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Operation set up to improve motorbike safety on Cumbria’s roads

Bassenthwaite-RTCAn operation to improve road safety in relation to motorbikes is to take place across the county next week.

Operation Focus will aim to improve rider behaviour, improve road safety and contribute to a reduction in the number of serious and fatal road traffic collisions involving motorcyclists.

Motorcycle users remain the road user group with the highest rate of collisions and casualties per mile travelled. The operation will see officers on patrol looking to educate and, where necessary, enforce compliance of road traffic regulations.

Sergeant Claire Sampson, Operational Support Unit, said: “Cumbria offers motorcyclists with some of the best scenic routes in the UK and is popular with bikers from other parts of the country as well those who live in the county. We want motorcyclists to enjoy these routes safely and to avoid fatal consequences.

“This operation is designed to make roads safer by observing driver and rider behaviour. If offences are observed officers will look to educate the motorist at fault rather than simply enforce. However if the offence caused is deemed too serious for an education resolution officers may take enforcement action.

“This operation is not targeting motorcyclists solely, it will also look at the behaviour of other road users. This is to make sure that other motorists are aware of motorcyclists on the county’s roads.

“I’d also like to take the opportunity to encourage as many as people as possible to take advantage of BikeSafe courses. Bikesafe is a subsidised rider course designed to improve a motorcyclist’s skill and competence. Motorcyclists remain extremely vulnerable road users and it is vital that riders build on their skills and experience in order to deal with the challenges they face.”

There is one remaining BikeSafe course this year and it will be held in Carlisle on Sunday 4th September 2016. Places are limited to twelve people, so riders are urged to book quickly to avoid missing out. You can book at www.bikesafe.co.uk.

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