People who ride mopeds, scooters and motorbikes are at a greater risk of becoming a casualty than most other road users.
There’s a load of talk about why this is, and who is to blame (drivers or riders themselves) – but the indisputable fact is that if a rider has a collision with another vehicle he or she will almost certainly come off worst.
In a bid to try and address this issue, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership (CPRSP) has developed this campaign.
The aim of the TWIST campaign is to persuade riders to take additional training and enhance their riding skills. This can also help a rider anticipate what other road users are likely to do (or not do) when they meet on the roads.
You’ve probably seen the stat and know that riders have the highest fatality rate of any road user group. The Department for Transport (DfT) states that motorcyclists make up just 1% of total road traffic, but account for 22% of all road user deaths.*
Put another way, a rider is 50 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured (KSI) in a road crash than a car driver. And around 108 riders every week become KSI casualties – that’s 5,609 riders in 2011.
For each incident there are loads of near misses and each of these is a good reason for you to enhance your skills.
* Source: Reported Road Casualties Great Britain: 2011, Department for Transport