Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man bike safety campaign launched

Isle of Man motorcyclists have been warned of an "increased police presence" on the Mountain Road, ahead of a seasonal road safety campaign.

Riders are being asked to ensure bikes that have been stored over the winter are fully serviced and road-worthy.

A government spokesman said the number of bikes on the road always increases in spring, as the weather improves.

He added: "Whether you are riding or driving take an extra moment to look for bikes before making a manoeuvre."

The road safety campaign, run jointly by the department of infrastructure and the police, will run every weekend until the TT festival in June.

'Russian Roulette'

A campaign spokesman said all those involved want the motorcycling community to enjoy the island's roads whilst riding safely and responsibly.

Chris Roughley, Senior Observer at the Isle of Man Advanced Motorcyclists, said: "Adjust your speed according to the road conditions, traffic and distance you can clearly see.

"You should always be able to stop safely whilst keeping to your side of the road, within the distance you can see to be clear. Anything else is little better than playing Russian roulette."

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