MOTORCYCLISTS in Sedgemoor are being urged to take care on roads as one of the busiest times of the year for bikers arrives.

Figures revealed there have been seven fatal collisions in Somerset this year, compared to nine for the whole of 2011 and 2012.

Investigations into the fatal crashes revealed in 71% (five out of seven) of this year’s cases, the motorcyclists were at fault.

Cllr Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council’s cabinet member for Highways, is an avid biker.

He said: “The feeling of freedom you get from riding a motorcycle is incredible and Somerset has some of the best roads and scenery in the world.

“But I’m appealing to my fellow bikers - and other motorists for that matter - take care out there on the roads. Beware of unexpected dangers and ride within the capability of the bike and your skills.”

Terry Beale, Service Manager at Somerset Road Safety, said: “We are now approaching the main summer period and if the weather settles to a long dry spell, more motorcycles will take to the roads.

“It is vital motorcyclists watch their speeds and concentrate completely on their riding.

“Car drivers also need to be aware of motorcycles and always take a second opportunity to look before pulling out or turning at junctions and roundabouts. Everyone think bike and stay safe.”