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Wirral Egg Run will mark start for police motorcycle safety drive
11:01am Friday 23rd March 2012 in News
Police are gearing up to provide safety advice as the motorbiking season starts next month.
Sunday, April 1, will see the start of Wirral's world-famous charity Egg Run, when upwards 8,000 bikers take to the borough's roads.
To coincide with the event, Merseyside Police are launching their "Motorcycle Casualty Reduction Campaign."
Throughout April, which traditionally sees a rise in riders taking to the roads as the weather improves, motorcycle police will be visiting popular biker haunts to talk with riders and advise them on all aspects of motorbike safety and law.
Constable Mike Abram, from Merseyside Police's Collision Reduction Team, said: "Motorcycling remains statistically one of the most dangerous activities for motorists.
"We are committed to reducing the numbers of riders who are killed or seriously injured on our roads through education and enforcement.
"As well as engaging with motorcyclists we will be embarking on an enforcement campaign aimed at those who ride dangerously or inappropriately for the roads and conditions.
"We will also be looking at other motorists who commit offences that may result in collisions with motorcyclists, such as failing to conform to traffic signs and lines, as well as distraction offences such as using mobile phones while driving.”
In keeping with tradition, this year's Egg Run starts at New Brighton and finishes at Clatterbridge Hospital.
The route will see riders pass through Wallasey Village, Moreton Cross, Moreton, Hoylake, West Kirkby, Caldy and Heswall before arriving at Clatterbridge Hospital in Thornton Hough.
As well as policing the run, officers from Merseyside and other local forces will be on hand to provide safety advice to riders before the start at 11am.
Road closures will be in place for the run and diversion routes will be signposted for motorists to avoid the area.
Police have worked alongside organisers of the Wirral Egg Run, which will have the same route as the last seven years and is designed to cause the minimum amount of disruption to motorists.