OVER a hundred new roadsigns have been put up to improve the safety of motorcyclists using Warwickshire’s roads.
Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership (WRSP) has distributed ‘think bike’ and ‘ride safely’ signs across the county to encourage bikers and drivers to #ShareTheSpace and look out for each other.
The WRSP funded initiative, announced as part of the national Vulnerable Road Users campaign between September 6-19, aims to support the growing number of motorcyclists by helping them to stay safe and enjoy the freedom that comes with travelling on a bike on some of Warwickshire’s most popular motorcycle routes.
The ‘think bike’ signs remind drivers to look out for motorcyclists on these popular biker routes, whilst the ‘ride safely’ signage aims to encourage bikers themselves to take extra care on these often more testing routes through the Warwickshire countryside.
The routes for the signage were chosen based on casualty statistics and the number of motorcyclists using the routes.
WRSP thanked Warwickshire County Council for distributing the signage on routes including the B4112 from Newbold on Avon through to Bulkington, the Fosse Way from the southern county boundary through to Princethorpe, and the A422 from Stratford through to the A429 junction.
Sergeant Shaun Bridle said: “September is a peak month for motorcycle collisions and so there’s no better time to remind drivers of the presence of motorcyclists on our roads. We also want motorcyclists to help themselves by riding safely and upskilling by attending a course such as BikeSafe or Biker Down.”
National Highways Assistant Regional Safety Co-ordinator Marie Biddulph said: “We know that motorcyclists are one of our most vulnerable groups of road users and it is important to us to do all that we can to keep bikers as safe as possible when out on the roads.
“The new signs will remind drivers to be vigilant for bikes but also encourage motorcyclists to take extra care on these particularly challenging routes. We would also urge motorcyclists to make sure they always wear protective clothing when out on their bikes, whatever the weather.”
WRSP is also advising motorcyclists to regularly maintain and check bikes and their position on the road so they can be easily seen by other road users, and not to ride in drivers’ blind spots.
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The public consultation on Warwickshire’s road safety ‘Strategy to 2030’ closes today (Wednesday September 15) and all road users including motorcyclists are encouraged to take part. Visit www.warksroadsafety.org for more information.