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Record year for Partnership at Prescott Festival of Motorbikes

| 07.04.14

Gloucestershire’s Road Safety Partnership enjoyed a record year at Prescott Festival of Motorbikes this weekend, with more visitors than ever signing up to improve their motorcycling skills.

Despite the weather, motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the region visited the popular event on Prescott Hill in Gotherington, near Cheltenham.

The Road Safety Partnership stand included displays from Gloucestershire Police, Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner and encouraged visitors to sign up to improve their bike skills. Visitors were invited to “have a go” at some basic first aid to promote the new free Biker Down course as well as identifying blind spots for riders and drivers as part of Gloucestershire Police’s BikeSafe display.

Motorcycling co-ordinator Chris Harrison said: “We’ve had one of our best years yet at Prescott Festival of Bikes. We’ve seen more visitors to our stand than ever and had a record number of sign ups to our training courses. We know there is nothing better than the freedom of getting out on the bike, especially now the evenings are lighter and the summer is on the way. We want to make sure every rider gets the most out of their bike, on every journey and this means having access to the best available training.”

Of those people killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads between 2011 and 2013, 21% were riding motorbikes. The majority (78%) of all incidents involving a motorcycle, also involved another vehicle. Furthermore, data shows that riders or drivers failing to look properly is the single largest factor in these collisions.


Photo: RSP’s Chris Harrison with visitors to Prescott Festival of Motorbikes

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Notes to editors:

Motorcyclists represent 21% of those killed or seriously injured on Gloucestershire’s roads between 2011-2013.

78% of fatal and serious collisions involving a PTW (powered two wheeler) involved another vehicle (119 out of 152)

From 2013 data, driver/rider error accounted for the largest proportion of collisions

Failing to look properly, on behalf of either rider or driver remains single largest collision factor

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