Bikers in 100 road crashes in Flintshire in three years

Published date: 24 April 2014 |
Published by: Robert Doman 
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MORE than 100 road crashes in the county in the last three years have involved motorbikes, new figures reveal.

Data released by North Wales Police show 113 recorded accidents in 2011, 2012 and 2013 involving motorcyclists.

Six riders and two passengers died as a result of the crashes.

Unclassified roads proved the most dangerous for bikers, with 23 separate accidents recorded between 2011 and 2013.

The A548 Coast Road – which runs from the Flintshire Bridge past Flint, Bagillt, Greenfield and Mostyn – has the highest accident tally of any named road, with 13 in the three-year period.

There were 11 crashes on the A550 – which runs from Queensferry through Hawarden, Dobshill and Penyffordd – and 10 on the B5129 – or Deeside Corridor.
Nationally, bikers only account for 1 per cent of traffic – but they account for 18 per cent of road deaths.

The figures for Flintshire follow the launch of two major North Wales motorbike safety initiatives.

Operation Darwen was launched at the Horseshoe Pass between Llangollen and Ruthin and asked bikers to slow down over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

In a second scheme, a joint task force of organisations from across North Wales, including police, fire, ambulance services and BikeSafe day collaborated to address a road safety issue affecting the A494, which runs from Mollington in Cheshire, past Queensferry, Ewloe and Mold to Dolgellau in Gwynedd.

While the section between Corwen and Bala was the focus of the campaign, organisations hoped that by raising the issue they can highlight the safety risks to motorcyclists on the road as a whole.

Superintendent Rob Kirman, who is in charge of North Wales Police Roads Policing Unit said: “We identified the need to raise awareness of motorcycle safety many years ago to help reduce road traffic casualties among motorcyclists.

“It is not about alienating the motorcycling community – it is about education and enforcement for those that commit offences.

“We are committed to keeping people safe on the roads of North Wales.

“We want them to enjoy the roads but most of all we want them to ride safely and responsibly.

“Responsible riders are welcome to visit the area and take in the stunning scenery and landscape, but they should be aware that they face risk of death or serious injury by underestimating the risk posed by fatigue brought on by a combination of riding long distances and concentrating on navigating challenging and unfamiliar routes.”

The A494 in Flintshire runs through Queensferry, Ewloe and Mold before going on to Ruthin.

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