Video: Suzi Perry, Darren Gough and James Toseland campaign for bike safety

18:10 30 April 2012

Celebrity bikers Suzi Perry, Darren Gough and James Toseland united at the Elephant and Castle North roundabout to campaign for improved biker safety.

The campaign is looking to include compulsory biker-related questions in the current driving test.

Bikers, despite accounting for one per cent of road traffic, make up 20 per cent of fatalities on Britain’s roads.

Bennetts motorcycle insurance company discovered that London proved to be the most dangerous area to ride, with a quarter of accidents happening in the capital.

The hotspots were at Elephant and Castle and Westway’s elevated section in White City.

Hannah Squirrell, director of marketing at Bennetts, said, “With an average of 78 accidents involving motorcycles occurring in the UK every single day, our latest findings aim to make all road-users more aware of the presence and vulnerability of bikers on Britain’s roads.

“Currently, would-be motorists are able to take their driving test without seeing a single question relating to motorcyclists, and so we’ve registered a petition to challenge this and hopefully help improve road safety for all.

“As the casualty rate of motorcyclists is currently a staggering 61 times greater than that of motorists, something must be done to increase awareness of bikers.”

The insurance company has set up an e-petitition to generate a debate in the House of Commons.

It has already been backed by three of the most influential motorcycling organisations: MCIA, MAG and the BMF, as well as celebrity bikers Matthew Pinsent, Iwan Thomas and Ray Quinn.

Former double World Superbikes champion James Toseland, MotoGP star Cal Crutchlow and Moto2’s Scott Redding are also helping encourage support in a bid to reach 100,000 signatures, which will then allow the petition to be raised in Parliament.

To find out more information about it and sign up, log onto www.bikerpetition.co.uk or http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/26272

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