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More than 10,000 people have attended the annual Bikewise safety event which celebrated its 20th anniversary on 20th July. The event was held at Durham Police Headquarters in Durham City and included a number of demonstrations and speakers, promoting motorcycle safety. One of the featured attendees was John McGuinness, Isle of Man TT legend who has recently returned from his 21st TT victory. Others demonstrators included Paul Swift from Precision Driving and Dave Coates Stunt Show.
There were specialist officers on hand to promote motorcycling road safety and there were road safety sessions being led by 3SIXTY Stunt Bike Team.
The police team were out in force too with the local dog section and the police helicopter offering their safety tips, as well as stunt teams and riders showing off their skills.
A Durham Police spokeswoman said:
“It has been really good. The place has been packed out.
There has been a fantastic family atmosphere and the children have been having a wonderful time.
The biking community have been enjoying it and there is everyone from tiny little babies right up to old age pensioners.”
Motorcyclists make up an extremely high proportion of road deaths each year and the summer months are the most common time for accidents to occur. As bikers get itchy feet through the summer and want to be out on their bikes as much as possible to make up for the time their bike’s been sat in storage over the winter, it’s important to recap on the rules of the road.
If you’re not a regular rider then your skills could be a little rusty in which case a few recap sessions could be beneficial, because if you’re riding as safely as possible then you’re much less likely to be involved in an accident.