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22/07/2021

Wishing You Could Have Stayed in Bed a Bit Longer Today?

After some miserable weather to start the year, the sunshine and warmer days have been welcomed by most people!

However, for those spending most of the day at home or those who don’t have the luxury of air conditioning in their workplace, the heat can be exhausting. Coupled with higher temperatures at night making it difficult to sleep for the past few days, some people may be unaware of the risks of driving while tried. 

A driver or rider who has fallen asleep cannot brake or swerve so unfortunately collisions tend to involve high speed impacts, often resulting in death or serious injury.

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20/07/2021

Operation SNAP Submitters Portal Goes Live

GoSafe has launched a brand new Operation SNAP Submitters Portal.

The webpage will allow members of the public who submit footage via Operation SNAP to access updates on the outcome of their submissions, as well as be informed on the retention requirements of the original footage they submitted.

Since 2017, members of the public have been submitting footage of dangerous and careless driving they have witnessed on the roads of Wales to the Police via Operation SNAP.

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21/06/2021

Ride to Work Day - Advocating Motorcycling

Today, 21st June 2021, Wales By Bike is reminding everybody that it's national 'Ride to Work Day' led by the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG).

The campaign message is that motorcycles can be part of the solution to current transport problems - not part of the problem.

For many, cycling and walking can be the natural choice for local everyday journeys, but where active travel isn’t feasible, using powered-two-wheelers for commuting and local trips reduces congestion, pollution, CO2 emissions and parking issues.

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10/05/2021

Council Confirms Decision to Remove Traffic Lights

Monmouthshire County Council has confirmed that the traffic lights on Bridge Street in Usk will be removed today, Monday 10th May, allowing for the return to two-way traffic. The decision has come following a review of the traffic management system and feedback from businesses and residents.

As Wales now enters Alert Level 3 of its COVID plan, with schools and the majority of businesses having reopened, the short-term interventions introduced by the council in 2020 have been re-evaluated. When the measures were introduced last year, the COVID-19 case rates across the county were significantly higher and the vaccine roll out had not taken place. Now, with more vehicles on the roads through Usk once again, the council has taken a view that benefits of the temporary traffic measures are being negated by the issues experienced recently by motorists and businesses.

A spokesperson for the council said: “The easing of lockdown restrictions and the reopening of schools and businesses have resulted in increased traffic volumes in Usk and we have been aware of longer queue times and queue lengths along Bridge Street recently. We are concerned that with the increased traffic levels, the temporary lights are no longer operating effectively and have concluded that now is the right time to remove them. Although pollution levels remain well below trigger levels, we are also concerned that increased queue lengths could result in a potential impact on air quality, which we want to avoid.

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12/02/2021

Brake Before the Bend

Wales by Bike is highlighting how country roads can give the exhilaration some motorcyclists crave, even when commuting to work during lockdown, but pointing out that these roads often have sharp or blind bends that can hide countless potential hazards.

Bushes, trees and buildings can block the rider's view and obscure oncoming hazards, and there is also the potential of being faced with animals in the road when entering or exiting a bend.

Consider this: you may have used the same route a thousand times, you know how sharp the next corner is, you even know the location of a pothole that you've noticed getting bigger over the past few weeks. But, unfortunately you’ll never ever know 100% what’s around the next corner until you get there.

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21/10/2020

Wales By Bike - Promoting CRASH Cards

At some point in your motorcycle riding life you may have an ‘unscheduled dismount’ or you may be with a rider who does. 'CRASH' is a set of easy to remember steps to keep you safe, as well as the unfortunate rider who has been involved in a collision.

One side of the card has the mnemonic 'CRASH'. The person making the 999 call is the most important person at the scene, because the information they give determines the response of the emergency services.

The card follows a similar set of questions universally used by ambulance service control centres, and focuses on safety, the location of the collision, and how serious it is. The other side includes information used by the ambulance service and hospital, including space to list any medication to which they are allergic, current medical history and the details of any medication they currently take.

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20/08/2020

Changing Attitudes For Better Riding

Human error is the leading cause in more than 90% of road traffic collisions. These collisions are preventable and usually the consequence of unsafe practices. 

In its latest blog, Wales By Bike is reminding motorcyclists that a good standard of riding requires a good attitude and respect of personal and other road users’ safety. The likelihood of a collision increases when poor attitude, speed and risk-taking are present.

Selfish, aggressive and illegal riding leads to significantly greater risk for motorcyclists and others sharing the road space; such behaviour is a matter of choice and motorcyclists displaying a flagrant disregard for the law and safety can expect to be prosecuted.

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28/07/2020

Significant Increase in Weekend Bikers

Police in Wales are using live data to track the busiest areas across Wales as six times more bikers take to the roads over summer weekends.

Technology under trunk roads across Wales is feeding police with patterns of vehicle movements as they happen, allowing officers to be strategically placed at traffic hotspots.

Figures issued by Dyfed-Powys Police show that over the past two weekends, there have been six times more bikers on the roads compared with weekdays.

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22/07/2020

Bikers Clocked at 127mph During Police Operation in Brecon

Fourteen people were caught speeding during a police operation near Brecon last Sunday, with two bikers recorded riding at a staggering 127mph.

Dyfed-Powys Police Roads Policing officers took part in the force’s Operation Darwen, which promotes rider and driver safety.

Officers targeted the A470 Brecon bypass following a number of complaints from residents about speeding, with shocking speeds recorded during the day.

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10/07/2020

COVID-19 Precautions for Motorcyclists

Now that the Welsh population is permitted to travel further afield that 5 miles from home, this weekend, many motorcyclists will undoubtedly be looking forward to their first significant ride for months.

As well as the usual safety precautions to avoid collisions and breakdowns, a new blog from Wales By Bike has highlighted some extra issues to consider to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 Ways to keep yourself safe:

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