Forum for motorbikers to talk safety on county roads

WITH 265 motorcyclists involved in accidents on roads in Hucknall and the rest of the county last year alone, there is no better time for those people who prefer two wheels to four to get involved in a safety summit.

The Motorcycle Forum, launched by Notts County Council in a bid to reduce the number of casualties, pulls into Hucknall later this month.

The meeting is a chance for motorcyclists from across the county to get together to discuss the issues affecting them on the county’s roads.

Representatives from the council’s highways safety team will be in attendance. Liz Rickards and Phil Gow will be on hand to answer any questions and hear any concerns raised by members on the night.

The forum takes place on Tuesday October 23 at 7.30pm at Hucknall fire station based on Watnall Road.

The group was set up by the county council in 2004 as a public consultation exercise to engage with local riders and has gone from strength to strength, with many groups now attending including the BMF (British Motorcycle Federation), MAF (Motorcycle Action Group) and the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists).

Safety plays a big part in the forum’s work with the intention of cutting the number of accidents on the district’s roads and the number of deaths.

Last year there were 265 motorcyclist casualties on the roads within Nottinghamshire (excluding Nottingham city) in 2011. This was a 20 per cent reduction on the average for the four years between 2006-2009.

From these figures, five riders and one passenger were killed, 100 seriously injured and 159 slightly injured.

The forum meet every three months at different locations across the county to enable access to as many motorcyclists as possible.

If you would like to join the forum or would like more information about its role, contact Liz Rickards from the county council’s highways safety team on 01623 520732.