Biker safety signs for country roads

County Coun John Fillis
County Coun John Fillis

Biker hotspot roads in the Chorley countryside are to be fitted with new electronic signs in a bid to reduce accidents.

Lancashire County Council and police have worked together to launch the safety campaign.

A total of nine sites in the county are to get the new LED signs.

Two are in Chorley, at:

* The A675 Abbey Village to Belmont.

* Long Lane between Chorley and Rivington Barn.

The county council is installing the signs, which feature eye-catching warnings to support the government’s THINK! road safety campaign.

County councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “These signs are an important part of our plans and we’ve worked closely with the police to make sure we install them where they will have the biggest impact.”

The new signs are being supported by Insp Dave Mangan from Lancashire Constabulary who has launched the Last Ride? Your choice campaign to warn people about the dangers of riding while tired.

Motorbikes account for only one per cent of traffic on Lancashire’s roads, but 15 per cent of all collisions involve motorbikes.

The signs were originally used for other highways schemes, but have been reprogrammed to display the messages for this campaign. Once it has finished, the signs will be reused for other road and transport safety schemes.