'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

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Motorcycling safety campaign launched in Cumbria

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