Increase in number of South Yorkshire bikers killed year on year

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A new safety campaign has been launched following a rise in the number of motorcyclists killed on South Yorkshire’s roads.

Last year there were 43 bikers and scooter riders killed compared to 36 the year before.

Now South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership has launched a month long campaign promoting the benefits of motorcyclists improving their riding skills, pointing out that their bikes and scooters account for

one per cent of the traffic on the roads but 19 per cent of fatalities.

Joanne Wehrle, Safer Roads Education Manager, said: “If you are a biker, remember to wear the right protective clothing - it could literally save your skin in the event of falling off your bike.

“Wear a helmet and make sure you fully fasten your strap, it could save your life.

“Consider other vehicles’ blind spots and always plan to be in the safest position on the road. Be more aware of your surroundings and the effect they have on your visibility to other road users.

“Make allowances for other drivers in your riding plan for you own safety and stick to the speed limits.”

The Partnership is subsidising a two day ‘SharpRider’ course available to South Yorkshire riders for £20.

It is suitable for those who have recently passed their test, are returning to riding after a break, upgrading to a more powerful machine or just want to check their riding standards.

The course normally costs over £100.

Call 01777 818013 or visit www.sharprider.co.uk