Widow makes appeal to bikers
The widow of a motorcyclist killed in North Yorkshire last year is appealing to bikers to ride safe and keep speeds down.
In April 2009, six motorcyclists were killed on the roads of York and North Yorkshire, and Sarah McCarthy is working with 95 Alive The York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership to cut deaths.
Her husband Stuart, a keen biker from Bolton, died in a single vehicle crash last July, just a few weeks after his best friend also died on his bike.
Sarah said: "Stuart loved to ride his bike fast. On 2 July last year he came round a bend at speed and was killed instantly.
“The devastation that has caused is unbelievable, having to tell your seven-year-old daughter that her father has died is something I wouldn't wish on anyone.”
David Bowe, chair of 95 Alive, said: "On average 80% of motorbike collisions in North Yorkshire were caused by rider error.
"What we need to be most concerned about is complacency, people think ‘it won't happen to me.’ But it does. 95 Alive is urging bikers to make sure they’re in control and also think about getting extra training to improve their skills.“
The Partnership will attend regular bike meets throughout the season with the latest information on motorcycle crashes, high risk routes and information about subsidised higher level skills training courses.
For further information contact Janet Gleeson, 95 Alive communications coordinator, on 01609 798304.