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Mountain Safe 5 April 2012

As the spring weather approaches with warmer and longer days, there is an increase in motorbike traffic on and around the Mountain Course. Typically this peaks at weekends and invariably due to the increased levels of traffic there is also an increase in the number of collisions on our roads. The Isle of Man’s Roads Policing Unit together with Department of Infrastructure’s Road Safety Team, Fire and Rescue Service, Ambulance Service and Institute of Advanced Motorists are planning to help combat these issues with a joint campaign called ‘Mountain Safe’.

The publicity image shows a rider heading from Douglas to Ramsey to remind all road users that the Mountain Road is two way except during the TT festival.

Mr David Cretney MHK Minister for Infrastructure said:

‘Traditionally from Easter onwards those Manx motorcyclists who have stored their bike during the winter take it for the first ride of the year, I know, I am one of them!. If it is your first outing spend a little time checking your machine, especially tyre pressures and the condition of the tyres, your fluid levels are all topped up, chain is lubricated and properly adjusted and finally practice a couple of stops to ensure your brakes are fully efficient. Whether you are riding or driving just take that extra moment to look for bikes before making a manoeuvre.’

Inspector Terry Stephen said:

‘This year’s campaign is aimed at engaging with motorcyclists; offering advice as to the roadworthiness of their bikes, promoting schemes such as the ‘crash card’ (which assists paramedics and medical personnel with vital personal information) and also encouraging motorcyclists to consider some advanced training with the IAM to improve their riding skills. All five partnership agencies will work together to get these points across and hopefully keep casualties low.
The campaign will run from Good Friday, for every weekend through to TT Practice week and throughout the campaign, we will have an increased presence around the TT Course and particularly on the Mountain section.
We want the motorcycling community to enjoy the Islands roads whilst riding safely and responsibly. Unfortunately during this period we do receive an increased number of complaints regarding the manner in which motorcycles and cars are driven. We will deal with any complaints of anti-social riding/driving robustly so that we can keep the wider public safe.’

Chris Roughley - Senior Observer, Isle of Man Advanced Motorcyclists added:

'Adjust your speed according to the road conditions, traffic and distance you can clearly see. You should always be able to stop safely whilst keeping to your side of the road, within the distance you can see to be clear. Anything else is little better than playing Russian Roulette.'

Isle of Man Fire is also supporting the campaign with its new ‘fire bike’ which will be touring the Island and the Ambulance Service will be encouraging riders to get a crash card and keep it up to date to help medics in the unfortunate event of an accident.

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