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Road Safety week – Motorcycling Ride out

| 20.11.13

Local people will be able to Twitter-follow the journey by two highly trained motorcycle riders as they travel around our rural roads. The routes they will take are some of the most beautiful and challenging for motorcyclists in the county and the riders will be stopping to Tweet hints and tips for riding them safely.

During the ride out the bikes will cover more than 100 miles and pass through the Forest Of Dean, Hartpury, Tewkesbury, Bishops Cleeve and Stow on the Wold.

Road Safety Week, which runs from 18th to 24th November 2013, focuses on the theme of tuning in to road safety and avoiding distractions.

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, Cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure said “We’re all human, we daydream, we get side-tracked, we run late and we make mistakes. But on roads, distractions can be fatal. When using roads, we all need to tune in to road safety and give it our full attention, to keep ourselves and each other safe.”

Last year the number of motorcycle casualties in Gloucestershire fell from 162 to 133. By raising awareness and highlighting the safest ways to enjoy riding your motorcycle it is hoped this decline will continue.

Chris Harrison, Motorcycling Safety Coordinator at Gloucestershire County Council said, “This is about taking action to promote road safety and help save lives. 84% of motorcycle collisions in Gloucestershire involve at least one other vehicle so we will be reminding drivers and motorcyclists to look out for each other.”

“We want all road users to enjoy the glorious countryside that Gloucestershire has to offer, but we want to ensure they are clear on the risks and this is the perfect opportunity to do just that.”

For more information and motorcycle safety tips please contact chris.harrison@glosfire.gov.uk

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