Steve McCabe MP named Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Year

Awards recognising the contributions of parliamentarians to tackling road casualties were presented by the charity Brake at its annual reception at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 19 January 2011, sponsored by Direct Line.

Steve McCabe, MP for Birmingham Selly Oak, received the ‘Community Campaigner’ Award for his determination that all schools in his constituency should be safe for children to get to.

Bells Farm Primary School had been campaigning for a crossing for years, with no success, despite the level of local support and clear evidence that it was needed. Bells Lane, where the school is situated, is a busy arterial route where an elderly resident had already been run over and killed.

Steve stepped in and made representations to the council but his plea was rejected. He then took the unusual step of dressing up as a lollipop man and inviting the media along. He used the media attention to highlight the dangers faced by children, the fear of their parents and the inaction of the local council. His stunt can be seen by clicking here.

Soon after, the council agreed to install the crossing that residents had been demanding for the past 10 years. Steve is now campaigning for 20mph zones around schools, nurseries, elderly people’s homes and places where there are other vulnerable road users in Birmingham.

Mr McCabe said: “I am delighted to receive this award. Protecting children on our roads is vitally important and worth fighting for, which I will continue to do.”


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