Somerset bikers urged to stay safe

This is The West Country: Somerset bikers urged to stay safe Somerset bikers urged to stay safe

BIKERS are being urged to take care on South Somerset’s roads at one of the busiest times of the year.

After a month of good weather, fatalities involving motorcycles in Somerset have increased compared to previous years with seven collisions across the county so far in 2014.

The figure is the same as last year when the county experienced similar good weather, but much higher than previous years when nine fatal collisions occurred in the whole of 2011 and 2012.

Terry Beale, service manager at Somerset Road Safety, said: “The main cause of accidents is loss of control on bends as a result of travelling too fast.

“We’re approaching the main summer period, and if the weather settles to a long dry spell more motorcyclists will take to the roads.”

Most fatalities this year have been in the 35-60 age group, involving powerful bikes of 500cc or more.

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6:03pm Thu 17 Jul 14

QuillPen says...

Can anyone explain why bikers tend to wear black from head to foot and so rarely high visibility jackets with reflective strips which can be seen from all angles?

Black, especially on shady roads and at night, are not easy to see.
Yes, they have their headlights on but they aren't visible from the side.

Nor is a black-clad person visible should they be unfortunate enough to come off their bikes and fall in the roa. A high vis and reflective tabard would show up far better and perhaps avoid further injury.

To me it seems such a simple thing to do yet it's rarely seen.
Am I missing something?
Can anyone explain why bikers tend to wear black from head to foot and so rarely high visibility jackets with reflective strips which can be seen from all angles? Black, especially on shady roads and at night, are not easy to see. Yes, they have their headlights on but they aren't visible from the side. Nor is a black-clad person visible should they be unfortunate enough to come off their bikes and fall in the roa. A high vis and reflective tabard would show up far better and perhaps avoid further injury. To me it seems such a simple thing to do yet it's rarely seen. Am I missing something? QuillPen
  • Score: -9

9:36pm Thu 17 Jul 14

QuillPen says...

How about an answer instead of thumbs down?
How about an answer instead of thumbs down? QuillPen
  • Score: -6

4:41pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Loopylou1978 says...

How about drivers turn down their stereo, allow an extra ten minutes on their journey and use those minutes to slow down and actually pay attention to what is going on around them!
Quillpen, all to often car drivers "look but do not see" if we put more thought in to looking further than the end of our noses and checking our mirrors more regularly we'd have a better and safer standard of driving in this country.
I'm am not a biker but would call myself a professional driver and the standard of driving that I see on the roads leaves a lot to be desired!
How about drivers turn down their stereo, allow an extra ten minutes on their journey and use those minutes to slow down and actually pay attention to what is going on around them! Quillpen, all to often car drivers "look but do not see" if we put more thought in to looking further than the end of our noses and checking our mirrors more regularly we'd have a better and safer standard of driving in this country. I'm am not a biker but would call myself a professional driver and the standard of driving that I see on the roads leaves a lot to be desired! Loopylou1978
  • Score: 8

6:01pm Fri 18 Jul 14

QuillPen says...

Yes, drivers have to be aware, of course, (and I've been a driver for 50 years ) and there are a lot of bad drivers around but surely bikers have a responsibility as well to make sure they are as visible as possible?

Same as cyclists and horse riders have a responsibility to make themselves visible.

Just because there are some bad drivers doesn't absolve bikers and other from any responsibility.
Yes, drivers have to be aware, of course, (and I've been a driver for 50 years ) and there are a lot of bad drivers around but surely bikers have a responsibility as well to make sure they are as visible as possible? Same as cyclists and horse riders have a responsibility to make themselves visible. Just because there are some bad drivers doesn't absolve bikers and other from any responsibility. QuillPen
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10:33pm Fri 18 Jul 14

QuillPen says...

Someone disagrees that bikers etc have no responsibility for their own safety?
Why do you think that?
Someone disagrees that bikers etc have no responsibility for their own safety? Why do you think that? QuillPen
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