Police are encouraging drivers to be on the lookout for motorcyclists as seasonal bikers start returning to the roads.
Motorcyclists account for around 1% of UK road users but are one of the most vulnerable. They are 38 times more likely than car occupants to be killed per mile they ride.
Last year saw 2* motorcyclists killed and 51 seriously injured on roads in Bedfordshire.
Drivers are reminded of the importance of watching out for bikers and to always look carefully when pulling out of junctions, manoeuvring and changing lanes.
Traffic officers will be out on the county's roads giving advice to motorcyclists about staying safe on the roads, offering information about choosing the right helmet, wearing the right gear, riding defensively and offering further training to improve performance and safety. They will also be looking out for motorcyclists who are a danger to themselves and others through their dangerous riding and whose bikes are not roadworthy.
Traffic Sergeant Ian Manley from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit said: "Over the coming weeks, as the weather improves, we expect to see an influx of bikers returning to the roads.
“We are asking all bikers to take their time, plan their rides, and think safety. We don’t want anybody getting caught out, other road users haven’t seen them for a while.
"There are many traffic officers who are keen motorcyclists, myself included, and we want people to enjoy the freedom and excitement that motorcycling brings, but in a safe and responsible way. I urge bikers to sign up to our BikeSafe courses to advance their riding skills."
For further information and safety advice go to the Motorcyclists: THINK! website http://THINK!.direct.gov.uk/motorcycles.html or http://twistandride.net.
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Sunday 24 April 2016 at Kempston Fire HQ
Sunday 3 July 2016 at Kempston Fire HQ
Sunday 25 September 2016 at Luton Fire station
Sunday 16 October 2016 at Kempston Fire HQ
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