Peterborough residents urged to check their bikes are roadworthy by police

Peterborough residents have been urged to check their bicycles or motorbikes are roadworthy as part of a new national campaign.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 2:40 pm

The 2 wheels campaign is headed by Police forces across the country and will run between April 12-18.

Ahead of this, Cambridgeshire Police, along with their colleagues in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, have appealed for people to check their bicycles and motorbikes before taking them out when the weather warms up and lockdown restrictions begin to ease.

Inspector Matt Snow said: “Bicycles and motorbikes may not be roadworthy after being locked up over the winter, even if they were in good condition on the day they went into storage.

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“Tyres can deflate over time and parts can seize so it is very important that people check their vehicles carefully before riding them. It is far better to fix an issue before setting off on a journey than discover a fault while out riding and potentially be involved in a collision.”

As well as ensuring pedal cycles and motorbikes are fit for summer, riders are urged to check they have the right equipment and that it is fit for purpose.

Throughout the two-week campaign, officers, including volunteers from the force’s Special Constabulary, will be out conducting high-visibility patrols, engaging with bikers and cyclists.

While the Government’s stay at home rule has ended, Police are keen to remind people that they should minimise domestic travel and not take long journeys unless absolutely necessary.

Anyone interested in learning more about motorcycle safety can attend one of this year’s Bike Safe workshops which are delivered by the police and start next month.

To find out more, visit https://bikesafe.co.uk/.