Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Don't put bikes last

Local Environment Minister Edwin Poots has released a consultation paper on a road safety strategy to take the province up to 2010 and there are a number of proposals, most of them positive, about motorcycling.

However, there’s one which should concern every biker in the country and dealers, too, for that matter. The proposal is to assess the potential of introducing different speed limits for motorcycles.

That simply would be a disaster if it were ever to happen. Imagine us being restricted to 50 mph on certain roads while the rest of the traffic would be travelling at 60. A nightmare.

Trevor Baird of the Write to Ride web site agrees with the positive spirit of the paper but has concerns over some options including hi viz jackets and reflective strips on jackets, helmets, etc, but vehemently opposes the different speed limits.

“Restricting one form of transport over others is inherently dangerous and totally uncalled for because it would inhibit the free flow of traffic and, in the case of overtaking, could actually create the potential for collisions, not to mention frustration for other drivers,” he warns.

Full details of the proposals on www.writetoride co.uk/doe road safety consultation.html

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