Somerset bikers urged to be safety aware

Somerset bikers urged to be safety aware

Somerset bikers urged to be safety aware

First published in Somerset

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: “One of the main things to be aware of at this time of year is rain after a long spell of hot weather which makes the roads very slippery.

“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.”

For the last 18 months, Somerset Road Safety have worked with local road policing units to identify areas where there are fatalities and stop motorcyclists to give them advice and invite them to training - on a recent Sunday, 30 motorcyclists stopped by police were offered that option.

Dave Robinson, from the Somerset Road Safety team, said: “Most of them were stopped because they weren’t wearing the right safety equipment or were riding unsafely.”

Over 200 bikes have attended an education evening in the last 18 months, while advice has also been given at bike events across the county and in sixth form colleges.

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4:30pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Dr Dave says...

Watch out for the mobile $camera bike, he's hungry to catch drivers/riders out............
Watch out for the mobile $camera bike, he's hungry to catch drivers/riders out............ Dr Dave
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8:35pm Sat 26 Jul 14

MARTINI 129 says...

Perhaps if they rode within the speed limit they could control their bikes. A biker came along Monmouth street this morning he must gave been doing 60 -70 lights changed to red he went straight through them. Why are we allways being told " think bike " ?
Perhaps if they rode within the speed limit they could control their bikes. A biker came along Monmouth street this morning he must gave been doing 60 -70 lights changed to red he went straight through them. Why are we allways being told " think bike " ? MARTINI 129
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5:49pm Mon 28 Jul 14

twinkles says...

Martini 129
The incident you've described is interesting. Obviously you called the police, and told them the registration number and description, right?

Strangely though, that 'biker' did manage to control the bike at these insane speeds, so the incident's relativity to this article is somewhat tenuous.

Might I suggest there are idiots in all walks of life. Some drive, some have access to guns and knives and some might just be riding a motorbike while you're watching.

I'd recommend taking the advice very seriously; "Think Bike" is a campaign designed to make the average motorist who has 'been there, done that' THINK about what they're about to do, be it pull out of a line of traffic without checking their mirror, overtake on a blind bend and so on. It's message translates well to all users of the road too, be it a mum pushing a pram across a pelican crossing or indeed another motorcyclist looking to reposition to overtake a car.

Not all 'bikers' are idiots. And not all readers or responders to this article are either. :)
Martini 129 The incident you've described is interesting. Obviously you called the police, and told them the registration number and description, right? Strangely though, that 'biker' did manage to control the bike at these insane speeds, so the incident's relativity to this article is somewhat tenuous. Might I suggest there are idiots in all walks of life. Some drive, some have access to guns and knives and some might just be riding a motorbike while you're watching. I'd recommend taking the advice very seriously; "Think Bike" is a campaign designed to make the average motorist who has 'been there, done that' THINK about what they're about to do, be it pull out of a line of traffic without checking their mirror, overtake on a blind bend and so on. It's message translates well to all users of the road too, be it a mum pushing a pram across a pelican crossing or indeed another motorcyclist looking to reposition to overtake a car. Not all 'bikers' are idiots. And not all readers or responders to this article are either. :) twinkles
  • Score: 3

3:49pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Somerset_BTGOG says...

Maybe Bikes should think Car driver too!

Oh and stick to the speed limits, they are not optional for Bikes.
Maybe Bikes should think Car driver too! Oh and stick to the speed limits, they are not optional for Bikes. Somerset_BTGOG
  • Score: 2

8:02pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Monument says...

It is likely that the percentage of idiot bikers is the same as idiot drivers.

The problem is that idiot drivers have considerably more protection than idiot bikers.

That said many serious injury and fatal biker accidents are no fault of the rider. Unfortunately that is a risk all bikers take when they take to the road.
It is likely that the percentage of idiot bikers is the same as idiot drivers. The problem is that idiot drivers have considerably more protection than idiot bikers. That said many serious injury and fatal biker accidents are no fault of the rider. Unfortunately that is a risk all bikers take when they take to the road. Monument
  • Score: 2

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