23rd Sep, 2020

Time to Think Bike again as police aim to cut accidents

WEST Mercia Police have launched their 2019 ‘Think Bike’ campaign – aimed at motorcyclists and other road users to try and reduce casualties and deaths on the region’s roads and beyond.

From 2016-18 a total of 26 people have been killed and 333 seriously injured following collisions involving motorcycles.

The campaign hopes to increase general awareness and roadside posters are being erected along some key routes highlighting areas where drivers and riders need to be more aware of each other.

Part of the campaign will be targeting those bikers who haven’t ridden over winter, encouraging them to make a few simple safety checks – battery/electrics, tyres, chain, fluids, controls, brakes and chassis – before getting back on their bikes.

Supt Mel Crowther, West Mercia Police, said: “West Mercia is popular with bikers particularly at weekends as the weather improves.

“The number of motorcyclists involved in collisions through risk taking by both riders and other motorists is worrying.

“We will be focusing on various operations throughout the spring and summer months, targeting dangerous or anti-social riders and drivers across the region.”

The Safer Roads Partnership also offers a subsidised ‘Take Control’ motorcycle skills enhancement course for bikers who want to brush up on their skills, gain more confidence on their bike or become a better rider in preparation for their full test.

One day courses are being offered for only £50 (normal training price of £150).

For more information visit @rmtmotorcycletraining or RMT Motorcycle Training on Facebook and request a Take Control course.

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