Drivers and motorcyclists warned to look out for each other

6 January 2015

Temporary roadside signs warning drivers and riders to look out for each other this winter have been put up around Derbyshire.

The reflective signs have been placed on roads in the following areas with a history of crashes involving drivers and motorcyclists:

• Amber Valley
• Bolsover
• Chesterfield
• Erewash
• North East Derbyshire

Half of the signs warn drivers to ‘Think Bike’ and the other half remind motorcyclists to filter with care when there’s queueing traffic.

Andy Adlington, the partnership’s motorcycle safety officer, said: “In Derbyshire, countryside crashes involving motorcyclists tend to be caused by rider error - but in urban areas the blame tends to be more evenly split between drivers and the riders themselves. That’s why we’re appealing to both groups to look out for each other during the winter months when bad weather can increase the risk of crashes.”
The signs, which will remain in place until March, have been provided by the Shiny Side Up Partnership - a motorcycle safety group for road safety professionals in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.

The road safety partnership offers discounted training for all riders from novices to those with many years of experience. For advice about which course would suit you best, please contact Andy Adlington on 07827 308480 or 01629 538067.