European Road Safety Charter
Good Practice

Good practice submission

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Good practice submission

Please describe the main road safety challenges/problems you have addressed or are addressing. 
Being fully aware of the fact that many road accident victims not only in Cyprus, but all over Europe and the rest of the world are young motorists/cyclists not wearing helmets.Cyta offers free of charge certified safety helmets (bearing the CE mark and certified with EN 1078 - helmets for petal cyclists and for users of skate boards and roller skates). The helmets are given as a present from Cyta to all children visiting the Police Road Safety Park in Nicosia, in order to encourage them to use them in their daily activities .i.e. cycling, roller skating etc.
What are your objectives? 
Increase the number of young people using helmets and receiving road safety training

Project activities

List the actions you carried/are carrying out 
Monday, 1 January, 2007
Name of action 

Regarding the initiative of offering helmets:Cyta -  was the generator of the idea and responsible for the provision of specially designed safety helmets for the support of the Cyprus Police Road Safety Park.Cyprus Police – Resposible for the training of children in the Road Safety Park where the helmets are given as a present to all children receiving the special training. Ministry of Education & Culture – Encourages schools to visit the Park during school periods and receive the training on Road Safety as part of their school lessons.


What has been the effect of the activities? 
Since 2007 Cyta has offered more than 100.000 helmets. The park is visited yearly by approximately 13.500 pupils of kindergartens and primary schools from all over the country, in order to receive both theoretical and practical education from the Cyprus Traffic Police Officers in a specially designed area that simulates real life road environment conditions (road, pavements, traffic lights, pedestrian crossings, model cars, bicycles, etc.) 1. According to the reports of the Cyprus Police for the period of 2012 – 2016 (see attached table statistics), motorists-victims of road accidents in Cyprus (totalling 69) decreased from 16 to 12 respectively. Out of these 26 were motorists Holders of Learner’s Permit -HLP (17 years old). The importance of these statistics is the fact that victims holders of HLP were decreased by 54% in 2013 (in comparison to 2012 - from 13 to 6), while the decrease in 2014 compared to 2012 reached the impessive percentage of 85% (from 13 to 2). A similar impressive decrease applies for seriously injured HLP (from 81 in 2012 to 30 in 2016). 2. The interest of organised groups of children to visit the Police Park and receive training on Road Safety is very high and the free helmet is a very strong incentive.3. Since 2007, the Ministry of Education & Culture has endorsed lessons on Road Safety as part of the primary & secondary education . In 2015 the lessons have been extended to cover the Upper Secondary Education as well.
How many people did you reach/have you reached? 
When did/will you carry out the evaluation? 
Before, after and continuous monitoring
Please list the indicators you use to measure success 
Number of accidents
The interest of organised groups of children to visit the Police Park and receive training on Road Safety

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