Huge leap in North Yorkshire biker deaths sparks major new campaign

SAFETY WARNING: Sergeant Sean Grey, of North Yorkshire Police Motorcycle Unit, with the Bikers’ Guide to North Yorkshire at the launch of the safety campaign with Darlington motorcyclist Dave Coates

SAFETY WARNING: Sergeant Sean Grey, of North Yorkshire Police Motorcycle Unit, with the Bikers’ Guide to North Yorkshire at the launch of the safety campaign with Darlington motorcyclist Dave Coates

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AN increase in motorcycling on the scenic roads of North Yorkshire has been accompanied by a huge leap in the number of bikers killed in the county.

Last year saw a 30 per cent increase in motorcycling on the county’s roads - but there was also a 200 per cent increase in the number of bikers killed in crashes.

And with the arrival of spring and a new biking season a major campaign has been launched in an effort to prevent the toll of tragedy rising even further.

Darlington and Stockton Times:

Deputy Chief Constable on North Yorkshire Police Tim Madgwick said: “Sadly, 2013 will be remembered for all the wrong reasons by many families. We are determined to try and make motorcycling safer, I will work with all our partners to achieve this objective.”

In 2012 there were five biker deaths but last year the figure rose to 15. The figures show that those bikers most likely to be involved in a collision are men aged between 40 and 59, who ride sports bikes over 500cc.

The county’s 95 Alive Road Safety Partnership is now planning series of events and initiatives across the county.

“Think Bike” posters and information boards will raise awareness of potentially demanding sections of road where bikers have crashed in recent years – and remind drivers to check their mirrors.

 

A new biker’s guide to the county has been produced that highlights where and how crashes have happened, gives advice and information about improving rider’s skills and some useful facts about choosing helmets and other gear.

And throughout the spring and summer months the 95 Alive team will attend various venues and events popular with motorcyclists.

Figures show that 70 per cent of collisions involving motorcyclists on the county’s roads were caused by the biker making a mistake, rather than car drivers or other factors. Many were the result of poor overtaking, taking the wrong line through bends or late and harsh braking.

“There are many positive reasons why people choose to ride motorcycles and as a police service we will seek to educate and inform riders and encourage responsible use,” said Mr Madgwick.

“The consequences of riders or other motorists making errors of judgement are clearly taking a devastating toll, so we will take every opportunity to work with all road users to improve safety.”

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7:56am Fri 14 Mar 14

Jonn says...

These bikers believe they are highly trained and that speed limits are not for them as they can anticipate road conditions far better than other road users.
Go to a race track if you want thrills and to do 100mph plus, don't do it on public roads.
These bikers believe they are highly trained and that speed limits are not for them as they can anticipate road conditions far better than other road users. Go to a race track if you want thrills and to do 100mph plus, don't do it on public roads. Jonn
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9:39pm Fri 14 Mar 14

grandmab says...

The speed limits are too high for the state of the roads. It is well known that drivers/riders will exceed posted limits by at least 10mph as a matter of coarse. Lower the speed limit and they will still speed but at a lower rate. I gave up driving because I do not feel comfortable driving at 60mph on a road that in other countries would be 45. I was not worried about my behavior but the crazy people who think the highway is a race track coming across my path. If they self destruct on my car I am still left with the shock and distress.
The speed limits are too high for the state of the roads. It is well known that drivers/riders will exceed posted limits by at least 10mph as a matter of coarse. Lower the speed limit and they will still speed but at a lower rate. I gave up driving because I do not feel comfortable driving at 60mph on a road that in other countries would be 45. I was not worried about my behavior but the crazy people who think the highway is a race track coming across my path. If they self destruct on my car I am still left with the shock and distress. grandmab
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10:36am Mon 17 Mar 14

ianh says...

Not sure who John means by "these bikers" ?
Does he mean the likes of myself? I certainly fit the NYP stereotype, being 40 plus on a large capacity machine. I have also been riding and driving for 30 years and to date my most serious injury came as a result of playing that most dangerous of sports....five-a-sid
e football......

or does he mean the likes of my dad, who is still riding, with my mother on pillion , after 50 + years and will be touring europe once again this year.

My point is that the term "biker" covers a huge variety of people and machines, from 16 yr olds on scooters to veterans on vincents and everything in between.
Mr Mead would not wish to be associated with a chav in his corsa tearing around a town center, but they are both motorists are they not?
Not sure who John means by "these bikers" ? Does he mean the likes of myself? I certainly fit the NYP stereotype, being 40 plus on a large capacity machine. I have also been riding and driving for 30 years and to date my most serious injury came as a result of playing that most dangerous of sports....five-a-sid e football...... or does he mean the likes of my dad, who is still riding, with my mother on pillion , after 50 + years and will be touring europe once again this year. My point is that the term "biker" covers a huge variety of people and machines, from 16 yr olds on scooters to veterans on vincents and everything in between. Mr Mead would not wish to be associated with a chav in his corsa tearing around a town center, but they are both motorists are they not? ianh
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