Motorcycle deaths prompt safety event to save lives

News. Picture by Richard Marsham - RMG Photograph

News. Picture by Richard Marsham - RMG Photograph

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A total of 46 motorcyclists were killed or seriously injured on city roads in the last two years.

That is a quarter of all severe or fatal accidents during that time - despite the two-wheeled vehicles only accounting for one per cent of the traffic.

These shocking figures from a recent review into city collisions has prompted Milton Keynes Council to run a free motorcycle assessment day next month - in a bid to save lives.

Councillor Matt Clifton, cabinet member with responsibilities for road safety said: “We need to reduce these figures drastically.

“I would urge motorcyclists to book a place on this assessment day, which forms part of a campaign that we will be expanding in 2016.”

The all-day safety event, supported by the Fire Service, Institute of Advanced Motorists and Thames Valley Police, is being held on September 12, at Great Holm Fire Station, starting at 9am.

It has been designed to offer post-test training to all ages of motorcyclist to make them safer on the road, promote safer and defensive riding techniques and hopefully enable them to have smoother more enjoyable rides.

It will start with a morning theory classroom session, followed by an on road assessment with trained motorcyclists revisiting the topics covered earlier in the day.

These will include: observation, acceleration, braking, gears, steering, positioning, cornering and issues where motorcyclists have been involved in collisions on Milton Keynes roads

At the end of the day one of the attendees will win a free Institute of Advanced Motorists Motorcycle “Skills for Life course” worth £150.

The cost of the assessment day is being covered by the Road Safety Team at Milton Keynes Council.

Rod Hardie, of the Institute of Advanced Motorists and a former traffic police officer, added: “We are a group of advanced motorcyclists who enjoy motorcycling and are keen to pass our experience and knowledge gained over the years on to other people.

“There are many hints and tips in order to allow you become a safer and more confident rider who is much more aware of the dangers and pitfalls there are out there. We aim to improve your riding skills to help you enjoy your riding and to remain safe.”

For more information and to book one of the 14 places please contact Keith Wheeler – kwheeler@bucksfire.gov.uk or 01296 744431.