Bike safety campaign launched

A MAJOR motorbike safety campaign has been launched.

It is being led by motorcycle rider development programme Ridewell Tees Valley and works in partnership with local councils, including Hartlepool Borough Council, and the Cleveland Road Safety Partnership to reduce motorcycle-related accidents.

The campaign has seen a series of key safety messages issued ahead of the Easter weekend when many motorcyclists will be taking to the roads.

Richard McGuckin, vice-chairman of the Cleveland Road Safety Partnership, welcomed the safety drive and said: “We know many people living across the Tees Valley area enjoy riding motorcycles and we don’t want to spoil their fun.

“However, their safety and the safety of other road users is paramount and that is why we want to raise awareness of the measures everyone can take to reduce the number of motorcycle-related accidents.

“The events arranged by Ridewell Tees Valley really will offer some invaluable tips and learning opportunities for motorcyclists of all abilities and they are also a fantastic way of meeting people with similar interests.”

Advice includes urging people to be aware of their capabilities, check their bike, and check their kit, including crash helmet visors, leathers and zips to ensure they stay dry.

The campaign aims to back up its advice with two free events aimed directly at local bikers. Scheme manager Nick Walker will be delivering a talk on “science behind the body” and how to remain fit to ride at The Pit Stop Diner, in Bowesfield Lane, Stockton, on Tuesday, April 10, at 6.30pm.

And a slow riding clinic will be held on Saturday, April 28, where riders will be able to pick up tips on how to maximise slow speed control and take part in some set exercises at The Pit Stop Diner at 11am.