BAG A FREE BAG TO INCREASE BIKER SAFETY
Motorcyclists across Nottinghamshire are being encouraged to pick up a free high visibility backpack to help keep them safe on the county’s roads. The ‘Think Bike’ campaign was launched to coincide with the clocks going back, bringing darker nights forward. The scheme is being run by the Nottinghamshire Road Safety Partnership in an attempt to educate bikers about the dangers of the road.
Over the last three years, 44 people riding motorbikes have been killed on the roads across Nottinghamshire. A further 461 have sustained serious injuries. So far this year, 12 motorcyclists and one pillion passenger have died as a result of road crashes in the county. With a growing number of people using motorcycles to travel, it is hoped the backpacks will help provide a practical way to increase the visibility of motorbikers to other drivers.
Chief Inspector Andy Charlton, Head of the Roads Policing Unit, said: “Wearing bright reflective clothing every time they ride their bikes will help other motorists on the roads. It makes motorcyclists more visible to other road users and will hopefully help reduce the vulnerability they can have on the roads at this time of year.”