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Bikers’ barbecue set to boost safety awareness

Young Staffordshire motorcyclists are being invited to a bikers’ barbecue next week where they can pick up top tips on how to stay safe.

Wednesday’s free event in Burton is being run by the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership and is aimed at bikers aged between 16 and 25. It will feature competitions, information on Compulsory Basic Training (CBT), tips on what protective gear to use, maintenance, riding skills and security advice. Those attending can also meet British Superbike rider Shaun Winfield and double world record holder for circumnavigating the globe Rhys Lawrey.

The partnership team will also be promoting its Biker Jack campaign and mobile app, with a new Biker Jack Face Mat competition. All riders who attend will receive a free burger and drink. The event takes place at LDC Training, 10 Falcon Close, Burton-on-Trent, DE14 1SG on Wednesday August 23 between 6pm and 9pm.

Motorcyclists account for 32 per cent of all of those killed or seriously injured on Staffordshire’s roads even though they only account for half-a-per cent of traffic.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet support member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said:

Wednesday’s Young Biker Barbecue event gives younger motorcyclists the opportunity to find out more about how to stay safe and improve their skills in an informal setting. Younger riders unfortunately make up a disproportionate amount of casualties on roads nationally and our road safety team is making every effort to reduce that number. I’m sure all who attend will get a lot out of the event – having fun, gaining confidence and improving their own safety.”