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Police provide advanced rider training to bikers on social media

The campaign aims to reduce accidents on the road
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Wednesday, 30, Mar 2016 02:33

by Joe Jeffrey

Police campaign looks set to reduce accidents on the road through advanced training

Police are providing bikers with advanced motorcycle training in a series of videos on YouTube in a new campaign which aims to reduce motorcycle casualties on the road.

Thames Valley Police's Joint Operations Unit (JOU) has released two new Go-Pro urban rider videos shot from a motorcyclist's perspective which shows an advanced police motorcycle trainer from the JOU on a civilian motorbike. The rider can be heard talking through what he is observing, considering and doing as part of his journey on the road, with Go-Pro cameras placed in different places around him so that the film captures all in his viewpoint.

Research for the JOU, which is a collaborated unit between Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary, has highlighted that urban local authorities account for the greatest number of casualties, with the most-at-risk rider group being identified as weekday commuter riders travelling during at peak times and after midday at weekends.

Road Safety Sergeant Chris Appleby said: "We have identified three high risk groups of motorcyclists. These are leisure riders, commuters, and young scooter riders. Our priority still remains with leisure riders using high powered motorcycles on rural roads; however there is an emerging risk for commuter riders or urban motorcyclists as they choose bikes as a preferred travelling option.

"We've therefore created a short video for safe urban riding from a police motorcycle trainer view and highlighted what hazards riders need to be aware of and how to reduce the risks associated with riding in urban areas."

Over the two-year period between November 2013 and October 2015, 11 per cent of 25,646 casualties injured in the Hampshire and the Thames Valley region were moped or motorcycle riders or pillion passengers.

Motorcycle users remain the road user group with the highest rate of collisions and casualties per mile travelled. Motorcyclists make up just one per cent of total road traffic but account for 19 per cent of all road user deaths nationally.

Giving advice to both riders and drivers, Sgt Appleby added: "As the weather improves towards the summer months, riders need to make sure they are visible to all and ride appropriately to the conditions.

"Many collisions with motorcycles occur at junctions and we all need to make sure we look at for approaching motorcycles which may merge into the back ground as they approach.

"I would advise drivers give themselves extra time to look out for motorcycles. Riders also need to make sure they ride safely and not take unnecessary risks.

"We are asking riders and motorists to look out for each other and be considerate towards each other. We are reminding people to 'THINK BIKE and BIKER THINK'."

Check out the flashy trailer for the campaign below and let us know what you think.

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