We bikers do think safety
I WOULD like to reply to Brian Asplin s column on Friday, July 20. It is good to know the Think Bike signs are working. The Think campaign is a road safety initiative aimed at all road users, there are many other messages as well as the Think Bike o
I WOULD like to reply to Brian Asplin's column on Friday, July 20. It is good to know the 'Think Bike' signs are working.
The 'Think' campaign is a road safety initiative aimed at all road users, there are many other messages as well as the 'Think Bike' one that Brian refers to.
Some of the messages are indeed aimed at motorcyclists, including one relating to overtaking. The possible reason that Brian has noticed the 'Think Bike' sign more than the others is that the Government has tasked county councils with reducing the number of motorcycle casualties. Motorcyclists have not asked for this special treatment. The Government has recognised them as vulnerable road users. Therefore councils have signed up to the 'Think' campaign and the 'Think Bike' signs are perhaps more prolific than others in our area. As Brian points out drivers should be thinking when driving, but how many drivers do we see otherwise occupied in their cars while travelling?
When on a motorcycle the rider does have to think and remain alert, more so than when driving a car, even when overtaking. There are also fewer distractions when riding a motorcycle, this includes things like radios and heating/air conditioning controls.
While I agree that not every motorcyclist rides according to the highway code, I don't think it is fair to tar all of us with the same brush.
Just as with other groups of road users there are those who behave and a minority who do not.
- 1 Drink-drivers banned off the roads after being caught in March and Wisbech
- 2 EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt ‘to work at restaurant in Cambridgeshire’
- 3 Princess Anne waves from Range Rover after landing in Wisbech
- 4 Family pay tribute to brothers, 13 and 17, killed in horror BMW crash
- 5 Iceland offers over 60s discount on shopping bill every week
- 6 Care at Home – because home (truly) is where the heart is…
- 7 Eye burglar smashed doors with brick and stole jewellery and chocolate
- 8 Princess Anne unveils new 'national treasure' Jubilee table in Ely
- 9 Sex offender case adjourned due to judge's concerns
- 10 Whistleblower shares story of bullying, fatigue and 'dangerous' hours at ambulance service
I would like to extend a warm welcome to Brian and anyone else interested to come and join us at The Rose & Crown, March, every first and third Monday of the month, from 8:30pm. Motorcyclists are in general a friendly bunch of law-abiding citizens.
East Anglia regional representative
Motorcycle Action Group