Welsh roads safer for bikers
Official statistics have revealed a clear fall in the number of bikers killed and injured on Welsh roads for the first time in five years.
The statistics show 693 incidents involved bikers on Welsh roads in 2015, 25 of which were deaths. The statistics for the previous year, however, hit a seven-year high of 749 incidents and 28 deaths, prompting an outcry from safety campaigners.
A spokesman for the Welsh government said: "We want to see that reduction continue further still… What's clear, however, is that government cannot do this alone and we must all share a responsibility to ensure that we use our roads safely."
While this is welcome progress, the overall situation on the nation’s roads remains grim for bikers. Despite constituting 41% of all deaths and serious injuries on Welsh roads, motorcyclists are a tiny minority of all road users and account for just 0.2% of the traffic. Across the United Kingdom as a whole, bikers account for 21% of all road deaths.
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