Bikers urged to think road safety

Some of the bikers who took part in Claire Lomas' charity ride out 'Road2Recovery' in aid of the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (NSIF) EMN-150615-130930001
Some of the bikers who took part in Claire Lomas' charity ride out 'Road2Recovery' in aid of the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (NSIF) EMN-150615-130930001

Bikers from Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford are being encouraged to fill out an online survey to help firefighters understand riders’ experiences on the roads.

Run by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, the survey aims to capture some of the stories from the perspective of the biker.

It asks how ong people have been riding 
bikes, whether they have had a near miss or a road traffic collision and what advice would bikers give other road users.

Garry Alexander from the Service’s Intervention and Incident Reduction Team said, “We know that we have a significant number of people on our roads who get on their bikes for work and pleasure.

“Far too often they are involved in road traffic collisions – sadly with serious consequences for the riders.

“We want to get a better understanding of what it is like for them on the roads. We hope this will raise awareness among all road users – after all we all share the road and want to get home safely.”

The short survey – which will be open for a month - can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SZXNBHH

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is part of the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, which aims to make the county’s roads safer for all users.

The following advice is offered to motorcyclists - riding defensively makes bikers less vulnerable. Make sure you:

• Anticipate the actions of others.

• Are alert and observant.

• Can slow down and stop if the unexpected happens.

• Position yourself in the safest and best place to maximise your visibility of potential hazards.

• Take a ‘lifesaver’ glance over your shoulder before carrying out manoeuvres, so you know where others are and what they’re doing.

• Wear the right gear - fall off your bike and tarmac will shred through your jeans in seconds. Wearing the right gear is just as important to your safety as servicing your motorcycle and knowing how to ride it. Wear bright or florescent gear during the day and reflective gear at night. Bikers must wear a protective jacket, gloves, boots and trousers.

And for drivers, here are a few simple ways of avoiding crashes with motorcyclists:

• Take longer to look for bikes. Look carefully for motorbikes when you pull out at a junction. If you’re approaching a junction, look out for motorcyclists pulling out too.

• Keep your distance. Driving too close can intimidate a less experienced motorcyclist.

• Check for bikes when changing lanes. A motorcyclist may be in the space you want to move into, or moving into it fast. Remember your blind spot.

• Check for bikes when turning. Parked cars or large vehicles can obstruct your view of a motorcyclist.

• Motorcyclists might pass you on either side. Double-check for motorcyclists, whether you’re turning left or right.

• Park safely. Check for motorcyclists before opening your car door - and ensure that your passengers do the same. When you pull away, remember to look specifically for motorcyclists as they can accelerate faster than cars.

Fore more information about safe motorbking, please visit the website at http://think.direct.gov.uk/motorcycles.html

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