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Full Report: Motorcycling safety campaign launched in Cumbria

Hundreds of bikers are expected to visit Cumbria over the Easter weekend.

The challenging roads and scenery in the region attract motorcyclists from all over the world.

Cumbria Police have launched their annual BikeSafe campaign and it has the backing of one man who was left blind after a crash.

Hannah McNulty was at the launch in Keswick.

You can watch her full report below.


Crime Commissioner backs 'BikeSafe' initiative

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner ia backing the 'BikeSafe' initiative being launched by Cumbria Police.

The campaign is aiming to improve road safety of bikers across Cumbria, and highlight the importance of wearing a helmet and paying attention to road conditions.

"In the recent public consultation events across the County, people have raised their concerns about road safety, as a result I have set road safety as a key priority for Cumbria Constabulary to tackle.

"I welcome the BikeSafe initiative as it doesn't matter how old you are or how experienced you are, it is important to receive a few hours of refresher training that may just save your life or the lives of others."

– Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes

'BikeSafe' initiative launched in Cumbria

A new initiative to improve the safety of motorcyclists is being launched by Cumbria Police.

As the nights get lighter, more and more bikers venture out on to the roads, and the risk of accidents increases.

BikeSafe aims to provide an educational course which encourages bike safety, from experienced motorcyclists who are aware of the dangers of travelling on two wheels.

Last year there were 157 riders involved in motorbike accidents, with 104 suffering minor injuries, 44 suffering serious injuries, and nine suffering being fatal injuries.

"By being prepared and being involved in BikeSafe, we can provide helpful tips and hints about how to handle roads which some riders have never experienced.

"Even those who are annual visitors to the area can become rusty and need to have a refresher.

"Riding on our county's roads can be challenging, not only with the road layout but with other road users and be having an input on how best to handle these challenges could potentially save your life."

– Sergeant Joanne Lennox, BikeSafe initiative