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LSCP co-sponsors National BikeSafe Motorcycle Show 2008
Over 17000 visitors attended the National BikeSafe Show during the last weekend of March. The show included road safety exhibitions, motorcycle attractions and manufacturer stalls selling motorcycle equipment and accessories. Motorcycle clubs and organisations also signed up new members and the BikeSafe Team lead 310 observed ride outs.
The LSCP's exhibition encouraged riders to keep their speed to the track, not public roads where lives could be put at risk. A motorcycle simulator attracted hundreds of visitors. Users were asked to complete two laps of the track safely before posting a safety hint or tip on the exhibition stand. Everyone who took a spin had the chance of winning a London BikeSafe day, a fleece and high-vis, first aid kit and an 8GB iPod.
Nathan Jones was judged the winner for Saturday with his excellent tip 'be seen, keep your speed and distance according to the road and weather conditions'.
Peter Arbeid was Sunday's winner and offered the following advice 'the most important thing when riding a bike is your attitude, keep a calm frame of mind at all times, and don't let anything change it'.
The LSCP stand also highlighted the fact that 20% of collisions in London involve a motorcycle, yet motorcycles make up less than 4% of the vehicles on London's roads. 60% of collisions involving motorcycles in London involve inappropriate speed.
BikeSafe is a national initiative aimed at reducing motorcycle casualties. BikeSafe London is a joint Transport for London / Metropolitan Police initiative. The scheme provides rider skills days which sees Police riders offering motorcyclists an assessment of their skills. Advice is also given on riding in London, how to be safe and how to make riding more enjoyable.
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