With the lifting of the 5 mile rule in Wales on Monday 6th July, motorcyclists are just about ready to start enjoying the freedom that motorcycling gives.
Wales holds a major attraction for bikers due to the uniquely challenging roads and breathtaking scenery. While the vast majority of motorcyclists show an excellent standard of riding, a small minority choose to use the roads as a racetrack, putting themselves and other road users in unnecessary danger and greatly increasing the risk of a collision. Police forces across Wales will continue to target these individuals in the coming months, giving the clear message that poor and anti-social riding behaviour will not be tolerated.
Teresa Ciano, Chair of Road Safety Wales said, “Roads in Wales are among the safest in the world, however, partners in Road Safety Wales continue to strive for improvements, and reducing the number of motorcyclist casualties remains a priority.
“This could be the first time in a few months that many motorcycles have been out of the garage. Before every ride, preparation is key. Take a close look at your kit and bike to ensure everything is in full working order, paying particular attention to the condition of your tyres, brakes and lighting – it could save your life.
“Just as important is to ensure that you are well prepared; please don't ever attempt to ride angry, tired or impaired by drink or drugs.
“For those who haven’t been using the bike for essential travel, your riding is likely to be rusty. You’ll need to gently acclimatise to the road environment, so take it easy and stay local for your first few rides until your skills are refreshed and you’re ready for longer journeys.
“Drivers have a responsibility to look out for motorcyclists, especially when pulling out of junctions, changing lanes or opening their doors - a motorcyclist may be in the space a driver intends to move into and may not be as visible as larger vehicles. Blindspot checks are so important!
“Wales has a reputation for being a fabulous place to ride, with thousands of people taking to the roads every year. Safe and responsible drivers and riders are very welcome - but more than anything we want everyone to get home safely.”