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Think Bike

Since 2003 there have been 89 fatal collisions involving motorcyclists in Cornwall.

47% of these occurred at the weekend, with just over half of these on Sundays (57%).

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With one exception all riders killed since 2003 were male. During the same period four female pillions died in crashes.*

The new Road Safety R1 Engagement Bike will be visiting biker meets and events to promote this year’s motorcyclist safety campaign. The campaign focuses on the where you look is where you go principle with the campaign also comprising of awareness raising advertising at petrol stations, biker cafes and through other relevant media. 

Biker advocates will be on hand at biker evenings to discuss the issues facing motorcyclists in Cornwall and offer advice on getting the most out of riding whilst reducing the risks e.g. focusing on cornering correctly and the need to allow enough time to react.

Local casualty data has highlighted that riders, of larger bikes, are at risk of being fatally injured when negotiating bends, often due to speed and their line around the corner, the campaign aims to increase riders’ awareness of these issues and encourage them to take responsibility for their own safety.

Think ‘bike.' If you're not expecting to see one, you may not until it's too late.

  • Bikes are small and manoeuvrable and so may seem to appear from nowhere in traffic.
  • Riders may position themselves in different parts of the road to improve their forward vision or to avoid hazards such as potholes or diesel spills. Give them room.
  • Be aware of your blind spots and check that they're clear before changing lanes.
  • Bikes can filter, let them. Blocking a bike from getting past is dangerous.
  • Consider some advanced training to progress your driving skills.

We know it's not always the driver’s fault, but by taking that extra second to check for bikes you could just save yourself a lot of time.

Assume no-one has seen you, even if you’re wearing hi-viz.

  • Use road positioning to give yourself extra space and time to see and be seen.
  • Moderate your speed. People struggle to perceive the speed of small objects approaching them.
  • When filtering move gently with the traffic, don’t try to force your way through.
  • Have an escape route planned just in case the worst does happen.
  • Ensure you can get the most from your brakes should you need them.
  • Consider some advanced training to further sharpen your skills.

But it's not always the driver’s fault. By taking an extra second to plan your riding on the approach to junctions you could just save yourself a lot of time.

The Road Safety team consults local motorcyclists regarding their thoughts and views on motorcycling safety on a regular basis, both at events and meets, as well as by email. If you ride and would like to be part of this consultation process, you can join the e-list by contacting us at this address bikers@cornwall.gov.uk

We have produced our own Think Bike stickers, and we have a limited number available free. To get yours, email us at the address above  with your name and postal address (maximum two stickers per person while stocks last. Larger quantities may be made available for clubs and organisations - call 01726 72582 for more information). When requesting your stickers, please let us know where you heard about them. Thank you.

While we hope you will never need one, you can get more details about, and request your own CRASH card here.

"Immediate care at the roadside in an emergency" is a first aid course which supplies participants with the knowledge and skills required to manage the scene of a road traffic collision. This one-day course deals with the different types of life-threatening trauma encountered at the scene.

The course is run, assessed and certificated by South Western Ambulance Service Trust.

*Statistics last updated 8 January 2016