THINK BIKE signs returning to A380 Newton Road

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By newtonnews | Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 10:39

“THINK BIKE” and “BIKER IN YOUR BLINDSPOT?” motorcycle safety signs are returning to the Newton Road (A380).

This follows the success of the safety campaign last year – where the signs were used on the stretch from Penn Inn to Kerswell Gardens.

One motorcyclist crashed on this section of the A380 in 2010, compared with five in 2009, and 11 in 2008 before the signs were first introduced.

The specific location of the signs has been reviewed and they have been put in place to tackle issues in areas where riders have been hit by cars emerging from junctions in front of them.

Clive Cook, of the local Motorcycle Action Group (MAG), said:

"We have a relatively low motorcycle accident rate in the county compared with others, but we recognise the need for constant vigilance.

"Some of the county's roads are very busy, and we feel that signs in high risk areas are an effective way to remind drivers to 'Think Bike'."

Three other routes in Devon have also been selected for the installation of the motorcycle signs having been identified as having a high number of bike crashes over the last three years

A381 Kingsteignton - Teignmouth: Seven injury crashes over an approximate three kilometre stretch.

A379 Near Powderham Castle: Seven injury crashes over an approximate two kilometre stretch.

A382 Newton Abbot - Whiddon Down: One fatal and 12 injury crashes.

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