06:00 Saturday 28 June 2014

St John Ambulance launches new first aid app for cyclists

Written byJORDAN DAY

Cyclists in the Ely area can improve their safety and first aid skills by downloading a special app.

St John Ambulance has launched a new free first aid app to ensure cyclists are equipped with the essential skills to help themselves and others in an emergency.

Wayne Badcock, the charity’s operational cycling officer for the East of England, said: “Our unique, free app is a new tool specifically aimed at equipping the increasing numbers of cyclists across the country with first aid skills and should be as essential as a puncture repair kit.

“We know many cyclists have accidents on the road each year, sometimes resulting in injuries where first aid could have made a difference.

“As the nation’s leading first aid charity, we want to ensure that the UK’s cycling community is equipped with first aid knowledge, so that more cyclists can help where circumstances might need them.”

According to the charity, around 75 per cent of fatal or serious cyclist accidents occur in urban areas and around half of cyclist fatalities occur on rural roads.

For more information, visit www.sja.org.uk/cycling.

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