Warning on bikes

DRIVERS are being urged to watch out for increased numbers of bikers on the roads this Easter as the weather hots up.

Bikers are also being asked to take extra care and ride safely by the police team tasked with dealing with the most serious accidents.

Sergeant Carole Clayton from the Major Collision Enquiry Team said: “It’s inevitable that there will be an increase in traffic within the county over the bank holiday, and we are encouraging drivers to be more aware of motorcyclists and for riders to ensure they familiarise themselves with their bikes before setting off to ride.

“We don’t want to stop riders enjoying their vehicles, but we would ask that they ride safely, responsibly and with regard for others.

“Roads policing officers will be extra vigilant during this period and beyond in an attempt to reduce the number of serious road traffic collisions through enforcement and education,” she said.

“We will be holding BikeSafe days throughout the summer, which are day-long workshops beginning with an interactive DVD which covers a range of road-skills including hazard awareness, filtering, cornering and overtaking.

“BikeSafe is not about lecturing to people, it is about raising awareness and giving motorcyclists some advice on how they might improve their riding and their understanding of other motorists on the roads.

“Anyone who is interested in BikeSafe should make contact via email at wyp@bikesafe.co.uk or visit www.bikesafe.co.uk.”