Devon County Council is urging safer motorcycling and cycling on Devon’s roads, particularly as the warmer weather approaches.
There are a number of benefits for encouraging two-wheelers onto the roads such as reducing congestion, cheaper running costs than the car, promoting tourism and in the case of cycling, a healthier lifestyle.
However, both cyclists and bikers are vulnerable road users and four wheel users are urged to take extra care, such as checking mirrors regularly as numbers on the roads increase in better weather. Despite only making up around 1% of all road users in Devon, motorcyclists will normally account for a quarter of all road users killed on the county’s roads.
The onset of spring, with its lighter and longer days, sees more people taking to the bicycle for trips around Devon. One in four car journeys are two miles or less, making the bicycle a logical choice, particularly in the nicer weather.
Devon County Council is keen to support and promote the uptake of cycling to help cut carbon and keep people healthy. Efforts to encourage cycling in Exeter in the past 5 years have resulted in a 40% increase in the levels of cycling and the aim is to repeat this success throughout the county, therefore drivers are reminded to expect cyclists on the road and give them due care and attention.
Motorcyclists are encouraged to ensure they complete a maintenance check for their machines before they go out for the first ride of the year. This includes factors such as oil and fluid levels, check and lubricate the bike’s chain, ensure that tyres are inflated properly and have the legal tread and check the battery. Riders are also encouraged to try out a Max Rider development course to improve their performance.
Further details can be found at www.maxrider.co.uk