With the beginning of Spring and the move to British Summer Time on Easter Sunday, the increasingly lighter days mark the start of the new motorcycling season.
Wales holds a major attraction for riders due to the uniquely challenging roads and breathtaking scenery. Whilst the vast majority of motorcyclists show an excellent standard of riding, a small minority choose to use the roads as a racetrack, putting themselves and other road users in danger and risking life changing injuries or even death. Police forces across Wales will target these individuals in the coming months, giving the clear message that poor and anti-social riding behaviour will not be tolerated.
Welsh roads are amongst the safest in the world, however, partners in Road Safety Wales continue to strive for improvements, and reducing the number of motorcyclist casualties remains a priority. Susan Storch, Chair of Road Safety Wales said “Motorcycling is a skill for life and we are urging riders to enhance their skills and attend one of the suite of courses currently available across the UK. In Wales many recognised schemes are supported with Welsh Government funding. Even the most experienced rider can benefit from an assessment of their riding, which will hopefully improve their knowledge and hazard awareness even further and make them a better, safer rider”.
This could also be the first time in a few months that many motorcycles have been out of the garage. Before every ride, preparation is key to your safety. Take a close look at your kit and your bike to ensure everything is in full working order, paying particular attention to the condition of your tyres, brakes and lighting – it could save your life. Just as important is ensuring that you are well prepared; never ride angry, tired or impaired by drink or drugs.
Drivers have a responsibility to look out for motorcyclists, especially when pulling out of junctions, changing lanes or opening their doors – a motorcyclist may be in the space you intend to move into and may not be as visible as larger vehicles. Always check your blind spot and look twice for bikes.
Wales has a reputation for being a fabulous place to ride, with thousands of people taking to the roads each year. Safe and responsible drivers and riders are very welcome - but more than anything we want everyone to get home safely.
For more information on courses available in your area please contact your local Road Safety Officer – their details can be found at www.roadsafetywales.org.uk/contacts
For further information on road safety initiatives throughout Wales please visit www.roadsafetywales.org.uk or contact Michelle Harrington RSW Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org 02920 250 600