Think Bike this Ride to Work Week

15 Jun 2018

Somerset Road Safety is urging road users to take longer to look for bikes during Ride to Work Week.

The Council’s road safety team and the police will be engaging with motorcyclists in Cheddar on Sunday 24th June to offer advice, discuss further training opportunities, and for a cup of tea and a chat as part of Ride to Work Week.

Ride to Work Week (18th to 24th June) is an annual event aimed at promoting the benefits of riding a motorcycle or moped to work instead of using the car. Some of those benefits include:

  • A stress free commute:  surveys show that in general motorcyclists report a higher level of happiness about their commute than other road user types.
  • Spending less time stuck in traffic:  on average drivers in the UK spend 32 hours a year stuck in traffic, whereas riders don’t!
  • Easier to park: due to their small size it’s easier to find a parking spot.

The benefits of riding to work are advantageous to all road users, not just bikers.  It’s been estimated that if just 10% of drivers switched to a motorcycle or bicycle then congestion would be reduced by a massive 40%, and parking spaces would increase by 20% as 3 motorcycles/scooters can fit in to the same size parking space as 1 car.

Drivers should remember to look out for more vulnerable road users, like bikers, our top tips for keeping bikers safe are as follows:

  • Always check mirrors/blind spots on your vehicle before manoeuvring.
  • Remember bikers will filter between vehicles, a perfectly legal manoeuvre, so check carefully if you’re stuck in slow moving traffic.
  • Take a second glance before pulling out at a junction.
  • Think bike!

For more information on ride to work week visit:  www.ridetoworkweek.co.uk

 

 

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