Worthing motorcycle safety event success

Shoreham-based Firefighter Dave King and PCSO Ed Mitchell at the Worthing motorcycle safety awareness event. June 2012.
Shoreham-based Firefighter Dave King and PCSO Ed Mitchell at the Worthing motorcycle safety awareness event. June 2012.

A WORTHING event aimed at promoting safer riding for motorcyclists attracted more than 100 visitors.

It was held outside Tesco in New Road, Durrington, on Saturday, June 16, to promote rider safety but also to raise awareness amongst car drivers about motorcyclists on the roads.

Officers from the Sussex Roads Policing Unit were joined by West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Worthing’s Neighbourhood Policing Team, West Sussex County Council’s Road Safety Team, the West Sussex advance motorcycle team (WSAM), and representatives from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

As well as the many interested visitors, six people signed up for Bike Safe courses, available via www.bikesafe.co.uk, and the IAM were approached for three definite and three possible applications for membership.

PCSO Ed Mitchell, neighbourhood policing road safety officer and event organiser, said; “Nationally, bikers account for 1 per cent of road traffic but 21 per cent of fatalities.

“Research suggests the riskiest time for bikers and their pillion passengers is the weekend when fatalities are considerably higher than during the week. Anything that can be done to raise the awareness of all road users about the potential risks that can result is worthwhile, and we were very encouraged by the interest shown during the day.”