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By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 04, 2014

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BIKERS from across East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire are being targeted as part of new campaigns to help promote safer riding and improve road safety.

In Staffordshire, a special biker breakfast will be held from 9am to 3pm tomorrow at the National Memorial Arboretum in a bid to promote safer riding among the area’s bikers by offering advice, the opportunity to access training courses and the chance to have their riding skills assessed.

In Derbyshire, police and council chiefs are urging bikers to stay safe on the roads and using an accident on the A444 in February, which left the 19-year-old rider, from Swadlincote, with 
serious injuries, as an example of the dangers that riders face on the roads.

Mark Winnington, cabinet member for economy and infrastructure with Staffordshire County Council, said: “Keeping our roads safe is one of our top priorities and this includes helping our bikers to improve their riding skills when out on the county’s roads.

“The breakfast events we’ve held so far have been very successful and are giving bikers a great opportunity to learn more about the importance of safer riding. And all over a bacon bap and coffee with their fellow bikers.”

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue community safety lead Stephanie Cooley said: “Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable people on the road with a 
disproportionate percentage being killed or injured when compared to other road users.

“This is something that the fire and rescue service, through the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership, is very keen to tackle.

“The Bikers’ Breakfasts have proved to be extremely popular since they were first launched and the number of people attending has grown year on year.

“They are a great opportunity for bikers to meet up and to gain new skills and knowledge that will help to keep them safe when they are the roads.”

Counterparts in Derbyshire are using the incident on the A444 which left the rider in a critical condition after a crash involving a lorry.

The rider is now believed to be slowly recovering from his injuries.

More information on the biker breakfast is available by calling 03001 118012.

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