A safety awareness training day has been held in Galashiels for motorcyclists looking to brush up on their skills.
Recent figures show that although bikers only make up 1% of traffic users across the Borders, a huge 20% of fatal or serious accidents involve motorcyclists.
Lori Carnochan has been to find out more:
Bikers from across the Borders have been attending a special road safety open day in Galashiels.
Although people on motorbikes only account for 1% of road users across the Borders, 20% of fatal or serious accidents involve a biker.
Motorcyclists were partnered up with instructors who assessed their riding skills, before going over some basic techniques. The bikers were taken on a 30 minute ride around Selkirk, before returning to Galashiels for their debrief.
However, the day wasn't just for people who have recently passed their test. Many of the attendees were experienced bikers, looking to refresh their skills.
"I've just bought another bike, and as much as i've been riding other bikes in the past, i can always learn. And this is an opportunity to learn properly."
Motorcyclists from across the Scottish Borders are being encouraged to take part in a new safety initiative.
The Borders bikers open day is giving riders the chance to brush up on their road safety skills before the official biking season gets underway.
The Skill for Life course will provide expert advice on motorcycling techniques, including a 30 minute rider assessment.
There will also be an offer of 20 free places on the Institute of Advanced Motorists training course for local riders.
The open day is being held at Galashiels Fire Station between 10am and 3pm.
"Any initiative that has the potential to reduce the number of tragedies on our roads involving motorcyclists and helps to save lives is worth promoting."
Police are appealing for witnesses after a 41-year-old man was assaulted in the centre of Galashiels on Wednesday night.
The man was walking along Huddersfield Street at around 10pm when was approached by a man and assaulted.
He was taken to Borders General hospital where he was treated for minor head and facial injuries.
The suspect is described as being around 22 to 23-years-old, of a stocky build, five foot eight inches tall and was wearing dark clothing.
"There were a number of motorists passing through the area at the time who could have witnessed the assault.
"Anyone with information that can assist should contact Police Scotland on 101."
It was confirmed today that the Scottish Centre of Textiles will be based in Galashiels.
Project leaders Hamish Carruthers and Alisdaire Lockhart will now work with Heriot Watt University and local MP Michael Moore on the first stage of the Scottish Centre of Textiles project, which is to establish a Scottish National Textile Archive.
It is hoped that the archive will further enhance the reputation of Scottish Textiles and increase footfall to the Borders, both in terms of tourists and professionals.
Michael Moore has described the decision as bringing the completion of the project ‘a step closer’.
“Here in the Borders we have a world-class textiles industry and this Centre has the potential to further enhance its reputation as well as boosting local tourism.
“Choosing where to locate the project in the Borders has been a difficult process but with the railway and other attractions such as Abbotsford, it was decided today that it would be based in Galashiels."
Resurfacing works to the High Street in Galashiels will begin this month.
The work, which will start on Monday 23 February, is expected to last approximately two weeks.
It is being carried out in conjunction with Scotland Gas Networks’ ongoing gas main replacement programme.
Scottish Borders Council says the work is being done in four phases in an effort to maintain traffic flows around the town centre and, weather permitting, will take the following structure:
- Monday 23 February to Thursday 26 February - Bank Street closed
- Friday 27 February to Monday 2 March - The one-way on Sime Place and Bridge Street will be reversed, allowing access from Bank Street. Access to and from Iceland car park will be two-way via the east entrance.
- Saturday 28 February to Monday 2 March - Sime Place and Bridge Street will continue with reversed one way. A section of the High Street will be two-way from the Bridge Place/Island Street junction, and when the resurfacing in phase two reaches the High Street pedestrian crossing, traffic management will change to ensure access to Iceland car park is via the west exit rather than the east entrance.
- Tuesday 3 March to Friday 6 March - Light good vehicles and cars will be allowed access through Channel Street precinct which will help delivery vehicles and traffic flowing around the town centre. The exit from Sime Place will be closed off and the one way order suspended to allow two-way traffic along Sime Place and Bridge Street for local access only.
The MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk has said that the the arrival of the Borders Railway will put the whole area in the spotlight.
MP Michael Moore has told the Scottish Affairs Committee that the Borders Railway is an 'Olympic moment' for the area that can't be wasted.
The 30 mile line is due to be reopened between Edinburgh and the Borders in September.
The Scottish Affairs Committee is in Galashiels to hear evidence about issues facing businesses and residents of the border regions in Scotland and cross-border issues.
A UK Parliament committee is in Galashiels today to scrutinise issues faced by businesses on the border.
The Scottish Affairs Committee will hear about problems facing businesses and residents of the border regions in Scotland and cross-border issues.
Among the speaker's are Michael Moore MP and Jack Clark, convener of Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce.
A man has been arrested and charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act after police in Galashiels recovered Class A drugs yesterday,
A volume of cocaine with a potential street value of £4000 was found in a vehicle seized from an address in St Andrews Street.
The 27-year-old man has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal and will appear in court at a later date.