News- A positive impact on motorcycling casualties
A positive impact on motorcycling casualties
20 Jul 2010
West Midlands Casualty Reduction Scheme (WMCRS) has heralded the first On Two Wheels road safety show a success; even though visitor numbers were lower than hoped for.
The event was held at Birmingham City Football Club in Bordesley on Sunday 18th July with the aim of providing easy access to road safety information, advice and 'hands on' training for moped and motorcycle riders from across the West Midlands.
Inspector Mick Hartill from WMCRS said:
"We were expecting foul weather right at the beginning of the show, but although it didn't materialise, the prediction obviously dissuaded some from visiting the event on two wheels. Nearly 1,300 people did attend and, most importantly, a lot of information and advice about voluntary rider training and protective clothing was shared. The Try Before You Buy arena was booked solidly for young and new riders and BikeSafe completed a number of observed ride-outs with more experienced motorcycle riders."
A significant amount of support was secured for the event from road safety partnerships, West Midlands Police, other emergency services, regional motorcycle dealerships, riding instructors and other road safety-related businesses from further afield.
Inspector Hartill continues:
"This is a very positive way to engage with two wheeled commuters and the motorcycling community as a whole; it was as focused and informative as it was enjoyable and sociable. About £500 was also donated to Midlands Air Ambulance by visitors and through a motorcycle clothing auction. Visitor feedback was excellent, the support of the motorcycle industry was very much appreciated and we would like to develop the event and make it happen again next year."
For more information, go to www.ontwowheelsbikeshow.co.uk.