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RoadPeace Challenge 2024: Uniting to Honor British Road Traffic Victims

THE RoadPeace Challenge 2024 takes place from 13 to 19 May and will unite emergency services, survivors and communities across the UK in a week of activities designed to raise awareness of the staggering number of people killed in collisions on our roads.

During the week of action, supporters of the event will collectively run, cycle or walk a total of 2,766 miles in honor of the 1,766 people who are believed to have died on Britain’s roads in 2022.

The RoadPeace Challenge is now one of the most important events on the UK road safety calendar and has the distinction of putting the voices of victims at the heart of its mission.

Here are some of the events taking place:

Police units

  • Northamptonshire Police: Roads Police Officer Emilie Bunkall organized a Road Safety Day in Abington Park on Saturday, May 18
  • Leicestershire Police: The Serious Collision Investigation Unit will take part in a range of activities throughout the week, including cycling and running
  • West Yorkshire Police: During the week, Operational Support Division officers will run, walk, cycle and cycle as many kilometers as possible, with the aim of covering a combined 2,766 miles.
  • West Mercia Police: Throughout the week, staff will be involved in running, dog walking, cycling and swimming, while some officers will take part during their patrols
  • Essex Police: Roads patrol officer Ben Houghton will undertake his second Ride to Remember, cycling one mile for every person killed on Essex roads
  • Thames Valley Police: The police are organizing a walk and involving local schools to get children involved in the challenge
  • South Yorkshire Police: During the week, Roads Policing Sergeant Brandon Brown will run 10km every day during the challenge
  • North Yorkshire Police: Throughout the week, officers from across the force will be undertaking physical activities around North Yorkshire in support of the challenge

Fire and rescue services

  • London Fire Brigade: Throughout the week, firefighters will be doing physical activities in support of the challenge
  • Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service: Events will be held at key stations to support the challenge, working with local campaigners to promote key messages
  • Surrey Fire and Rescue Service / National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC): Surrey Chief Fire Officer Dan and NFCC road rescue leader Dan Quin will cycle 31 miles in honor of the 31 people who died on Surrey’s roads in 2022

Local authorities:

  • Road Safety Partnerships in Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire: The three partnerships have organized a walk at Hartshill Hayes Country Park, Warwickshire (CV10 0TE) on Friday 17 May 2024 at 1pm, starting and ending at the county road traffic victims memorial. Victims, schools and various other members of the local community are all invited. Read the press release here. Questions can be asked directly to [email protected]
  • Safer Roads Greater Manchester: Emergency services, road safety professionals, local schoolchildren, bereaved families and the public will come together on Thursday 16 May to run a ‘community mile’ in Heaton Park, Manchester, covering a collective number of miles to remember those who have lost their lives. on UK roads in 2022. Inquiries can be made directly to [email protected]
  • Sussex Safer Roads Partnership: During the week, employees will keep track of their own kilometers and a memorial walk has been organized on Monday, May 13

RoadPeace events:

  • RoadPeace London: On Tuesday 14 May 2024, RoadPeace staff, local members, police and other support staff will walk from the RoadPeace office in Brixton to Crystal Palace, the site of the first pedestrian killed by a motor vehicle in 1896, Bridget Driscoll (flyer attached). )
  • RoadPeace South West and the Clevedon Canoe Club: Kate Uzzell, coordinator of local group RoadPeace South West, has helped organize kayak taster sessions taking place on Saturday the 18th at Clevedon Canoe Club. read more here
  • RoadPeace Challenge Final Event: On Sunday 19 May at 1pm, RoadPeace Challenge 2024 supporters from across the UK will run the final kilometer of the 1,766 mile challenge to bring the week of action to an end. The event will take place at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire (DE13 7AR). More information can be found here

Nick Simmons, CEO of RoadPeace, the national charity for road accident victims, said:

“We are overwhelmed by the many organizations and individuals who have committed to participating in this year’s RoadPeace Challenge.

“By uniting emergency services and relatives, we honor the memory of those who have died needlessly in accidents and strive towards our shared vision of zero road deaths.

“The RoadPeace Challenge not only amplifies the voices of victims, but also brings road risk reduction to the forefront of a national conversation, reminding us that every life lost on the road is one too many.”

Follow the RoadPeace Challenge 2024 activities on social media by following the hashtag – #RoadPeaceChallenge2024

Donations can be made here to support the many people taking part in the RoadPeace Challenge 2024: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/roadpeacechallenge.