Police motorcyclists prepare for Bike Safe show
Essex Police motorcyclists will again be taking part in an
annual safety show to drive home their campaign to reduce biker
casualties on the county's roads.
The fifth Essex Bike Safe Show will be held at Millfields,
Burnham-on-Crouch on Sunday April 25.
The show, organised by Essex Casualty Reduction Board, Essex Air
Ambulance, Maldon Community Safety Partnership and Essex Police,
will include stands featuring the latest motorcycles and biker
clothing and equipment.
The Essex Police helicopter will be at the show, the Essex Air
Ambulance will fly in, medical emergencies permitting, the Essex
Police marine Unit will be there and offer a chance of a trip out
on one of their high speed boats and there will be numerous family
entertainments from bouncy castles to quad bikes. The whole event
is in support of the Essex Air Ambulance.
But there is also a strong emphasis on road safety with bikers
getting the chance to ride out with qualified instructors and
police motorcyclists and an opportunity to sign up for further
Acting Insp Mick Green, of Essex's Road Policing Unit said: "The
Bike Safe Show marks the start of the Bike Safe season and is an
opportunity for riders to try a variety of new motorbikes and have
their riding assessed at the same time.
The Bike Safe
show is an opportunity for riders to try a variety of new
motorbikes and have their riding asssessed at the same
Insp Mick Green
"The Bike Safe campaign runs through the summer when a large
number of motorcyclists take to the roads of Essex.. The campaign
was set up following an increase in fatal and serious injury
incidents involving riders.
"Last year we put 170 riders through a Bike Safe day and we
continue to push Bike Safe to give riders some assessment and push
them on to further training, we are holding our first workshop this
Saturday April 17, and on Saturdays throughout the summer."
Essex Police motorcyclists also run college days for younger riders
and young rider pit stops where officers check the bikes and ensure
they know what to check safety wise, talk to them about safety kit
and try to ensure that they are as safe as possible
Police motorcyclists will also be carrying out casualty reduction
work around the county and patrolling routes where there are high
casualty rates. They will also be dealing with speeding complaints
and motorcycle issues in villages on popular motorcycle
The team is also working closely with Essex County Council
engineers to install signs and special bollards to reduce casualty
figures on roads with sharp bends.
Insp Green added: "The police motorcyclists are passionate about
reducing casualties on our roads. We want motorcyclists to come to
the county and enjoy our roads but we insist that they do that
legally and with consideration for others."
Photo: Jon Harman, Essex Police; Lee Hurst, Essex
Fire & Rescue; Mick Green, Essex Police; Sue Cannon, Cannon
BMW; Wendy Byland, Events Manager at Essex Air Ambulance and Ray
Jeffery, Essex Police.