An operation aimed at reducing the risk of motorcycle-related deaths and serious injuries on the roads has been launched.
'Op Darwen' is an all Wales campaign which runs from early Spring through until the autumn and is aimed at motorcycle safety and reducing casualties on the roads.
Over the coming months, officers from Roads Policing Units plan to engage with riders at popular meeting spots as well as on certain routes.
For many, motorcycling is a leisure activity which can see bikes put away throughout the winter months and then brought out and used straight on the roads. Worn or under inflated tyres on motorcycles have been one of the most common themes during collisions, and yet is easily prevented by riders doing basic checks.
Superintendent Rob Kirman, Head of Specialist Operations at North Wales Police and a keen biker himself said: “We know that bikers are more at risk of being killed or seriously injured in a road traffic collision than any other road user, representing 1% of road traffic but accounting for 18% of all fatalities.
“Reducing casualties on our roads remains one of our top priorities. We want people to enjoy coming to Wales and riding on some great roads, but most of all we want them to ride safely and responsibly."
Supt Kirman added: “The message we’d like to get across is please enjoy the freedom of the roads. It is a fantastic area for motorcyclists, and as a passionate biker myself, I want riders to be able to enjoy our beautiful region safely.
“Our officers – as well as partners from other emergency services see far too many tragedies, many preventable, on the roads. Staying safe on the road applies to every single one of us, whether we have two or four wheels on our vehicle. I would urge riders and drivers to think about their behaviour and what changes they could make to improve their own safety and that of other road users.”
Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure Ken Skates AM gave his support to the campaign. He said: “Our roads continue to be amongst the safest in the world but for motorcyclists in particular, the numbers being killed or seriously injured are still too high.
“Campaigns like this, raising awareness and getting to the heart of the issue, are a key part of a wider range of measures aimed at making our roads safer and preventing future motorcycling casualties."
Throughout the campaign BikeSafe representatives will be out and about speaking to riders and promoting the initiative. Workshops can also be booked via the BikeSafe website.