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Motorcycle safety campaign launched

Motorcycle safety campaign launched

Published at 3:24pm 18th March 2015. (Updated at 6:12pm 18th March 2015)

Bikers across North Yorkshire are being urged to consider having more training.

This year's motorcycle safety campaign, which has the theme 'Are you as safe as you think?', is focusing on complacency and how it can cause accidents.

Casualty figures show that rider error is the main factor in more than 70% of accidents on the county's rural roads.

A significant number of crashes also happen when riders are in a group.

Fiona Ancell, from the 95 Alive York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership, said: "The fastest riders go to the front and sometimes you end up with some people at the back of the group struggling to keep up. We do know anecdotally and from witness evidence that that is one of those situations where they make mistakes, they do silly things that they wouldn't have done otherwise to keep up with their mates.

"You get a group of people together on motorbikes, it's exciting, there is a competitive element to it, and we have got witness evidence that in some cases people were racing in groups. Obviously there is no room for that on the road and we would say if you want to go and get your kicks like that, then do it on a track."

95 Alive will be attending major events to provide information about danger black spots on the county's roads.

North Yorkshire Police is also promoting its summer programme of BikeSafe sessions in Thirsk and York.

Bikers can take part in an observed ride where highly-trained police motorcyclists give feedback on the rider's strengths and weaknesses and offer tips to improve their skills.

Tim Madgwick, Chairman of 95 Alive and North Yorkshire's Deputy Chief Constable, said: "No-one likes to have their skills challenged, but the fact is that some riders do overrate their abilities on a bike, and the mindset that 'nothing will ever happen to me' can, and does, lead to accidents - particularly on bends, when overtaking or when braking.

"We're encouraging motorcyclists to really question how they ride, and to sign up for post-test training to hone their skills, improve their biking experience and reduce the risk of rider error on the roads."

More information here and on the Stray Extra 'Your County' show.