Safety calls for Somerset bikers

Safety calls for Somerset bikers

Safety calls for Somerset bikers

First published in News

BIKERS are being urged to wear good safety gear, ride within their limits and be aware of dangers on the road over the summer.

The warning comes as motorcycle accidents remain high, despite a drop in other types of vehicle crashes, according to Somerset County Council cabinet member for highways Cllr Harvey Siggs.

He said: “If you’re aware of the dangers and have the right safety gear you can reduce the chances of having an accident and save your life.”

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11:14am Sun 3 Aug 14

QuillPen says...

I hope the advice includes wearing a high visibility top so they can be seen even better from all angles.
I hope the advice includes wearing a high visibility top so they can be seen even better from all angles. QuillPen
  • Score: -5

1:53pm Mon 4 Aug 14

David Pincombe says...

One sure way of reducing motor cycle accidents would be to persuade riders to obey the rules and laws of the road, such as obeying speed limits, not overtaking dangerously, and allowing for wet and slippery road surfaces.
One sure way of reducing motor cycle accidents would be to persuade riders to obey the rules and laws of the road, such as obeying speed limits, not overtaking dangerously, and allowing for wet and slippery road surfaces. David Pincombe
  • Score: 2

10:36pm Mon 4 Aug 14

orchardman says...

Could also include pedal cyclists who also seem to have an invulnerability complex regarding being seen, especially at night, or murky weather, when, despite often paying many shekels for their machines, seem to think a decent front and rear light is an expense too far. And also the 'Wiggo' types with their fancy clothing, some of whom seem to think they're riding on closed roads. Regarding Quillpens point, should we motorists paint a high vis stripe on the side of our cars so they can be seen easily from the side as well (a la police!) .
Could also include pedal cyclists who also seem to have an invulnerability complex regarding being seen, especially at night, or murky weather, when, despite often paying many shekels for their machines, seem to think a decent front and rear light is an expense too far. And also the 'Wiggo' types with their fancy clothing, some of whom seem to think they're riding on closed roads. Regarding Quillpens point, should we motorists paint a high vis stripe on the side of our cars so they can be seen easily from the side as well (a la police!) . orchardman
  • Score: 1

12:03pm Tue 5 Aug 14

QuillPen says...

Agree, cyclists need to make themselves as visible as possible from all angles.

And yes, it would be a good idea for cars to be more visible from the side. They can be difficult to see when they are coming out of a side road in the dark.

If all road users are visible from all angles, then that can only be a good thing. Anything to increase safety would seem a good idea.

I just can't understand why people seem to object to these suggestions. (as my first post: currently -2)
Agree, cyclists need to make themselves as visible as possible from all angles. And yes, it would be a good idea for cars to be more visible from the side. They can be difficult to see when they are coming out of a side road in the dark. If all road users are visible from all angles, then that can only be a good thing. Anything to increase safety would seem a good idea. I just can't understand why people seem to object to these suggestions. (as my first post: currently -2) QuillPen
  • Score: -3

11:33pm Wed 6 Aug 14

QuillPen says...

So, again, why do people negate suggestions for greater safety? No explanations render votes worthless.
So, again, why do people negate suggestions for greater safety? No explanations render votes worthless. QuillPen
  • Score: -3

11:46pm Wed 6 Aug 14

MrWendall says...

If votes are worthless - why are you so hung up on them? Your posts are becoming so predictable.
Step 1. Make semi-obvious comment that doesn't really foster discussion
Step 2. Write a post complaining why you are at -2
If votes are worthless - why are you so hung up on them? Your posts are becoming so predictable. Step 1. Make semi-obvious comment that doesn't really foster discussion Step 2. Write a post complaining why you are at -2 MrWendall
  • Score: 4

7:29am Thu 7 Aug 14

QuillPen says...

Not complaining, but wondering why people reject suggested safety measures as appears from the votes. Is that not asking for discussion?
(Made a note of current count for future reference as it changes.)

It amuses me that people vote but don't explain why they disagree. Probably because they've got nothing better to do than be childish just for the sake of it, not because they've got an opinion.
Therefore I challenge them. The way people behave is an everlasting source of fascination for me.

So I'll try again, why do people object to my suggested safety measures?
Not complaining, but wondering why people reject suggested safety measures as appears from the votes. Is that not asking for discussion? (Made a note of current count for future reference as it changes.) It amuses me that people vote but don't explain why they disagree. Probably because they've got nothing better to do than be childish just for the sake of it, not because they've got an opinion. Therefore I challenge them. The way people behave is an everlasting source of fascination for me. So I'll try again, why do people object to my suggested safety measures? QuillPen
  • Score: -3

10:57am Thu 7 Aug 14

MrWendall says...

>> Is that not asking for discussion?
Not really, it's pointing out a pretty obvious piece of advice. What discussion can follow from that?

>>nothing better to do than be childish just for the sake of it
That's a big assumption about someones motive? Maybe those who have nothing to add, refrain from posting a reply.

>>why do people object to my suggested safety measures
Who objected? A thumbs down does not say "I object" it says "Dislike this post" (Mouseover the icon)

Votes matter little to nothing on a site like this - you should only take issue with actual responses to anything you post...
>> Is that not asking for discussion? Not really, it's pointing out a pretty obvious piece of advice. What discussion can follow from that? >>nothing better to do than be childish just for the sake of it That's a big assumption about someones motive? Maybe those who have nothing to add, refrain from posting a reply. >>why do people object to my suggested safety measures Who objected? A thumbs down does not say "I object" it says "Dislike this post" (Mouseover the icon) Votes matter little to nothing on a site like this - you should only take issue with actual responses to anything you post... MrWendall
  • Score: 4

3:01pm Thu 7 Aug 14

QuillPen says...

Oh well, I've clearly got it wrong.
I thought it was reasonable to assume that a thumbs up implied that people liked and agreed with a post and a thumbs down meant they didn't like it and therefore disagreed.

In the former case, there's no need to comment but in the latter case it would be interesting to know why and have a discussion about it.
Oh well, I've clearly got it wrong. I thought it was reasonable to assume that a thumbs up implied that people liked and agreed with a post and a thumbs down meant they didn't like it and therefore disagreed. In the former case, there's no need to comment but in the latter case it would be interesting to know why and have a discussion about it. QuillPen
  • Score: 0

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