Suffolk Police back national 2 Wheels campaign to help protect motorbike riders and cyclists
Suffolk Police have backed a national campaign to raise awareness of motorbike and bicycle safety on our country's roads.
The National Police Chiefs' Council are heading up the '2 Wheels' campaign, which launched on Monday and runs for two weeks until Sunday, June 2.
The aim of the campaign is to educate drivers and riders about the dangers of not having the correct skills, knowledge and equipment and show them how they can improve their behaviour and enhance road safety.
Motorcyclists are one of the most vulnerable groups of road users, accounting for 19 per cent of all deaths on British roads in 2017.
In that year, 349 motorbike riders and 101 pedal cyclists lost their lives, with the latter accounting for six per cent of deaths.
Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the joint roads and armed policing team, said: "It is a stark statistic that road users on two wheels accounted for 25 per cent of all road deaths in 2017 and analysis carried out at the end of last year found that cyclists and motorcyclists are 63 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a collision.
"Unfortunately this trend repeats itself locally, with riders being disproportionately involved in serious collisions when they only make up a small fraction of total road users and we want to use this campaign to encourage motorists and cyclists to think about the safety of those on two wheels.
"Riders must of course consider their own safety and be responsible road users as much as anyone else, but I would urge drivers of other vehicles to take extra care when travelling near to cyclists or motorcyclists and recognise that they are more vulnerable.
"Don’t drive too closely to them and allow plenty of room if overtaking.”
Motorcyclists are encouraged to take up the opportunity to improve their riding skills by attending a Safe Rider course. The monthly courses run until October and more information can be found on the Suffolk Police website.
Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore, said: "Road-users on two wheels are sadly more likely to be involved in a collision than drivers, so I fully support the Constabulary’s campaign to raise awareness of motorcycle and bicycle safety.
"It is crucially important that all road-users are conscious of the additional vulnerability those on two wheels face. If we are all more aware of each other on the road we will make our county roads that bit safer.”