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Appeal for Witnesses

Witness AppealA motorcyclist has sadly died after his machine was in collision with a car in Easington village.

The crash happened at 7.45pm on Sunday, 6th October on the B1283 at its junction with Thorpe Road.

Two vehicles were involved, a beige coloured Nissan Micra driven by an 84-year-old woman from Peterlee and a black Suzuki GSXR 600 motorbike.
The car was heading east along the section of the B1283 which is Rosemary Lane, intending to turn right onto Thorpe Road. The bike was heading in the opposite direction along Seaside Lane approaching the junction when the car turned right and the two collided.

The motorcyclist, 41-year-old Ronald JOHNSON of Holmhill Gardens, Easington Colliery suffered fatal injuries as a result and he was certified dead at the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough a short time later. The driver of the Micra was also treated at the same hospital, for shock and a minor injury to her knee before being released home.
As a result of the crash the road was closed to traffic until half-past midnight.

Police are appealing for any witnesses, or anyone else who may have been on the roads in that area and saw either the car or the motorbike to contact the collision investigation unit on 0191 375 2159

Todays meeting CANCELLED

Cancel-BWMBCToday’s meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club has had to be cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions.

Heavy rain fell overnight leaving the car park very wet & early morning fog together with a forecast of rain coming from the south has left us no alternative than to cancel on safety grounds.

We are actively looking for an indoor premises with the winter rapidly approaching.

Karting NE are still scheduled to run tomorrow, Mon 21st and also Mon 4th Nov

BikeSafe Durham – Last workshop of 2013

DAM Bikesafe Presentation Aykley Heads-1-2The last BikeSafe Durham workshop for 2013 was held at BikeWise HQ,  on Saturday 5th October, with another eight riders taking part. 

Almost  forty riders have now been on a BikeSafe workshop with us this year. Feedback from participants on the days we have held so far has been very positive and several riders have gone on to join Durham Advanced Motorcyclists and pass their Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) Test.

The latest to do this is Shaun Doyle from Craghead.

Shaun truly has “Bridged The Gap” with BikeSafe, having attended the National BikeSafe show in Doncaster earlier on in the year.

At the show he had an assessed ride with Pc Jim Gratton who signed him up for the first Bikesafe Workshop in Durham in June. During the day Shaun took full  advantage of our offer to join Durham Advanced Motorcyclists, and has taken part in their Skills for Life riding package, recently passing his IAM Test.

Shaun came along to our latest workshop and was presented with his IAM Test Certificate, together with a £75 refund from the Durham Road Safety Partnership, as a contribution towards his further training.

This offer is available to all those riders who have been on a 2013 Bikesafe workshop with us.

Full details about further BikeSafe workshops planned for 2014 will be placed here on the BikeWise website in due course.

For further details about BikeSafe Durham, please contact PC Jim Gratton on : 0191 3752136 or email

Next Meeting of the BWMBC

MBCThe next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be on  :

Sunday, 20th October at Carrville Park & Ride.
Usual start time of 1030hrs with signing on from 1000hrs.

The forecast for the weekend is not particularly good so please check the website or Facebook/Twitter on Sunday before traveling. If we need to cancel due to adverse weather we will post on the above and also send out an email to members’

Karting NE will be hosting there Mini Moto night on Monday 21st October and the final evening meeting will be on 4th November..

Good luck to all our members who are competing in the Scottish Championship at Kirkcaldy this Sunday