Birmingham Solicitors Help Bournville College Students “Be Safe”
Solicitors from the Birmingham office of national law firm Clarke Willmott handed out free front and rear bike lights and road safety advice to students at Bournville College as part of its ‘Be Safe’ week.
Philip Edwards and Rayner Grice attended the event to urge cycling students to keep safe by lighting up their bikes on dark winter nights. They were joined by Jenny Coombs, Sustainable Promotions Officer at Birmingham City Council.
Pictured are Philip and Rayner, with Jenny Coombs from Birmingham City Council “Smarter Choices” team, and students from the college who benefited from the free bike lights.
Latest Department of Transport Statistics show that 109 cyclists were killed and 19,329 were injured in 2013. Cycling is a popular means of transport for students yet many risk their lives by cycling without the appropriate lighting due to financial limitations.
Philip Edwards, a Partner of Clarke Willmott Birmingham and part of the Serious Injury team said:
“It is vital that cyclists, who are particularly vulnerable on the roads, have the best chance to be seen and stay safe and I am delighted to be able to help the students to do so. I see the consequences of serious injury and fatal crashes regularly, and if this initiative helps prevent even one such incident – it will have been worthwhile”
Leon Lewis, Bournville College’s cycling champion, said: “Not only is it illegal to cycle on a public road after dark without lights and reflectors, but people are putting themselves and others at risk by doing so. Our student safety is at the heart of everything we do and thanks to Clarke Willmott we’re able to help our cycling students stay safe on roads this winter.”
Other safety and wellbeing groups visiting Bournville College during Be Safe week include RoSPA, West Midlands Police and Aquarius and A Team alcohol support services.
Last Week Clarke Willmott also lent its support to Starbank Primary School in Yardley by organising a road safety banner competition. The winning banner – which urged drivers to slow down – was unveiled to coincide with national road safety charity Brake’s Road Safety Week.