The first in a new series of online forums facilitated by Road Safety GB took place earlier today, and generated 17 questions about the safety of motorcyclists.
The forum was hosted by Road Safety GB’s two motorcycling specialists, Gareth Tuffery and Mike Wilson who answered questions in real time.
For the past 10 years Mike Wilson (left in pic) has worked in Leicestershire County Council’s road safety education team. He has responsibility for “all things motorcycle” in the Leicestershire county area as well as supporting the road safety teams in Leicester City and Rutland councils. Recently he secured funding from the Leicestershire Road Safety Partnership for a Triumph Sprint (see pic) to assist with biker education initiatives.
Prior to his current post Mike had a career in the police force which spanned more than 30 years and included 12 years on traffic patrol. He has Police Advanced Grade 1 qualifications for Motorcycles and Cars.
Mike has owned and ridden motorcycles since the age of 16 years and says he is a “believer in education rather than punishment where the circumstances allow, but agree that stronger measures are sometimes required”.
Gareth Tuffery (right in pic) came into road safety in the 1990s and is currently principal road safety officer with the London Borough of Southwark.
While working for Surrey County Council he organised a motorcycle conference to address the casualties with predominately the leisure motorcyclist on the county’s roads, and as a result secured a motorcycle strategy for Surrey. In addition to his role as specialist advisor for Road Safety GB, Gareth also sat on the National Motorcycle Council (now disbanded) and the Government Advisory Group for Motorcycling.