Police action to keep bikers and cyclists safer

Police are carrying out special operations in a bid to make Leicestershire roads safer for motorbike riders and cyclists.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 11:07 am
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Officers are enforcing road traffic regulations and attempting to improve driver and rider behaviour, as well as helping address concerns of cyclists about vehicles passing them too close.

Latest figures show 29 people have died and 236 have been seriously injured in collisions involving a motorcycle on Leicestershire and Rutland roads between 2016 and 2019.

A further four people died and 143 were seriously injured in incidents involving a bicycle in that time period.

Jonathan Clarkson, of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership (LLRRSP), said: “Supporting this national campaign with local activities and increased enforcement is an important way of raising road safety issues amongst cyclists, motorcyclists and other road users.

“Unfortunately cyclists and motorcyclists are over-represented within our road collision statistics and we want to ensure we are doing all we can with both education and enforcement to keep these two groups safer.”

Among the key routes being targeted by police are the A607 Rearsby bypass, A6006 Six Hills to Asfordby bypass, B676 Broughton to Old Dalby and the B6047 (North) from Melton Mowbray to the A47.