Stockport Council asks drivers to ‘Think Bike’

As we move towards lighter evenings and the weather gets warmer, we’re likely to see an increase in the number of motorcyclists on our roads.

Stockport Council will be reminding all drivers to look out for powered two wheelers by displaying highly visible ‘Think Bike’ signs across the road network, particularly along routes popular with motorcyclists.

New figures from the AA Populus Driver Poll show that nine out of ten drivers (85%) admit it is sometimes hard to see motorcyclists, and more than half (57%) are often surprised when a motorcyclist appears from nowhere. Clearly there needs to be much greater awareness of all road users.

Councillor Sheila Bailey, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “Motorcyclists make up just 1% of the traffic on our roads but last year accounted for 18% of road deaths, so reducing the number of bikers killed on our roads is a key priority. The ‘Think Bike’ signs are there to encourage car drivers to look out for motorcyclists as they drive.”