Bikers warned after weekend collisions

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Motorcyclists are being urged by Grampian Police to take extra care after w eekend of good weather saw an increase in the number of bikers taking to the road.

Over the weekend, six collisions involving motorcycles took place across the Grampian region, with a number of riders sustaining injuries as a result.

Deeside and Donside have a number of popular motorcycle routes, including the north and south Deeside roads, the A944 to Alford and Donside and the Cairn O’Mount road.

The first collision occurred on Friday afternoon (March 23) in the Mastrick area of Aberdeen when the rider, a 48-year-old man, left his machine in a single-vehicle collision. He suffered leg injuries.

The remaining five collisions occurred on Sunday (March 25).

The first occurred about 10.45am on the A939 Corgarff to Tomintoul road, when the 32-year-old male rider left his machine in a single-vehicle collision. He is believed to have suffered an injury his arm.

An hour later, on the A97 Lumsden to Rhynie road, the 37-year-old male rider of a motorcycle left his machine in a further single-vehicle collision. He suffered a shoulder injury.

About 3.20pm on the B9008 Tomintoul to Glenlivet road, a female motorcyclist left her machine in another single vehicle collision. She suffered an injury to her wrist.

At about 4.45pm, on Regent Street, Keith, a collision occurred between a motorcycle being ridden by a 54-year-old man and a green Ford Fiesta. The motorcyclist suffered arm and leg injuries. The car driver was uninjured.

Finally, at about 5pm, a moped ridden by a 16-year-old male was involved in a collision with a black Audi A3 on North Anderson Drive, Aberdeen. He suffered back injuries.

Commenting on the collisions, Chief Inspector Ian Wallace, head of roads policing with Grampian Police, said: “This weekend saw a total of eight serious road traffic collisions, six of which involved motorcyclists and from that six, four were single-vehicle collisions involving motorcycles.

“The 2012 motorcycling season has started promptly this year with some excellent riding conditions, however, to have this number of serious motorcycle collisions over one weekend is quite concerning.”

As motorcyclists venture out onto the roads again, they can reduce the risk of becoming seriously injured with a few basic safety tips which include:

* Ensuring that their machine is mechanically ready for the road, including the checking of tyre pressures .

* Wearing appropriate protective clothing to reduce the chance of sustaining serious injury.

* Taking some time to get familiar with your motorcycle again

* Travelling at an appropriate speed, especially when cornering

* Increasing motorcycle visibility - use the motorcycle’s headlight and wear high visibility clothing.

* Being mindful of risks when overtaking

* Taking particular care when cornering

* Adopting the stance of ‘expecting the unexpected’

* Considering going for additional motorcycle training to improve skills

Further motorcycle safety advice can be found at www.aroundthecorner.org.uk