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ROAD SPORTS SCOOTER

Bikes buck safety trend

Slight increase in motorcycle fatalities mars

overall safety progress

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)

has welcomed a fall in deaths and injuries on UK roads

– to the lowest number since records began – but warned

that more work is needed to ensure this downward trend

continues.

The provisional road casualty figures for Great Britain in

2013, published in June by the Department for Transport

(DfT), show that overall road deaths fell by two per cent to

1,713 in 2013. The DfT report highlights that the number

of pedal cyclists killed dropped by eight per cent to 109 and

the number of seriously injured cyclists fell by two per cent

to 3,143 – the first decrease in seriously injured cyclists since

2004, a welcome change.

However, this welcome news is marred by a slight

increase of one per cent in motorcyclist deaths, which

rose to 331 in 2013. And the number of people killed on

motorways increased by 14 per cent to 100 in 2013, the first

increase since 2005.

Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at RoSPA, said:

“These figures are good news and continue the long-term

reduction in death and injury on our roads. However, even

with these improvements, there are around five deaths and

500 casualties a day on the roads, which shows there is still

much work to do.”

Bikesure updates rider insurance

Increased cover for riding kit

Insurance broker Bikesure has increased the limits on its

helmet and leather insurance from £1,000 to up to £2,000

for those with a Bikesure motorcycle policy, acknowledging

that much riding kit costs large sums of money.

Cover includes motorcycle clothing, including leathers,

riding boots, gloves and helmets damaged as a result of

an accident in the UK, and prices range from £24.99 for

£1,000 of cover, to £29.99 for £1,500 and up to £34.99 for

a £2,000 limit. A stand-alone policy with a limit of £1,000

is also available.

Gerry Bucke, general manager at Bikesure, said: “With

technology improving all the time, helmets and leathers

can cost a lot of money, and will often need to be replaced

following an accident. We’re improving our cover to reflect

the fact that serious bikers want the best protection.”

Contact Bikesure on 0844 880 3980.