THE most dangerous roads in North Wales for motorcyclists have been revealed, according to latest data.

Using crash statistics, the Leader can report that during both 2016 and 2017, there have been 12 motorcyclist fatalities on the roads of North Wales, with two of these recorded in Flintshire and Wrexham.

In Flintshire, a total of 31 incidents were recorded in that period with one proving fatal.

The figures show that nationwide it is young men that were most at risk of being involved in a motorbike accident, with one in ten crash victims’ being male, and 37 per cent of those victims aged 25 and under.

In Wrexham, the data shows there was also one recorded fatality out of the 31 incidents.

Lee Hughes, 37, died at the Stoke University Hospital on September 16, 2016, the day after a collision with a stationary car in Newbridge Road.

Inspector Dave Cust, from the Roads Policing Unit of North Wales Police, said: “Reducing casualties on our roads remains one of our top priorities. We want everyone to be able to visit and travel around our beautiful region in as safe an environment as possible.

“We work closely with our local authority and emergency service partners, however, we all have a responsibility to stay safe on the roads so we need people to modify their driving behaviour to protect their own safety and that of others.”

In total, the statistics shows that there were 62 incidents recorded over the two counties – with 31 noted for each area.

In Flintshire, the worst road identified by the investigation is the B5129, which runs through Shotton, Saltney and Sandycroft. There was a total of four incidents recorded – with three in 2016 alone.

The severity of these incidents is split with two classed as severe and two as slight.

For Wrexham, the route with the most incidents in the two-year period was the A541, that runs from Flintshire into Caergwrle and Cefn-y-bedd.

In Wrexham, three incidents occurred on the busy A-road and that the severity of these incidents were classed as one severe and two as slight.

The overall data shows that almost three quarters (71 per cent) of accidents occurred nationally on A-roads, making them the most hazardous type of road for motorbike riders.

Inspector Cust added: “Road safety is the responsibility of us all, whether as a driver, motorcyclist, cyclist or pedestrian and I would like to take this opportunity to ask everybody to take extra care when out and about on the roads, to think about their behaviour and what changes they could make to improve their own safety and that of other road users.

“Don’t take unnecessary risks or think a collision will never happen to you – it happens to people in all areas of the community.”

North Wales Police also offer motorcyclists free BikeSafe workshops (subject to a booking fee) which are aimed at improving motorcycling skills and encouraging riders to pass on knowledge and skills to get motorcyclists to take post-test Advanced Training which can realise their best potential and become safer riders.

Supported by all six local authorities, the workshops are held throughout the year at various locations across the region and the day includes an ‘assessment ride’ where participants get vital feedback.

Further information regarding the workshops, including booking, is available via the national

BikeSafe website