Biker scheme commended
Buckinghamshire road safety team’s ‘Be a Better Biker’ scheme has received a commendation from the Prince Michael Awards' scheme for its contribution to improving the safety of bikers.
Be a Better Biker was developed to address the disproportionate number of crashes involving powered two wheelers on Buckinghamshire’s roads. In 2003, 13 bikers died on the county’s roads.
The road safety team conducted in-depth research and ran focus groups with bikers in order to find out what they thought might work. The research revealed that males aged 30 years or above and riding high-powered sports bikers were most at risk. The focus groups revealed that while many riders admitted they needed more training, they did not want to be seen to be asking for it.
To combat this, Be a Better Biker was branded as an assessment of a biker’s skills. Since the scheme began in 2004, almost 500 bikers have signed up to improve their riding skills; from thinking and planning through to applying advanced riding techniques.
The fact that local motorcyclists, dealers, training schools and the motorcycle industry have been fully involved in the campaign from the outset has been identified as an important reason for its on-going success in helping to halve the number of motorcyclists injured on the county’s roads.
For more information contact Nigel Spencer, from Buckinghamshire County Council, on 01296 383431.
New website includes membersí portal and info on training courses etc
Apply for Corporate Membership of Road Safety GB
Road Safety campaigns, research, data and help forum
The 2017 National Road Safety Conference
For more info and to register to attend click here...
Project EDWARD - 21 September 2017
For more info click here...
AROUND THE WEB
Is this the end for the red traffic light?
Vehicle hire specialist Northgate delves into the Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory project.
The driving test trial
The findings of a DVSA trial, conducted with the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), released to coincide with the new driving test changes.
Highways England's vehicle checks campaign
Click here to subscribe for weekly news alert