6th Dec, 2020

Drivers reminded to be 'Bike Smart' in latest road safety campaign

Ross Crawford 20th Nov, 2018

THE Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia is supporting ‘Be Bike Smart’ as part of National Road Safety Week.

Organised by Brake, the national road safety charity, this year’s event is all about raising awareness of road safety issues for those on two wheels.

The campaign is targeting both motorcyclists and cyclists and other road users with the aim of increasing awareness and the importance of sharing the road responsibly.

In the UK last year there were 101 cyclists and 349 motorcyclists killed following collisions with 3,698 cyclists and 5,592 motorcyclists seriously injured.

Last year in West Mercia four cyclists and 13 motorcyclists were killed and 60 cyclists and 128 motorcyclists were seriously injured.

Various road safety initiatives are being run throughout the week, one being ‘Be Safe Be Seen’ cycle safety stations with local policing teams.

Cyclists that are not as visible as they could be in the dark mornings and nights or cyclists with no lights will be stopped and given road safety advice, free high vis gear and lights.

All road users are also being made aware of Operation Snap, the new dashcam reporting tool where evidence of dangerous driving/riding can be submitted to West Mercia Police for appropriate action.

Hereford and Worcester Fire & Rescue Service and Worcestershire County Council are both supporting the campaign with the fire service running a Biker Down course in Worcester on Friday, November 23.

This is a free three hour course designed to give motorcyclists essential information on how to deal with the scene of a collision.

Places are on a first come first served basis.

To book email roadsafety1@westmercia.pnn.police.uk

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