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Gearing Up for Motorcycle Safety

Motorbike involved in crash
What we want to avoid

Burton firefighters are hoping to drive down the number of motorcycle collisions on East Staffordshire roads this Spring.

"Hopefully by educating bikers and asking them to follow some simple tips we can reduce the numbers of those killed or injured."

Burton Watch Manager, Ian Pullen

The firefighters have teamed up with local businesses, Arnolds Motorcycles, Melbourne Motorcycles and public house, The New Inn. The businesses have agreed to give out safety material to their customers, many of which are bikers.

Burton Watch Manager, Ian Pullen said: "Now the weather is warming up it’s the time of the year when many motorcyclists will dust off their bikes, and get back out on the roads. Unfortunately with this we often see an increase in the number of collisions involving motorcyclists.

"Hopefully by educating bikers and asking them to follow some simple tips we can reduce the numbers of those killed or injured. It’s great that the local bike dealers and the pub where motorcyclists congregate at the weekend have agreed to support us and the biking community with this initiative."

Kevin Wilcox, Road Safety Officer from Staffordshire County Council commented:  "Motorcyclists are a real concern to us. They continue to represent a disproportionate number of those killed or seriously injured on Staffordshire’s roads every year. We want to equip riders with the skills and knowledge they need to keep them safe and this is one of a number of initiatives across the area which aims to reduce the number of motorcyclist killed or injured on our roads."

Last year a total of 364 motorcyclists were killed or injured on Staffordshire roads, in comparison to 418 in 2008. The Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership (see Notes to Editor) is hoping to reduce this number further this year by educating and raising awareness of motorcycle safety.

For more information about road safety, visit the Staffordshire Safer Roads website: www.staffssaferroads.co.uk.