Pioneering electronic signs installed at East Lancs motorbike accident hotspots

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Pioneering new electronic illuminated warnings will flash at motorbike blackspots  in an effort to cut down on tragic loss of life Pioneering new electronic illuminated warnings will flash at motorbike blackspots in an effort to cut down on tragic loss of life

PIONEERING new electronic illuminated signs are being installed at East Lancashire motorbike accident blackspots, the first such use of the technology in Britain.

Over the next few weeks the flashing warnings will be placed in rotation at three locations with a reputation for two-wheeled collisions and injuries.

The state-of-the-art LED signs have just been installed on the A675 between Belmont and Abbey Village and the A682 Blacko to Gisburn.

In two weeks time one will move to on Long Lane between Chorley and Rivington Barn, Lancashire County Council is installing the signs.

They feature eye-catching warnings, to support the government's 'THINK!' road safety campaign.

They will circulate between eight locations in the county for the next two months.

And if they are as effective as hoped they will become a permanent feature of the summer roadscape.

Figures show that motorbikes account for only one per cent of traffic on Lancashire's roads, but 15 per cent of all collisions.

Between April 2013 and April 2014, 178 people were killed or seriously injured in collisions involving motorbikes in the county.

A number of East Lancashire roads have old fashioned yellow and black ‘Think Bike’ warning signs from previous safety campaigns. They include the A646 Burnley Road between Cliviger and Bacup which claimed the lives of three motorcyclists between 2008 and 2010, the A671 Bacup Road and lanes on Pendle Hill.

The new campaign will see three signs rotated across eight locations in the county during the peak summer biking months.

LCC highways boss John Fillis, said: “Reducing the number of collisions on Lancashire's roads is one of our priorities.

“More than 800 people have been killed or seriously injured in motorbike incidents over the last five years.

“These signs are an important part of our plans.

“And we've worked closely with the police to make sure we install them where they will have the biggest impact.

“The 'THINK! biker!' warnings are very visible and can be seen by approaching traffic.”

The new signs are supported by Lancashire Police’s Inspector Dave Mangan.

He has launched the 'Last Ride? Your choice' warning of the danger of riding while you aret ired.

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6:36pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Copperhead says...

I've been a motorcyclist since 1967 and I have to say that the reason for so many accidents and fatalities is stupidity by the riders.
They ride far too fast and take ridiculous chances when overtaking.
You can see them every sunny Sunday ( none of them use a bike for day-to-day commuting ) wearing outsized leather Babygros and fancy helmets and looking for all the world like middle-aged pot-bellied Power Rangers. Go to Devil's Bridge near Kirby Lonsdale any Sunday and see what I mean. They ride like idiots, go far too fast and generally get motorcyclists a bad name.
If they rode more sensibly and rode machines more practical than these stupid
" race replicas " there would be far, far fewer accidents.
I use a bike every day for work and shopping and don't want to see my beloved bikes legislated off the road because of these idiots.
I've been a motorcyclist since 1967 and I have to say that the reason for so many accidents and fatalities is stupidity by the riders. They ride far too fast and take ridiculous chances when overtaking. You can see them every sunny Sunday ( none of them use a bike for day-to-day commuting ) wearing outsized leather Babygros and fancy helmets and looking for all the world like middle-aged pot-bellied Power Rangers. Go to Devil's Bridge near Kirby Lonsdale any Sunday and see what I mean. They ride like idiots, go far too fast and generally get motorcyclists a bad name. If they rode more sensibly and rode machines more practical than these stupid " race replicas " there would be far, far fewer accidents. I use a bike every day for work and shopping and don't want to see my beloved bikes legislated off the road because of these idiots. Copperhead
  • Score: 5

7:38pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Just an observer says...

Copperhead wrote:
I've been a motorcyclist since 1967 and I have to say that the reason for so many accidents and fatalities is stupidity by the riders.
They ride far too fast and take ridiculous chances when overtaking.
You can see them every sunny Sunday ( none of them use a bike for day-to-day commuting ) wearing outsized leather Babygros and fancy helmets and looking for all the world like middle-aged pot-bellied Power Rangers. Go to Devil's Bridge near Kirby Lonsdale any Sunday and see what I mean. They ride like idiots, go far too fast and generally get motorcyclists a bad name.
If they rode more sensibly and rode machines more practical than these stupid
" race replicas " there would be far, far fewer accidents.
I use a bike every day for work and shopping and don't want to see my beloved bikes legislated off the road because of these idiots.
Looking at your age, i'm not so sure if your mobility cart with baskets constitute anymore. I cannot see why you are blaming ALL motorcyclists as a whole, it is today's younger generation minority that, give a bad name to all riders. you may even be surprised to hear, a few of my younger friends elect to show their skills out on the track, not on today's roads.
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: I've been a motorcyclist since 1967 and I have to say that the reason for so many accidents and fatalities is stupidity by the riders. They ride far too fast and take ridiculous chances when overtaking. You can see them every sunny Sunday ( none of them use a bike for day-to-day commuting ) wearing outsized leather Babygros and fancy helmets and looking for all the world like middle-aged pot-bellied Power Rangers. Go to Devil's Bridge near Kirby Lonsdale any Sunday and see what I mean. They ride like idiots, go far too fast and generally get motorcyclists a bad name. If they rode more sensibly and rode machines more practical than these stupid " race replicas " there would be far, far fewer accidents. I use a bike every day for work and shopping and don't want to see my beloved bikes legislated off the road because of these idiots.[/p][/quote]Looking at your age, i'm not so sure if your mobility cart with baskets constitute anymore. I cannot see why you are blaming ALL motorcyclists as a whole, it is today's younger generation minority that, give a bad name to all riders. you may even be surprised to hear, a few of my younger friends elect to show their skills out on the track, not on today's roads. Just an observer
  • Score: 1

12:30am Sun 29 Jun 14

Bernard Righton says...

Just an observer wrote:
Copperhead wrote:
I've been a motorcyclist since 1967 and I have to say that the reason for so many accidents and fatalities is stupidity by the riders.
They ride far too fast and take ridiculous chances when overtaking.
You can see them every sunny Sunday ( none of them use a bike for day-to-day commuting ) wearing outsized leather Babygros and fancy helmets and looking for all the world like middle-aged pot-bellied Power Rangers. Go to Devil's Bridge near Kirby Lonsdale any Sunday and see what I mean. They ride like idiots, go far too fast and generally get motorcyclists a bad name.
If they rode more sensibly and rode machines more practical than these stupid
" race replicas " there would be far, far fewer accidents.
I use a bike every day for work and shopping and don't want to see my beloved bikes legislated off the road because of these idiots.
Looking at your age, i'm not so sure if your mobility cart with baskets constitute anymore. I cannot see why you are blaming ALL motorcyclists as a whole, it is today's younger generation minority that, give a bad name to all riders. you may even be surprised to hear, a few of my younger friends elect to show their skills out on the track, not on today's roads.
Think you'll find most of the d1ckheds are born agains with a bit of cash to spend on a sports bike
[quote][p][bold]Just an observer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: I've been a motorcyclist since 1967 and I have to say that the reason for so many accidents and fatalities is stupidity by the riders. They ride far too fast and take ridiculous chances when overtaking. You can see them every sunny Sunday ( none of them use a bike for day-to-day commuting ) wearing outsized leather Babygros and fancy helmets and looking for all the world like middle-aged pot-bellied Power Rangers. Go to Devil's Bridge near Kirby Lonsdale any Sunday and see what I mean. They ride like idiots, go far too fast and generally get motorcyclists a bad name. If they rode more sensibly and rode machines more practical than these stupid " race replicas " there would be far, far fewer accidents. I use a bike every day for work and shopping and don't want to see my beloved bikes legislated off the road because of these idiots.[/p][/quote]Looking at your age, i'm not so sure if your mobility cart with baskets constitute anymore. I cannot see why you are blaming ALL motorcyclists as a whole, it is today's younger generation minority that, give a bad name to all riders. you may even be surprised to hear, a few of my younger friends elect to show their skills out on the track, not on today's roads.[/p][/quote]Think you'll find most of the d1ckheds are born agains with a bit of cash to spend on a sports bike Bernard Righton
  • Score: 0

7:40am Mon 30 Jun 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

State of the art? Looks like a Commodore 64.

There should also be a sign with a picture of a car to remind bikers that they're not the only vehicles on the road.

Or alternatively, we could stop wasting taxpayers money on gimmicks.
State of the art? Looks like a Commodore 64. There should also be a sign with a picture of a car to remind bikers that they're not the only vehicles on the road. Or alternatively, we could stop wasting taxpayers money on gimmicks. BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 1

11:23am Mon 30 Jun 14

rudis_dad says...

Copperhead wrote:
I've been a motorcyclist since 1967 and I have to say that the reason for so many accidents and fatalities is stupidity by the riders.
They ride far too fast and take ridiculous chances when overtaking.
You can see them every sunny Sunday ( none of them use a bike for day-to-day commuting ) wearing outsized leather Babygros and fancy helmets and looking for all the world like middle-aged pot-bellied Power Rangers. Go to Devil's Bridge near Kirby Lonsdale any Sunday and see what I mean. They ride like idiots, go far too fast and generally get motorcyclists a bad name.
If they rode more sensibly and rode machines more practical than these stupid
" race replicas " there would be far, far fewer accidents.
I use a bike every day for work and shopping and don't want to see my beloved bikes legislated off the road because of these idiots.
So basically you're saying that we should all be riding BSA Bantams at 20mph, wearing ****-pot lids and Belstaffs?

I've been riding bikes for 20-odd years, and trust me, there always were morons who ride well outside their abilities, no matter what they ride or what they wear. You can't tar everyone with same brush - just as there are weekend warriors who have "all the gear and no idea" doesn't mean that we ALL don't know what we're doing. I've ridden race reps, sports-tourers, muscle bikes, customs, trail bikes, the lot yet somehow I manage to stick to the rules of the road and so far I've managed to survive.

Your little whinge smells of nothing more than jealousy and bitterness to me because some people have more fun than you. Don't be a clampit all your life, have a day off.
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: I've been a motorcyclist since 1967 and I have to say that the reason for so many accidents and fatalities is stupidity by the riders. They ride far too fast and take ridiculous chances when overtaking. You can see them every sunny Sunday ( none of them use a bike for day-to-day commuting ) wearing outsized leather Babygros and fancy helmets and looking for all the world like middle-aged pot-bellied Power Rangers. Go to Devil's Bridge near Kirby Lonsdale any Sunday and see what I mean. They ride like idiots, go far too fast and generally get motorcyclists a bad name. If they rode more sensibly and rode machines more practical than these stupid " race replicas " there would be far, far fewer accidents. I use a bike every day for work and shopping and don't want to see my beloved bikes legislated off the road because of these idiots.[/p][/quote]So basically you're saying that we should all be riding BSA Bantams at 20mph, wearing ****-pot lids and Belstaffs? I've been riding bikes for 20-odd years, and trust me, there always were morons who ride well outside their abilities, no matter what they ride or what they wear. You can't tar everyone with same brush - just as there are weekend warriors who have "all the gear and no idea" doesn't mean that we ALL don't know what we're doing. I've ridden race reps, sports-tourers, muscle bikes, customs, trail bikes, the lot yet somehow I manage to stick to the rules of the road and so far I've managed to survive. Your little whinge smells of nothing more than jealousy and bitterness to me because some people have more fun than you. Don't be a clampit all your life, have a day off. rudis_dad
  • Score: 0
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