Biker backs safety campaign

Chorley resident Steven Pickering who's been having problems on the road with motorists.

Chorley resident Steven Pickering who's been having problems on the road with motorists.

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A biker from Chorley who has been involved in three accidents in the past 10 months is backing a new road safety campaign.

Steven Pickering, 27, is getting behind BikeWatch, an initiative organised by Lancashire Police, Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety and RideSafe BackSafe.

Previously, Mr Pickering has said that, even though there are many campaigns for rural areas such as Rivington and Beaumont, there are no signs on suburban roads in the Chorley and Leyland areas.

Following accidents in Standish, Chorley centre and Astley Village, where he was left with a fractured wrist, Mr Pickering now believes that more awareness needs to be raised.

He said: “I think it is about time something is done.

“I will be backing the campaign, but I will be chatting to the police and council about it.

“I don’t see why bikers are always pushed to one side all the time, and it makes me sick.”

Chief Inspector Damian Kitchen, from Lancashire Constabulary’s Roads Policing Unit, said: “Motorcyclists account for just one per cent of traffic, but 21 per cent of fatalities. They are vulnerable road users who often come off worse in collisions.

“Last year alone, nine motorcyclists were killed in Lancashire and 526 injured – 180 of them seriously. Operation BikeWatch will focus firmly on safety.”

For more information, go to think.gov.uk or ridesafebacksafe.org.