Glasgow City Council's Road Safety Unit is running a city-wide 'Think Bike' Motorcycle Campaign in partnership with Police Scotland which will launch on 9 May 2022 for 3 weeks.
In Glasgow, over the past 3 years, 61 motorcyclists have been killed or seriously injured on Glasgow's roads with as many as 60% of all motorcycle collisions occurring at a junction.
The campaign is designed to encourage all drivers to look once, look twice and THINK BIKE at junctions.
Research has shown that drivers aren't very good at spotting motorcyclists and other two wheelers because they occupy such a small part of our field of vision and when drivers do see motorcyclists, it's then difficult to gauge their speed compared to other larger vehicles.
'Sorry Mate I Didn't See You' (SMIDSY) is a phrase that is used too often by drivers who looked, but didn't actually LOOK for a motorcyclist.
So before pulling out of a junction, the best advice for drivers is LOOK all around AND make a specific check for motorcyclists coming towards you.
"They're not always easy to spot - but if you're expecting them to be there, then you're far more likely to see them in good time and prevent a serious or fatal collision
The number of riders on our roads tends to increase from March onwards and with a big increase in the number of young and sometimes inexperienced riders in the delivery industry, drivers need to pay more attention when negotiating junctions, especially when the view is restricted.
The campaign will also be benefit cyclists as the message is the same - GO SAFE AT JUNCTIONS and 'Look out for two wheelers'.
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