Motorcyclists account for around 1.7 percent of road users but are one of the most vulnerable.
Inspector Mark Rogers of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit, said: “Motorcyclists are 38 times more likely than car occupants to be killed per mile they ride. I would urge motorcyclists to be extra vigilant when heading out this summer and to ensure that they ride defensively and remain alert when manoeuvring.
“I would also highlight to drivers the importance of watching out for bikers and to always look carefully when pulling out of junctions, manoeuvring and changing lanes.
“Throughout August we will be highlighting the importance of motorcycle safety and targeting those riders and drivers whose poor driving puts them and others at risk.”
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Bikers are being encouraged to make the most out of further training and assessments available to assist them in their defensive riding skills and to help improve their performance.
Bedfordshire motorcyclists can benefit from signing up to the BikeSafe scheme which is a national police-led motorcycle project run by most police forces across the country.
For further information go to http://www.bikesafe.co.uk to register interest.
For further information and safety advice go to the motorcyclists THINK! website http://THINK!.direct.gov.uk/motorcycles.html or http://twistandride.net