Figures for Lincolnshire show that almost a quarter of all reported road traffic collisions in the past five years have involved a cyclist or motorcyclist.
This week, Lincolnshire Police are supporting the NPCC’s (National Police Chief’s Council) ‘2Wheels Campaign’ in line with the force’s Op Falcon to raise awareness of the dangers faced by cyclists and motorcyclists.
Op Falcon is Lincolnshire Police’s continuing Road Safety Fatal Four Operation.
Twenty per cent of fatal collisions on our roads in Lincolnshire are motorcyclists and cyclists.
Figures show that 62 motorcyclist died as a result of a collision in the past five years and 13 cyclists died in the same period.
Year Fatal Serious Slight Total
2018 6 70 143 219
2017 12 84 140 236
2016 17 63 175 255
2015 16 57 185 258
2014 11 82 217 310
Total 62 356 860 1278
Year Fatal Serious Slight Total
2018 1 35 133 169
2017 3 41 110 154
2016 3 35 155 193
2015 5 35 192 232
2014 1 38 198 237
Total 13 184 788 985
But the campaign is not only aimed at two wheeled users, it is also aimed at motorists, all of whom we are encouraging to share the road responsibly to help reduce the number of collisions.
Cyclists and motorcyclists unfortunately feature heavily within road collisions and continue to be two of the most vulnerable road users. The aim of the national campaign is to raise awareness amongst all road users to improve driver behaviour but also to educate both groups of the dangers of not having the correct skills, knowledge and personal protective equipment.
Inspector Michael Burke for Lincolnshire Police said: "Our aim locally in supporting this national campaign is to improve awareness and raise road safety issues amongst cyclists, motorcyclists and other road users. Cyclists and motorcyclists are more vulnerable and we aim to do all we can, through both education and enforcement, to keep these two groups safe, and all motorists can play and part in this.”
Inspector Jason Baxter, Lincolnshire Specialist Operations, said: “Op Falcon is our annual operation aimed at reducing the number of people injured and killed in collisions on our roads. It’s objectives are the same as the NPCC’s campaign to reduce injuries and deaths, and educating all drivers and cyclists so we can work together to make the roads of Lincolnshire safer for everyone.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones said: "I am acutely aware that road safety is at a priority for our residents and have worked hard with colleagues in the force to find ways to reduce the terrible and pointless casualties that occur.
"There is still much work to be done but I'm delighted to see that the ideas and impetus created by the Road Safety Summit I called some months ago are taking effect.
"The creation of the Safer Roads Team is one result of that process and Operation Falcon and the 2Wheels campaign are further important steps in addressing this problem.
"Any loss of life and limb as a result of accidents on our roads is a horrible ordeal for both the victims and their families and I will continue to seek new and innovative ways of tackling this issue."
Police officers will be working alongside Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership to educate and deliver enforcement across the roads of Lincolnshire.
Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership will be educating motorists and cyclists by going out into communities and speaking to road user groups, businesses, companies and private enterprises.
This campaign falls in line with our Operation Safe Pass which was launched at the end of last year.
Operation Safepass was launched to educate road users on the safe distance that should be given when passing cyclists. This is identified as a minimum of 1.5 metres, or in other words “keep them alive at 1.5”. More details on this scheme can be found here https://www.lincs.police.uk/news-campaigns/news/2018/keep-them-alive-at-15-operation-safe-pass-results/
For more information on what the road safety partnership has to offer visit - https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lincolnshire-road-safety-partnership
21 May 19 8:55 AM