Carmarthenshire County Council's road safety officers have been out talking to motorcyclists as part of an initiative to reduce the number of casualties involved in motorcycle collisions.
The total number of motorcyclist casualties on Welsh roads declined in 2016, when compared to 2015 figures (12% decrease). There were 61 motorcycle casualties in Carmarthenshire in 2016 accounting for 9.2% of the all Wales figure*.
The road safety officers were joined by partner agencies at the Owl’s Nest Tea Rooms in Llandovery to give information and advice.
Those in attendance included the Institute of Advanced Motorists, RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders, Motorcycle Action Group Cymru, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Dyfed Powys Police, GoSafe, Cruse Bereavement Care, Blood Bikes Wales and neighbouring local authorities.
Bikers were encouraged to sign up to free motorcycle courses such as Dragon Rider Cymru and Biker Down! Cymru, and the team gave out dozens of CRASH Cards.
Cllr Hazel Evans, executive board member for environment, said: “The day was a great success with many motorcyclists engaging with us and our partners. Further awareness days will be held throughout the year, as well as other motorcycle events in the county.
“The Council is working with partner agencies to assist with efforts to reduce the number of motorcyclists killed and seriously injured on our roads. It is a priority for the council and partner agencies and much work is underway to educate both motorcycle riders and other drivers in relation to safety and road skills.”
For further information on the courses and events, which are free of charge thanks to road safety grant funding from the Welsh Government, please visit the council’s website. You can also follow the road safety team on Facebook and Twitter.
Upcoming events in Carmarthenshire
- Sunday 3rd June – West End Cafe – Llandovery Castle Car Park
- Saturday 7th/Sunday 8th July – Llandovery Motorbike Weekend
- Sunday 19th August – Owl’s Nest Tea Room Diner – Llandovery
* Welsh Government | Motorcycle User Casualties, January 2018