Sussex Safer Roads Partnership are looking to spread the above message through a series of behaviour-changing educational programmes and events directed at motorcyclists and other road users this summer.
With the biking season revving up for this year as we speak, many riders will be returning to the garage and remembering their road-craft skills in the coming weeks. Whilst there are plenty of motorcyclists who use their bikes throughout the year, the partnership would like to remind them and the seasonal users that you are never too good to be a better rider.
In conjunction with Sussex Police, BikeSafe is a workshop delivered to full licence holders who want to brush up on their expertise, and involves an observed road ride. Biker Down is a classroom-based product from the fire service, which gives you everything you need to know if you are involved in a motorbike crash. SSRP are currently reviewing their New Rider Awareness scheme, which aims to bridge the gap between passing your CBT (and getting your full licence), and venturing out solo after lessons.
In addition to these educational schemes, SSRP will also be in attendance at various events throughout the season, including the Hastings May Day Run, the Bexhill Biker Nights, the Ace Café Run, and Goodwood’s Festival of Speed.
Partnership Sergeant Phil Badman said “Collisions involving motorcyclists occur in Sussex throughout the year, but there is usually a spate at the start of each season, and this year is no exception. Recently, bikers have been left with life-threatening injuries after crashes, and we want to ensure we have done everything we can to promote the benefits of road safety and constantly improving your skills as a biker.
“That said, this awareness is not just limited to those on motorcycles. Car and van drivers have a responsibility to look out for vulnerable road users, and when motorcyclists make up approximately 20% of casualties despite the fact they are just 1% of traffic, it is imperative they are considered when on the road.”
Members of the public can report anti-social riding and driving via Operation Crackdown, either online or calling 01243 642222. They can also find out more about SSRP’s educational schemes by contacting us through the website – www.sussexsaferroads.gov.uk. Please contact us here
Happy riding, and stay safe this season