Beware – Police target bikers in Devon and Cornwall speed crackdown

In an effort to reduce the rise in motorcycle casualties across Devon and Cornwall there will be an increased presence of safety cameras, particularly at weekends and evenings during the summer period when bikers are more at risk of collisions.
The number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured across the two counties has risen dramatically this year and this is a growing concern for all sectors of the community. Motorcyclists make up just 1% of road traffic but, in 2011, represented 30% of road fatalities in our region. Every one of these deaths results in terrible personal grief and trauma that lasts for years for the families and loved ones left behind.
The roads are notoriously busy at this time of the year and speed is a major contributory factor in the majority of road traffic collisions throughout the region. There are additional risks for motorcyclists, however, who are less protected and whose vehicles have less contact with the road surface than cars, particularly when overtaking or negotiating bends.
While many collisions are caused by other drivers failing to see the motorbike, fatalities and serious injuries are often down to riders losing control. Riding within the legal speed limits should greatly reduce the number and severity of these crashes.
The highly visible mobile enforcement units will be deployed to both existing and new sites, particularly on known biker routes.
Inspector Richard Pryce, Head of Roads Policing said,
“It is vital that motorcyclists understand their vulnerability on the roads. Whilst it’s right to enjoy riding, there is a need to ride sensibly and legally. We have some of the most beautiful routes to ride in the South West, but travelling at speed or riding in an aggressive manner will potentially lead to a collision and injury.
We must reduce the number of injury collisions involving motorcyclists on our roads. In an effort to do this we are mounting educational and enforcement campaigns in support of the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership and publicising we are doing so. Riders must take responsibility for their actions on the road, in the same way as all other road users. Safe and sensible riders are welcome, but those who choose to ride outside the law will be dealt with robustly when detected, whether that be through an educational course or prosecution.”

Plymouth woman charged over death of biker on A38

A WOMAN has been charged in connection with a traffic incident which resulted in the death of Plymouth father-of-three Paul Henderson. Devon and Cornwall Police yesterday announced that a 57-year-old Plymouth woman has been charged with ‘causing death by careless / inconsiderate driving’ following the fatal road traffic collision on January 30 this year. The woman has been bailed to attend Plymouth Magistrates’ Court on June 6. Mr Henderson, a Plymouth motorcyclist, died after a collision involving his blue Triumph Tiger motorcycle and three other vehicles. The incident happened on the St Budeaux slip-road on the A38 Parkway. Following his death his devastated family members and friends described him as a “gentle giant”. The 45-year-old left behind his wife, Jackie, his sons Robert and Andrew, his daughter, Sarah, his parents, Carol and Gordon, as well as his brother and sister, David and Julie. He also left his two grandchildren, Harvey and Azura and his future grandchild who is due in the summer. In a heart-felt tribute the family said: “Paul was nothing but a saint, a gentle giant who was not just a husband, father, son, brother or grandson, but the whole foundation of his family. “Words cannot describe how much he is going to be missed by everyone.”

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.

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.

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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.

BIKER survival guide

A BIKER survival guide has been launched by Devon County Council to help motorcyclists improve their safety while enjoying the county’s roads.

We are all for any guides or information that may save bikers from injury or worse.

Follow the link BIKER survival guide

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Survival guide for motorcyclists

16/08/2011

A BIKER survival guide has been launched by Devon County Council to help motorcyclists improve their safety while enjoying the county’s roads.

The Biker Survival Guide has been launched online at www.devon.gov.uk/bikers and provides 10 practical tips on avoiding common crash scenarios in the county and staying safe on two wheels.

Advice includes everything from knowing whether the route has a high rate of bike crashes, to tips on better cornering and overtaking techniques, as well as maintaining riding skills through training and by riding all year round.

The details of the Biker Survival Guide will be distributed by “Fire Riders” from Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue, who attend motorcycle events across the county using two sports bikes as an engagement tool to speak to riders.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “We recognise the benefits of motorcycles on Devon’s roads, both for commuting to tackle congestion and recreational riding which benefits the local economy when riders stop at cafes, local hotels, and B&Bs. But every year we see biker deaths on our roads and we need to continue our efforts to reduce these incidents. By taking a few moments to look at these simple measures riders will have a better insight on staying upright and getting home safely.”

In 2010, motorcycle riders accounted for seven of the 28 fatalities road deaths in Devon. Historically, motorcyclists have proven particularly vulnerable in these conditions and although riders only make up around 1% of overall traffic, they make up around 25% of those killed on Devon’s roads.