Motorcyclist dies in Dales hours after biker safety event

Chris Power 1

Motorbike accidentA 59 year old man has died in the Yorkshire Dales after colliding with a car on the B6255, close to Hawes.

The motorcyclist, from Penrith in Cumbria, was travelling towards Ingleton, North Yorkshire, with three other bikers on 14th September when he collided with a grey Toyota RAV 4 that was travelling in the opposite direction.

The road was closed for several hours after the incident and police are still appealing for anyone who saw the bikers, the car or the incident to come forward with information.

The incident happened just hours after a group of safety campaigners from the 95 Alive Road Safety Partnership were across the county, in Scarborough, delivering a talk to other motorcyclists about the importance of road safety.

Guest speaker at the meeting was former motorcycle racer and chairman of North Yorkshire County Council, Councillor Tim Swales, who said:

“I understand the pleasures of riding a motorbike. But everyone must ride within their limits. If they don’t know what they are, they could do what I did, ride on a track and find the limits of my ability in a safe environment.

I talked to many bikers at Oliver’s Mount races and it is clear that some riders are still not taking ownership for their own safety. I would ask all bikers to consider taking part in some sort of advanced training.”

On North Yorkshire’s roads in 2013 16 motorcyclists were killed in accidents and a further 115 suffered serious injuries. Statistics show that those most likely to be involved in motorcycle accidents are middle aged men, between the ages of 40 and 59, riding sports bikes over 500cc.

There are safety campaigns all over the UK trying to raise road safety awareness in order to reduce the number of incidents involving motorcyclists on the road, because despite only making up 1% of road traffic, they account for 19% of road user deaths – a statistic that needs to be curbed.

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