Plymouth biker safety event looks set to become annual
A HUGE road safety day staged by bikers last month looks set to become an annual attraction.
The Plymouth branch of the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) organised Plymouth On the Road in a bid to drive down the death toll among city bikers.
Official stats revealed in The Herald earlier this year showed up Plymouth as a hotspot for tragedies involving motorcyclists.
Police figures named the city as the country’s third-worst of its size for fatal and serious injury collisions involving motorcycles.
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But 500 people flocked to Derriford for Plymouth On the Road, which included the chance for all road users of all kinds to try out a driving simulator, get tips and advice and sit at the wheel of an HGV.
Plymouth MAG’s Pete Bourner said the group was now set for talks with Plymouth City Council over expanding the event next year.
Earmarked venues include the Hoe and the Park and Ride site off Outland Road, near Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park stadium.
“We’ve got such a good response from it,” Mr Bourner said.
“The council were very impressed and they want to make it an annual event.
“We spoke to hundreds of people at the Mega Ride at the weekend, too, and safety is still a major issue.”
MAG is currently lobbying manhole cover manufacturers, as well as local authorities, on behalf of bikers stung by potholes, petrol spills and damaged drains.
Mr Bourner also welcomed the council’s crackdown on motorists who use bus lanes. From this week, drivers caught on camera risk being hit with a £60 fine.
Cyclists, bus companies and cabbies have already welcomed the move, which is initially being limited to six city routes.
But Mr Bourner said the idea would be attractive to motorcyclists, who are also entitled to use the lanes.
“Plymouth was one of the first cities in the country to allow motorcyclists into bus lanes,” he added.
“We’ve always welcomed it and it’s been proven to reduce all road users’ journey times.
“It has worked out and so it should be enforced. Any measure that can lead to safer roads has got to be a good thing.”
Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras are in use in Exeter Street, Embankment Road, Tavistock Road, Saltash Road and Pemros Road, in St Budeaux.
However, they can be moved to any other bus lane in the city without warning.