New pothole warning

A leading road safety charity has urged motorcyclists to be alert to potholes and poorly-maintained road surfaces after it found that more roads than ever are in poor condition, posing a serious risk to riders. GEM Motoring Assist said the problems were most acute on rural roads where two-thirds of motorcycle fatalities occur. An exceptionally...

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Clearing the way for emergency vehicles

Clearing the way for emergency vehicles Would you know what to do if you looked in your rear view mirrors and spotted a ‘blue light’ emergency vehicle following you with its sirens and lights on? The sight and sound of ‘blues and twos’, as emergency vehicles’ driver warning kit is known, can make riders panic...

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#OneExtraLook

Surrey Police is asking other road users to look out for motorcyclists after it launched a new campaign encouraging them to take #OneExtraLook for us. Its launch coincided with a national two-wheel safety campaign co-ordinated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC). It features an emotive video of a young person asking car and van...

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Skills on the menu for gig economy riders

Skills on the menu for gig economy riders UK fire & rescue services put the focus on gig-economy and leisure riders for this year’s 2024 National Motorcycle Safety Week, which ran from June 3-9. The week, which was organised by the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), was looking to reduce motorcycle casualty numbers. Motorcycles make...

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Riding and drug use

We want to send a clear message to the young rider community: never ride after taking recreational drugs. The appeal comes after a new survey by IAM RoadSmart found that a fifth of young people believed it was okay to drive or ride after taking Class A drugs. Equally worrying, almost a third of respondents (30%)...

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Key checks to help keep you riding

Most motorbike breakdowns could be prevented if owners performed just a handful of basic checks before they set off on their ride. That’s the claim made by breakdown provider Start Rescue, after its data showed that half of all motorcycle breakdowns are due to the engines not starting or cutting out. Non-start issues, such as...

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Bike training in the future

Bike training in the future could be a much more hi-tech affair if trials of an innovative riding simulator prove successful. Devon & Cornwall Police has taken delivery of a new state-of-the-art motorcycle simulator, funded by the DfT and Vision Zero South West, which uses a real motorbike – a Honda CB500X – and custom software to...

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‘Ready to Ride?’

The National Young Rider Forum has launched a new social media campaign to support young riders this Spring. The campaign includes its ‘Ready to Ride?’ educational film, which details the steps that a young person needs to take if they are considering becoming a motorcyclist. Funded by The Road Safety Trust and Kent County Council,...

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Sportswear giant ticked off over bikers’ footwear

A major sportswear retailer has been heavily criticised after it ran an advert that showed motorcyclists badly dressed for riding. The ad for JD Sports featured professional stunt riders pulling tricks, and had them cruising the streets in trainers and jeans, despite such gear being inappropriate for motorcyclists. Concerns were raised as to how these...

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Drive Fast Die Young

A sobering and thought-provoking new documentary has been produced by the BBC, on the tragedy of young lives lost on the UK’s roads. Called Drive Fast Die Young it highlights the problems of young car drivers, but every one of its lessons and warnings can be attributed to young bike riders too. It covers the...

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