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Easter Egg Run Update

Layout 1Well it was lovely to see some blue sky and sun today and the forecast is for a bit more tomorrow so the Easter Egg Run will be going ahead (unless we have snow on the ground in the morning !)

For those of you who were up early this morning , you will know that there was snow first thing, but it quickly melted and it has been noticeable that quite a few bikes have been out on the roads today.

The BikeWise team will be in at HQ by 07000hrs in the morning and if there is any doubt about the safety of the ride due to weather conditions then it will be posted on the website  : www.bikewise.org.uk, and on our FaceBook & Twitter accounts

Please remember that the ride is leaving Carrville at 0930hrs and that tonight, the clocks go forward  by an hour.

(If you forget to put your clock forward then you’ll be at Carrville on your own as we’ll be at Darlington !!)

Please wrap up warm as the windchill when we’re riding will be a lot colder. Pay particular attention to your hands, feet and neck.

Please click on the image above to view full details of the ride and register online (560 of you have already done so), so that we have an idea of how many bikes to expect.

Fingers crossed for some sunshine in the morning Smile

SHARP issue 11 new ratings

Sharp-Helmet-Ratings

SHARP has published safety ratings for a further 11 motorcycle helmets

The ratings include 8 full face and 3 flip-front models, taking the total number of helmets rated by SHARP to 300.


Further helmets will be tested by SHARP through the summer and we anticipate they will be publishing some further results later in the year. We will let you know when these the ratings are published.

To view the new ratings or to check out how your own helmet rates please visit their website by clicking on the image or this link : http://sharp.direct.gov.uk/

Next Meeting(s) of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club

MBCWell…. Spring has arrived and we can tell you when the next meeting (s)  of the club will be !!

Karting North East (Warden Law) will be starting their fortnightly sessions from Monday 25th March (1700hrs - 2000hrs). In view of this weekends weather forecast and the location of Karting NE, we would advise you to ring the centre on 0191 521 4050 if you have any doubts about the weather before travelling. (These events are not run by the BWMBC)

The next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be either  Saturday, 6th April at QC Space, Peterlee OR Sunday 7th April outdoor at Carrville.

We would prefer to run outdoor at Carrville but will have to make a decision dependant upon the weather closer to the time so please keep checking the website.

  Usual start time of 1030hrs with signing on from 1000hrs.
(We will not be able to train any new starters indoors at QC Space,  as we do not have the facilities.)

New £1.3million Think! Motorcycle campaign launched

s630_tom-think-bikeThe Government has (once again) launched a new £1.3million campaign to get drivers to look out for riders at junctions.

Radio and petrol station ads will run from now until May urging drivers to take longer to look for riders.

Ads will also appear on Video On Demand TV, aimed particularly at young drivers.
The campaign tells drivers to ‘see the person behind the helmet’ and is timed to coincide with riders returning to the roads for spring. 

In 2011, 74% of motorcyclist deaths and serious injuries involved another vehicle.
The Department for Transport is spending more on the initiative than almost any other road safety campaign this year apart from a push to curb drink-driving. 

Launching the campaign, Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond said:  “Thirty bikers are killed or injured in accidents at junctions every day. I am determined to reduce this terrible toll.

"That is why we are funding this THINK! campaign to remind drivers to look out for motorcyclists - particularly at junctions - and to see the person behind the helmet, not just a motorbike."

A DfT statement said: ‘The campaign was informed by accident statistics, which show that motorists pulling out in front of motorcyclists is a major cause of deaths and injuries; and wider research showing that drivers are more likely to notice motorcyclists on the roads if they know a biker themselves.’

Injuries to motorcyclists are out of proportion to their presence on our roads. Motorcyclists are just 1% of total road traffic, but account for 19% of all road user deaths.

The facts
  • In 2011 362 motorcyclists died and 5,247 were seriously injured in road collisions in Great Britain.
  • Motorcyclists are 25 times more likely to be killed compared to all other road users.
  • Motorcyclist KSIs have fallen since 2008 when 493 motorcyclists were killed and 5,556 were seriously injured on Britain's roads.
  • 30 motorcyclists are killed or injured every day at junctions.

Motorcycle Parking at Durham Services

The two motorcycle frames that were installed at the Roadchef Services (Durham Services) in 1995 have had a bit of a spring clean and been brought ‘up to date’ .

The frames were originally purchased with funding from the Durham Agency Against Crime and were installed when the new RoadChef (Durham) Services were opened. This coincided with our first BikeWise show in 1995 which was opened by ‘Sgt Bob Cryer’, actor & keen motorcyclist Eric Richard who was the star of the long running TV series ‘The Bill’

Eric is seen in the bottom photograph at the opening of the motorcycle parking area with retired Sgt Bob Brown and PC Paul Rodgers.

Eric still keeps ‘up to date’ with the BikeWise ‘world’ through his nephew, PC Ian Squire who is a serving officer on the Dog Section of Durham Constabulary and can be seen most years at the dog display at BikeWise show.

The frames have been well used by thousands of motorcyclists as the services are a regular meeting place for many motorcycle groups including our own BikeWise Training and Durham Advanced Motorcyclists and were looking ‘tired’. The new signs reflect the image of BikeWise and also promote the website : www.bikewise.org.uk

To view the location of the services and parking area please click here

Secure Parking 1 Secure Parking 2
ER-Roadchef Sgt Bob Cryer

Next Meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club

MBCThe next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be  Saturday, 9th March at QC Space, Peterlee.


Usual start time of 1030hrs with signing on from 1000hrs.


(We will not be able to train any new starters indoors as we do not have the space.)