Riding your way to a safe winter

Date published: 03 September 2019 12:16
Dated: 03 September 2019 13:09:37

As we see the last of the summer and warmer months, officers are urging motorcyclists and cyclists to ensure their bikes are safe and winter ready.

The National Police Chiefs Council have launched their second 2019 ‘2 Wheel’s campaign’ to raise awareness among motorcyclists, cyclists and other road users about driver and rider behaviour to improve road safety, knowledge of protective equipment and road regulations.

Motorcyclists and cyclists are some of the most vulnerable road users; motorcyclists accounted for over 19 per cent of all road deaths and cyclists accounted for 6 per cent of all road deaths in Great Britain in 2017, totalling 349 motorcyclists and 101 cyclists losing their lives.

Road’s Traffic Policing Sergeant Matt Duffy is keen to remind drivers to ensure they have checked their bikes and equipment, he said: “Motorcyclists and cyclists are both vulnerable road users whose vulnerability increases as we enter the dark nights and cold weather conditions.

“It is important to take the time to check your bike’s lights, tyre treads and pressures as well as ensuring you have the correct clothing, ready to ride your bike in winter.

“Protective gear, including gloves, jacket, boots and trousers are essential and could save you from serious injury should you have an accident but it is also important to remember that your clothes should not restrict your movement.

“As we start to enter the dark nights reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users, even more important on roads with very little or no street lighting.

“With the colder weather, road conditions change and your driving also needs to be adapted.

“Remember to signal earlier, increase the braking distance to account for wet roads, don't assume that the drivers around you have seen you in the darker light, be wary of strong winds and avoid riding into slippery areas, such as fallen leaves and ice.

“Our partners at South Yorkshire Safer Roads have some great advice and courses available to enhance your driving ability and confidence; I would urge anyone new to riding or lacking confidence in their ability to check out their website.”

Bike safe training is available throughout the UK and courses can be viewed and booked through the Biker safe website.

Top tips for cyclists can be found here and top tips for motorcyclists can be read here.

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