Tributes paid to motorcyclist killed in collision with bus on Saturday

THE FAMILY of a man who was killed after his motorbike came into collision with a bus have told how he “loved life”. Peter Ringrose, from Fore Street, Bugle, was riding a motorbike and sidecar on Roche Road, travelling towards Bugle, when he and a single-decker Western Greyhound bus collided at around 5pm on Saturday. The 46-year-old Imerys’ worker, who had ridden motorbikes for about 30 years, was pronounced dead at the scene. No one on the bus was injured. Mr Ringrose leaves behind his wife Tania Ringrose as well as daughters Victoria and Rebecca and two grandsons.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward. Call 101 quoting log number 593 of March 3, 2012, with information.

Motorcyclist killed in Devon A35 crash

TRIBUTES have been paid to a Cullompton motorcyclist who was killed in a collision on the A35 near Honiton. Andrew Luckham, 48, known as Lux to his family and friends, was riding his black Kawasaki motorcycle in Offwell when the incident happened. He was in a collision with an Audi convertible driven by a woman in her 40s from the area just after 11am on Sunday. Despite the efforts of paramedics, an air ambulance crew and members of the public who stopped to assist, he was declared dead at the scene.

Any witnesses to the incident or anyone with information should call police on the non-emergency number, 101, quoting log 366 of February 26 2012.

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Plymouth biker Paul Henderson killed in A38 crash

A PLYMOUTH motorcyclist was killed in a four-vehicle rush-hour crash on the A38 at St Budeaux. The 45-year-old man, named locally as Paul Henderson of West Park, died at the scene of the collision on the Parkway.

A 57-year-old woman motorist, also from Plymouth, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving. She was still in custody last night as The Herald went to press and was released overnight on bail until April 30. A blue Triumph Tiger motorbike, two cars and a van were involved in the accident yesterday at the bottom of the St Budeaux eastbound onslip. The accident came as emergency services dealt with a string of other crashes during the morning, causing long traffic delays. The emergency services were alerted to the St Budeaux crash at 6.57am by a member of the public. The road between Weston Mill and Crownhill was closed for almost eight hours, causing miles of tailbacks into South East Cornwall. Traffic delays were worsened by further rush-hour collisions, including three on the A38. There were also two more crashes involving motorbikes, on Outland Road and in Compton. No further serious injuries were reported.

Response Inspector Martin Taylor said: “We had a call three minutes before 7am from someone saying they were giving first aid to a motorcyclist who was badly hurt. “The emergency services attended but unfortunately he died of his injuries at the scene. There were four vehicles at the scene – a motorcycle, two cars and a van. “There is an investigation ongoing as to the dynamics of the collision, who was involved and in what order.”

Motorcyclist dies in crash near Truro

A motorcyclist has been killed following a collision with car near Truro early yesterday evening. This took place on an unclassified road at Cross Lanes, Twelveheads just after 5.15pm. Police said that the motorcyclist died at the scene, as a result of his injuries. The road was closed for almost eight hours, while police carried out an investigation of the scene, not reopening until 1am today. Police are now appealing for any witnesses who may have been in the area at the time or who saw the collision to contact them on phone number 101, quoting reference 597 of 13/11/11.

 

Motorcyclist killed in head-on crash in Cornwall

A 34-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a head-on crash in Cornwall at the weekend. The emergency services were alerted by a member of the public shortly after the crash on the A3058 Grampound Road – the main road between Summercourt and St Stephen in Mid Cornwall. The collision, which happened at around 11.30am on Saturday in the hamlet of Menna, involved a Mitsubishi Trojan four-by-four, a white Ford van and a silver Yamaha motorcycle. The rider, a 34-year-old man from the Helston area who has not yet been named by police, suffered fatal injuries after being thrown from the motorcycle which then burst into flames. Firefighters from St Dennis doused the fire using a hose reel. A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Officers are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed this incident or has any information in relation to the collision.”

Motorcyclist dies crash – Plymouth police appeal

A 41-year-old motorcyclist has died after crashing into a central reservation in Plymouth. Police said, the man, who was riding a Honda motorcycle is believed to be from the local area and died at the scene. The incident happened on the A386 Tavistock Road, above the A38 Manadon roundabout, at about 22:30 BST on Tuesday. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact police.

iBiker app for motorcyclists

A NEW mobile phone application has been launched aimed at helping motorcyclists to ride Devon’s roads safely. To find out more please select the link below.

Press release follows:

Devon roads feature on iBiker app for motorcyclists

A NEW mobile phone application has been launched aimed at helping motorcyclists to ride Devon’s roads safely.

Devon County Council and Devon and Cornwall Police have taken part in the national scheme, funded by the Department for Transport, which has made a unique app available on the iPhone and other smartphones.

Motorcyclists who download the software onto their phone will be able to use it to:

– plan, plot, and save their rides as well as highlighting points of interest, such as pubs, cafes, cash points, petrol stations and meeting points;

– share their information with other bikers via social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, enabling them to comment on routes;

– sign up to BikeSafe and other enhanced rider post-test training.

The new technology uses British EuroRAP intelligence provided by the Road Safety Foundation that highlights “the most risky roads and routes in Britain” to bikers.

The app also includes videos with commentated rides of known collisions hot-spots and provides advice on how to ride safely and responsibly to steer clear of accidents. Britain’s World Superbike rider James Toseland is also supporting the scheme and stars in equipment and maintenance videos as part of the campaign.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “This is a great tool to help bikers enjoy Devon’s roads safely, whether they live in the county or are just visiting. Simply by accessing the app on their phone they’ll be able to make use of local knowledge to get the most out of their ride – whether it’s planning their route or getting more information on how to improve their riding skills.”

Sergeant Greg Jarrett, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “We in Devon have some of the best biking roads in the country. We hope that bikers will use these apps to help plan their routes and enjoy our roads to the full whilst understanding how to stay away from problems along the way.”

The app is managed by social enterprise business Redefine Convention. Gurminder Marwaha, the app’s creator, said: “We were delighted to team up with Devon County Council and Devon and Cornwall Police on this project. The video run-throughs they have provided will provide an invaluable resource to motorcyclists coming to enjoy Devon and Cornwall’s roads, and also help them pick up vital new skills and knowledge. The motorbiking community has played an important role in developing the app, and quite rightly as it has been designed specifically for them. Motorcyclists can be justifiably proud of the iBiker app.”

For more information, and the latest news about the iBiker app visit facebook.com/ibiker or www.ibikerapp.com.