Motorists urged to be bike aware

With good weather predicted across Northamptonshire over the coming weeks, motorists have been urged to be aware that more motorbikers are likely to be on the county’s roads.

Inspector Jen Helm has urged both car drivers and bikers to be extra vigilant during the nice weather.

She said: “Bikers, especially those who do not ride all year, please focus on safe riding and keeping concentration high, and drivers please be more alert to the number of bikes on the road and ensure motorcycle awareness is part of your everyday driving behaviour.

“We need both drivers and bikers to be aware, because even if a rider or a driver survives a collision, it can be a life changing experience.”

Five motorcyclists died on the county’s roads in 2013 compared to three in 2012. The number of bikers seriously injured also rose from 60 in 2012 to 70 in 2013.