NPCC-led campaign focuses on two wheels safety

11.19 | 12 April 2021 | |

Image: Gwent Police

Police forces across the UK are entering the second week of a campaign to improve safety for those travelling on two wheels.

Co-ordinated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), the campaign got underway on 5 April and runs until this Sunday (18 April).

It focuses on the safety of two vulnerable road user groups: cyclists and motorcyclists.

In Gwent, Wales, officers are engaging with riders to talk about the steps they can take to increase safety and visibility.

Supt Glyn Fernquest, Gwent Police, said: “We’re committed to increasing the safety of all road users in Gwent, including motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders.

“Over the coming months, as the weather brightens and more and more motorcyclists and cyclists use our roads, we’ll be engaging with riders across Gwent to talk about the steps they can take to increase safety and visibility.

“Things like making essential vehicle checks before setting off on a journey, riding within the legal speed limit, giving yourself and others enough space and time when overtaking and positioning yourself in the safest place to maximise visibility can make the road safer for us all.”

Meanwhile in Warwickshire, the county’s police force and fire and rescue service are encouraging motorcyclists to refresh their riding skills and to upskill by attending a BikeSafe or Biker Down workshop.

BikeSafe is a national police run motorcycle initiative which aims to improve riding and reduce the risk of motorcyclists being involved in a collision – while Biker Down gives riders an awareness of what to do if they are first at the scene of a motorcycle collision.

Sgt Shaun Bridle, Warwickshire Police, said: “Most riders are dusting off their motorbikes after winter and getting them ready for the new season, but it’s not just your bike that may need attention. 

“There are some great routes in Warwickshire and we can help you improve your skills so you can get the most out of your time on your bike whilst staying as safe as possible.”



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