 pm, meet at Cameraygal Park, 69, Longueville Road, Lane Cove
Complete a guided bike tour of Lane Cove’s Street Art while discovering the safest and smoothest ways to get around your neighbourhood. Update your knowledge of road rules, bike safety equipment and how to plan your route. All participants must be 16+ years and be able to ride a bike confidently.
You will need to bring:
- A road worthy bike
- A correctly fitting Australian/NZ Standards helmet
Bookings are essential: Contact Council’s Road Safety Officer on 9911 3576 or [email protected].
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