WMAS supports cycle safety event for university students

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Friday 2nd October 2015 – 3.00pm – Claire Brown.

The ambulance service will be on hand to offer cycle safety tips to students at the University of Birmingham next week as part of a multi-agency event.

The event, which aims to educate cyclists and drivers alike, takes place on Tuesday 6th October between 10am and 2pm in the main campus at the University of Birmingham.

As well as the chance to watch a mock road traffic collision to see how the three emergency services work to rescue and treat casualties, there will be a host of stands and advice on hand.

Our staff will be bringing an ambulance along to join colleagues from West Midlands Fire Service, West Midlands Police, Centro, British Transport Police, BikeRight Cycling Organisation, University Guild Community Wardens and Mentors and the National Institute for Health Research based at Queen Elizabeth Hospital to provide education and advice about safer cycling.

Adam Aston, a paramedic and the Trust’s Membership and Governor Support Officer, said: “As a paramedic, I’ve seen far too many road traffic collisions involving cyclists. We’re pleased to support such an event and hope to see students embrace the day by coming along and learning more about cycle safety.”

Matt Ling, Station Commander at Bournbrook Community Fire Station and organiser of the event, said: “The area surrounding the University, namely Edgbaston and Selly Oak, both have high student populations and also some of the highest rates of Road Traffic Collisions involving cyclists in Birmingham. Events like this are crucial to raise awareness of the dangers surrounding cyclists and should prove beneficial to both cyclists and drivers alike.”


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