Wales

Actor Michael Sheen backs safe biker campaign

Hollywood star Michael Sheen is supporting a campaign encouraging safe motorcycling on Welsh roads.

The actor, will join police officers and patrons of safety charities to launch the Wales By Bike initiative.

Sheen, who grew up in Port Talbot and is also a motorbike enthusiast, will speak at the event in Swansea Valley.

The campaign is also backed by Melanie Davies, who was paralysed after in a biking accident when she was 15, but is still passionate about motorcycles.

She said she was keen to ensure that others didn't suffer the same fate.

"It was on 10 May 1980 - I was 15 years old and going out with a 19-year-old who I thought was God and had a massive bike," she said.

"We'd been to Porthcawl for a day out and were driving back along Aberavon seafront and we ended up going a round a 90 degree bend with sand in the road.

"He lost control of the bike and I was flung thru the air and landed on a wall and consequently broke my back.

"One minute I was walking - I'm 6ft tall and had a promising career as a possible model - and it just all went.

"(I was) trying to come to terms with the fact that I would never walk again, that I would not be in control of my bladder and other bodily parts."

The number of bikers killed on Welsh roads has reduced from its peak in 2007, but safety campaigners say there is still work to be done to bring down the number of motorcycle fatalities.

The Wales by Bike leaflet, now in its fifth year, has been designed to provide bikers across Wales with tips on how to be safe, common causes of accidents and training advice.

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