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Bikers talk road safety over hotdogs and burgers

Bikers from across Staffordshire are being invited to a series of BBQs to help promote safer riding on the county’s roads.

The Biker BBQ events are being rolled out by the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership and will give bikers of all ages the chance to meet the road safety team and partners, with the opportunity to access training and advice on safer riding. People will also get the chance to have a go on a special Slow Riding Skills course with the chance to win prizes.

The next Biker BBQ will be held at Port Vale Football Club in Burslem on 4 July from 6pm to 9pm.

Speaking on behalf of the Safer Roads Partnership and Cabinet Member for Highways at Staffordshire County Council, Helen Fisher said:

“Keeping our roads safe is one of our top priorities and this includes helping our bikers to improve their riding skills.

“Bikers only represent around 1 per cent of all traffic on our roads but unfortunately they make up 28 per cent of those killed or seriously injured.  That’s why it’s important we reach out to them through events like this to make sure they have the skills and know-how to keep themselves and other road users safe.  Young riders are particularly vulnerable, so this is a great opportunity for them to not only meet other bikers over a burger but to get an update on the latest initiatives and training opportunities.”

The partnership are also offering younger bikers aged 15 to 21 the opportunity to receive a £50 voucher off their Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course when they attend a two-hour awareness workshop.  The next workshop will be held at Burton Fire Station on Friday 6 July from 6.30pm to 9pm.

The Biker BBQs are just one of a number of schemes that the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership runs which has seen a steady fall in the number of motorcyclists killed or injured on the county’s roads. This along with ‘Right it Right’, Biker Awareness sessions for car drivers, Biker Breakfasts, BikeSense Rider Development scheme, and the Biker Jack Young Rider campaign are all helping to encourage safer riding and reduce the number of accidents.

For further details on the events search for Staffordshire Bikers BBQs, email bikers@staffordshire.gov.uk, call 07855 336922 or find us on the Staffordshire Bikers Breakfast Facebook page.