Signs are good for bikers in Northumberland

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A high-profile motorcycle safety scheme is being rolled out across the county by the Safer Northumberland Partnership.

For the past five years, Northumberland County Council, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and Northumbria Police have led an initiative aimed at cutting motorbike related accidents on the county’s roads.

Around 200 of the bright yellow Shinysideup signs, warning bikers about the dangers of speeding and cornering, have been put up on rural roads throughout the county in key locations where police have received reports of dangerous driving.

The eye-catching yellow boards, designed to make bikers and drivers think twice about speeding, have been put up in accident hot-spots across Northumberland ahead of the Easter bank holiday.

They will appear on rural and arterial routes principally leading through Alnwick, Berwick, Morpeth and the west of the county.

Last year, one motorcyclist was killed on Northumberland’s roads, while 29 more were seriously injured and 45 were slightly hurt. This is seven fewer casualties than in 2013.

The road safety signs will be displayed from now until October, the peak time for motorcycle traffic on Northumberland’s rural roads. The campaign is underpinned by enforcement; motor patrol officers and local neighbourhood officers from Northumbria Police will be patrolling the county’s roads taking positive action with anyone caught speeding or riding dangerously.

Riders are also being encouraged to log onto www.riderespect.co.uk – a motorcycle rider development scheme run by the council as part of a programme of initiatives to cut motorcycle casualties in Northumberland.

More details on the Shinysideup campaign are available online at www.shinysideup.co.uk