POLICE are taking positive steps to reduce the number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured on roads across Trafford.

The new BikeSafe campaign, designed to improve road safety across Greater Manchester, will provide motorcycle skills workshops for bikers and drivers.

Launched on Sunday, September 2, the new workshops are delivered by highly qualified traffic police officers from GMP’s Safer Roads Targeting Team.

The workshops include an observed ride, interactive presentations, discussions and safety advice.

The initiative aims to reduce the growing number of road traffic collisions involving motorbikes by further improving the skills, knowledge and hazard awareness of experienced riders, as well as less experienced riders.

Chief Inspector Gareth Parkin from GMP’s road policing unit said: “Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable road users across Greater Manchester and far too many riders are killed or seriously injured on our roads.

“Eleven motorcyclists have lost their lives on the roads so far this year and that is completely unacceptable.

“We’re working hard to reduce that number with the introduction of BikeSafe, a new Force measure that supports our wider operational work to reinforce rider safety and reduce casualties and fatalities.”

Public engagement and operational enforcement continues to be a priority for GMP and a recent week of action saw officers from the road policing unit on patrol across Greater Manchester.

The BikeSafe campaign will benefit both drivers and motorcyclists and will be targeting riders who behave in an anti-social maner which can often cause serious and fatal collisions.

Chief Inspector Parkin added: “Drivers can often underestimate the proximity of motorcycles, causing risk of collision when pulling out at junctions.

“We’re encouraging drivers to take longer to look for motorcyclists and think about the person, not the bike.

“Motorbikes are powerful machines and failing to treat them as such can lead to devastating consequences.

“It is vital that riders remain vigilant at all times, pay attention to their speed and surroundings and to be aware of other road users at all times.”

More information and details on how to book a BikeSafe workshop can be found online at www.bikesafe.co.uk/greater-manchester