AS the weather gets warmer and the evenings longer, drivers across Cambridgeshire are being reminded to be motorbike cautious and to be mindful of motorcyclists’ vulnerability on the roads.
Chief Inspector Richard Hann, of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit said: “Motorcyclists are 35 times more likely than car occupants to be killed per mile they ride. I would urge motorcyclists to be extra vigilant when heading out this year and to ensure that they ride defensively and remain alert when manoeuvring.
“I would also highlight to drivers the importance of watching out for bikers and to always look carefully when pulling out of junctions, manoeuvring and changing lanes.”
In 2013, 16 motorcyclists were killed on the roads across the three counties, which accounts for 20 per cent of all the road deaths.
Bikers are being encouraged to make the most out of further training and assessments available to assist them in their defensive riding skills and to help improve their performance.
Cambridgeshire motorcyclists can benefit from signing up to the BikeSafe scheme which is a national police led motorcycle project run by most police forces across the country. For further information go to http://www.bikesafe.co.uk/ to register interest.
For further information and safety advice go to the Motorcyclists: Think website http://think.direct.gov.uk/motorcycles.html