On ya bike to safer roads

Date published: 23 May 2019 09:38
Dated: 21 May 2019 14:09:29

Officers from our Operational Support Unit (OSU) are joining forces with partners to educate and train driver and enforce laws across South Yorkshire, in a bid to reduce fatalities on our roads.

The ‘2 wheel campaign’ is a two-week initiative led by the National Policing Chiefs’ Council that aims to reduce casualties and deaths for motorcyclists and cyclists. This campaign launches following the success of the ‘motorcycle week of action’ that was held in May 2018. The week saw 1,345 vehicles stopped and 649 offences detected.

Motorcyclists and cyclists are some of the most vulnerable road users that accounted for over 19% of all road deaths in 2017. 349 motorcyclists and 101 cyclists lost their lives during 2017.

The campaign will see officers attending local bike nights to engage with drivers and encourage them to attend Bikesafe training- sessions held by local forces to educate around road safety and bike security.

Trainee riders will be encouraged to progress to a full motorcycle licence or complete further training that is available through the Safer Roads Partnership.

The Safer Roads Partnership will be assisting SYP in educating motorists and cyclists about the dangers of not having the correct skills, knowledge and personal protective equipment to ride safely.

They will also be supporting officers in carrying out Safe Pass operations to ensure drivers do not pass cycles too close. Advice to cyclists about inappropriate cycling will also be given.

If riders are seen to be breaking the law and road traffic regulations then criminal action will be taken against them.

If you see our officers out and about please do stop and take the time to speak with them, it may save a life, including yours!

Top tips for road safety

  • Position yourself in the safest and best place to maximise your visibility of potential hazards.
  • Take a ‘lifesaver’ glance over your shoulder before carrying out manoeuvres.
  • Make sure you are wearing the correct gear- protective gloves, jacket, boots and trousers.
  • Wear florescent clothing during the day and reflective at night.
  • Ensure your helmet is of a high standard and fits correctly.
  • Consider further training to improve your performance and safety.
Our OSU officers on their motorcycles patrolling South Yorkshire's roads

Our OSU officers on their motorcycles patrolling South Yorkshire's roads

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