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Bikers share their Tales of the Road

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is launching an online survey to help understand the experiences of bikers on our roads.

The survey aims to capture some of the stories from the perspective of the biker.  It asks how long people have been riding bikes, whether they have had a near miss or a road traffic collision and what advice would bikers give other road users.

Garry Alexander from the Service’s Intervention and Incident Reduction Team said: Fire-Bike-1

We know that we have a significant number of people on our roads who get on their bikes for work and pleasure. Far too often they are involved in road traffic collisions – sadly with serious consequences for the riders.

We want to get a better understanding of what it is like for them on the roads. We hope this will raise awareness among all road users – after all we all share the road and want to get home safely.

The short survey can be found at: www.surveymonkey.com.




THINK! Advice for motorcyclists

Riding defensively makes you less vulnerable.  Make sure you:

  • anticipate the actions of others
  • are alert and observant
  • can slow down and stop if the unexpected happens
  • position yourself in the safest and best place to maximise your visibility of potential hazards
  • take a ‘lifesaver’ glance over your shoulder before carrying out manoeuvres, so you know where others are and what they’re doing

Wear the right gear: Fall off your bike and tarmac will shred through your jeans in seconds.  Wearing the right gear is just as important to your safety as servicing your motorcycle and knowing how to ride it.  Wear bright or florescent gear during the day and reflective gear at night.  Bikers must wear a protective jacket, gloves, boots and trousers

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