With the long bank holiday weekend approaching, North Yorkshire Police is urging bikers using the county’s roads to ride safely and responsibly.
Hundreds of motorcyclists are expected to visit North Yorkshire over the extended bank holiday, to take advantage of the scenic routes on offer and while they are welcome it is important that the laws of the road are respected.
In the past six years, 79 bikers have been killed in North Yorkshire and the City of York with a further 622 seriously injured, and officers are keen to avoid any further tragedies.
Police will be patrolling the main motorcycle routes throughout the county over the weekend to enforce speed limits but also to engage with bikers and educate them about the dangers of irresponsible riding.
Inspector Vicky Taylor, of North Yorkshire Police, said:
Motorcyclists are more than welcome to come to North Yorkshire as long as they stay within the law and ride responsibly.
Over the years far too many bikers have lost their lives on our roads and it is vitally important that we try and prevent any further unnecessary deaths.
Speed limits are there for a very good reason and I urge all road users – not just bikers – to stick to the rules of the road and help prevent any further tragedies.
Too many bikers don’t make it home. Make sure that you aren’t one of them.
There is a new bikers’ guide to North Yorkshire page on the force’s website giving information about some of the popular motorcycle routes through the county and tips on bike maintenance, riding technique and travelling in groups.
The page can be accessed at www.northyorkshire.police.uk/bikers