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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 23:23 
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THINK! urges motorcyclists to 'stay in control'
Organisation: Department for Transport
Published: 18 April 2013
Policy: Making roads safer
Minister: Stephen Hammond MP

Defensive motorcycling riding skills to improve in new road safety initiative.

A new THINK! road safety initiative to encourage motorcyclists to improve their defensive riding skills has been launched today (18 April 2013) by the Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond.

The ‘stay in control’ campaign - which has been developed with partners from the motorcycle industry - advises motorcyclists to ride defensively and seek further training to sharpen their skills. Posters, leaflets and other promotional material will be distributed to hundreds of motorcycle dealerships and retailers across the UK. The campaign will run throughout the peak riding season this spring and summer, when, historically, the number of motorcyclists killed and seriously injured on the roads sees an increase.

Stephen Hammond said:
Motorcyclists make up just 1% of the traffic on our roads but last year accounted for 19% of deaths. So reducing the number of bikers killed on our roads is a key priority for the government. I am pleased that, in parallel with this initiative, we are also running a THINK BIKER campaign encouraging car drivers to take longer to look for motorcyclists.

This latest campaign urges bikers to ride defensively – this includes taking a ‘lifesaver glance’ around before manoeuvring and giving yourself time to react to potential hazards. Any message that has the potential to reduce the number of tragedies on our roads involving motorcyclists and save lives is worth hammering home.

Current industry partners include the Motorcycle Industry Association, Motor Cycle Monthly magazine, Devitt Insurance and Yamaha. The advice and support from all partners is crucial to the success of this campaign. Other organisations able to promote the campaign to customers and members are encouraged to contact the THINK! Campaigns team.
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Motorcyclists accounted for 1% of road traffic but 19% of deaths on Britain’s roads in 2011. Around 30 bikers are killed or injured in accidents at junctions every day.

In 2011, 5,609 motorcyclists were killed or seriously injured with 74% of these occurring in accidents involving another vehicle. 69% of these casualties happened at junctions. The number of accidents increases significantly during March and April as improved weather encourages more motorcyclists onto the road.

Last year, 26% of motorcyclist fatalities and serious injuries resulted from accidents where no other vehicle was involved.

Comparing different road users’ casualty rates per billion vehicle miles highlights that motorcyclists are at a much greater risk of being killed or seriously injured, approximately 75 times that for car drivers.

See the department’s annual road casualty statistics of 2011 for further information.

In addition to the four partners mentioned above, other partner organisations are Motorcycle Retailers Association, Motorcycle Industry Training Association, British Motorcyclists Federation, Motorcycle Action Group, retail brands including Shark and Furygan and all major motorcycle dealers including Kawasaki.

The campaign encourages motorcyclists to ride defensively – this means encouraging riders to expect the unexpected, take a lifesaver glace’ over their shoulder before manoeuvring and positioning themselves in the safest and best place on the road to maximise visibility of potential hazards.

The campaign also encourages riders to consider sharpening their skills by taking on extra training with qualified instructors.

Learn more about how riders can sharpen their skills. Information on the national THINK BIKER can be found on the THINK! website too.

THINK! campaigns team contact:
THINK!’s social media channels include the THINK BIKER Facebook page and THINK! twitter channel.
Press enquiries: 020 7944 3066
Out of hours: 020 7944 4292
Public enquiries: 0300 330 3000
Excellent in principal although I am no fan of the ad appearing to show a dead person! TO me a positive encouragement to ride better is far more intelligent than some 'shock' ad which does IMHO nothing.
Encouraging defensive riding is really encouraging. Of course the figures go up in spring and summer as most riders don't go out in the bad weather ! However education will help riders to be better.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 18:17 
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In my twenties, as a biker, I was less bothered about dying than ending up crippled and unable to ride again. If they want to shock then showing the consequences of surviving, but with permanent injuries would probably be more effective.

Part of the thrill of riding a fast bike is knowing the only thing between you and a nasty accident is your skill, the trick is to only reach this level when there is no one else around to have an accident with.

Driving fast is for a particular time and place, I can do it I just only do it occasionally because I am a gentleman.
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