Bikers urged to take care

PUBLISHED: 13:34 19 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:12 15 June 2010

WITH 40 per cent of fatal accidents in Devon involving motorcyclists this year, Devon County Council is urging riders to drive with caution.

WITH 40 per cent of fatal accidents in Devon involving motorcyclists this year, Devon County Council is urging riders to drive with caution.Seven riders have been killed this year and the county council is keen that the figure does not rise, especially if the weather improves over the next couple of months.Councillor Margaret Rogers, DCC's executive member for environment, said: "We recognise the benefits that motorcycling has in reducing congestion on our roads and the tourism that motorcycling brings."However, motorcyclists are our most vulnerable road users and we urge them to enjoy riding in Devon this summer but to take care."We are keen to promote the safe and sensible use of motorcycles, as well as educating and raising awareness of motorcycling among othe road users."There are also a number of simple measures that riders can perform to improve their safety when out this summer."Not only does the council have its Bringing Bikers Out of the Blindspot campaign but it has also offered a range of tips to improve safety.These include: l Taking care when approaching junctions as car drivers do not always see motorbikes.l Choosing appropriate speeds for the conditions.l Wearing the correct riding gear to reduce the severity of injuries in the event of an accident.l Consider joining an advanced riding group to develop your style.l Riding in groups is enjoyable, but in recent years a relatively high number of fatal crashes have involved a rider out with others - ride in a group, think as an individual.l Report road defects on 0845 1551004 as motorbikes are more vulnerable to them.

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