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Motorbike riders urged not to put safety at risk

Motorbike riders are being urged to make sure they're not putting their own safety, and the safety of other road users, at risk.

The reminder comes as West Mercia Police seeks to reinforces its commitment to making roads across Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Worcestershire even safer and coincides with the launch of the 2019 'THINK BIKE' campaign.

Bikers can often be at greater risk and while THINK BIKE aims to increase awareness of the hazards faced by motorbike riders, police also want to make sure bikers are not unnecessarily putting their own lives at risk by riding irresponsibly.

It follows cases where motorbike riders have been riding at excessive speeds or overtaking on double lines.

West Mercia Police Local Policing Assistant Chief Constable, Martin Evans, said: "We know there are some great routes for motorbike riders through our counties and that during the warmer months riders want to make the most of these.

"We have seen cases where the driving behaviour of bikers has caused concern and the rider has unnecessarily put themselves and other road users at risk.

"Bikers can often be at greater risk of being involved in a collision and we want to make sure everything is being done to reduce this.

"All road users have a responsibility in making our roads safer, we know motorbike riders are more vulnerable and would ask that riders make sure they do their bit by not taking unnecessary risks."

Police will be carrying out proactive operations on key routes utilising all sorts of different tactics throughout the summer months to target irresponsible and reckless road users.

More advice on how motorbike riders can stay safe on the roads can be found by visiting the West Mercia Police website:

ISSUED: 3pm 120419 EH

Published 12/04/19